Loneliness will kill you

By taking action, you won’t just heal, you will build emotional resiliency and thrive. Dr. Winch calls on us all to practice good emotional hygiene. He believes it will dramatically improve our quality of life.

“There is a lot of research on loneliness and all of it is horrifying. Loneliness won’t just make you miserable. It will kill you.” –Guy Winch

So why don’t we practice emotional hygiene? Why don’t we prioritize our emotional health?

In this TED Talk by Dr. Guy Winch, PhD discusses Why we all need to practice emotional first aid. Better yet, he provides advice on How to beat loneliness.

By taking action, you won’t just heal, you will build emotional resiliency and thrive. Dr. Winch calls on us all to practice good emotional hygiene. He believes it will dramatically improve our quality of life.

I work for an organization that is built on the premise that loneliness in diabetes is something that needs to be addressed. By building community and addressing loneliness, people’s quality of life and quality of health will be improved. Through the stories of the people who participate in the programs of Diabetes Hands Foundation I have seen proof that community and connection helps.

Tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms

Clearly tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms about sharing personal information. Which makes me wonder, when and what would I fell comfortable sharing? Have you thought about what you would be willing to share?

Kerry Sparling wrote in Diatribe this week about her experience sharing her blood glucose readings in an article called “Can I Follow Your CGM? Having a Conversation About Sharing Your Data.

In the article she shares her experience, as a tech savvy and public person, being asked to allow someone access to her streaming BG readings from her continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

Clearly tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms about sharing personal information. Which makes me wonder, when and what would I fell comfortable sharing? Have you thought about what you would be willing to share?

#diabetes #quanitifiedself

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Reversing Type 2 diabetes

While some people with Type 2 have been able to delay adding medication through lifestyle change, to tell the story in a way that says that will work for everyone is dangerous.

Recently, a journalist contacted me looking for a person who had “reversed their diabetes” through diet and lifestyle changes. The journalist was writing a story for a national magazine.

While I think I understand the premise of this story…

It’s a story of hope…

I find it to be a false hope and a dangerous narrative.

Diabetes is a complex, chronic, degenerative disease.

While some people with Type 2 have been able to delay adding medication through lifestyle change, to tell the story in a way that says that will work for everyone is dangerous.

It leaves people living with Type 2 vulnerable to the blame & shame culture that says “if only you would exercise, stop eating sugar, and/or loose weight your disease will go away.” This is simply not true.

This also leads people living with Type 2 to feel like a failure when they get to the point that they do need to take medication. The idea that you should be able to “reverse” diabetes leads people to delay starting medication when they need it. Ultimately, this can lead to the complications (caused by poorly controlled diabetes) that people hope to avoid by making lifestyle choices.

My own story is that my A1C was over 13 when I was diagnosed. Today it’s substantially lower than that. I’ve made lifestyle changes and I take medication. I use all the tools available to me to manage my blood glucose.

Anything less would be foolhardy.

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It’s taken me a very long time to come back here…

It’s taken me a very long time to come back here…

The last time I posted the whole Type 1 vs. Type 2 thing had blown up in the diabetes online community.

The last time I posted the whole Type 1 vs. Type 2 thing had blown up in the diabetes online community.

At first I was like…

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Sadness as she appears in Pixar’s Inside Out

Then I was like…

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Disgust as she appears in Pixar’s Inside Out

Finally, I was like…

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Anger as he appears in Pixar’s Inside Out

And I went away in a huff.
But now I am back.

The diabetes rumble in the parking lot

Why does this keep happening? People with a type of diabetes calling out people with another type of diabetes for a proverbial rumble in the parking lot.

It happened again. And on World Diabetes Day too.

…sigh…

That whole Type vs. Type argument raised its ugly head. Makes me sad. It doesn’t matter who started it. It matters that it keeps happening. This divisive argument usually goes like this: somehow this Type is diabetes and doesn’t want to be associated with that Type. People should know the difference! People should stop saying stupid stuff about diabetes. Names should be changed! Then people can say that stupid stuff about the Type they are referring to (and not my Type of diabetes). If that Type gets attention/research/treatments then my Type won’t. Mom always liked you better!

Jeezus…

Somehow I can’t imagine people with rheumatoid arthritis people calling out people with osteoarthritis for a proverbial rumble in the parking lot. Different things cause each of them. Each has its own pathology and treatments. And still it’s all arthritis.

Every time the Type vs. Type argument starts again I have only one thought: It needs to stop…NOW.