Know the Difference #Type1 or #Type2 #Diabetes

T1DvsT2dMake no mistake about it – diabetes is an imbalance of blood sugar. As times have changed, the age at which you’re diagnosed has little to do with the type of diabetes. Back in the day, Type 1 diabetes was referred to as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. It’s caused by an autoimmune attack when the body mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells. To me, this is like a house on fire. The autoimmune attack is the first and your insulin-producing cells are the house. Insulin is what carries glucose out of the blood and into cells for energy. When it can’t get there, the sugar in the blood gets higher and higher. Bad news. That’s where JDRF first got its name – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Now it’s just JDRF because people of all ages can be diagnosed with Type 1 but the only medication that must be included in the protocol is insulin.    Type 2 was called adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). It’s caused by the body becoming insulin resistant. This is like glucose trying to get into a locked door. Insulin resistance makes it difficult to get glucose out of the blood and into the cells. The insulin that’s available isn’t able to support the amount of glucose in the body. This causes glucose to rise in the blood causing high blood sugar. Since the dawn of time, diet and exercise has been the first line of defense in controlling glucose levels. My YouTube last week was essentially a public service announcement to help people easily understand the difference between the two. If all else fails, just ask. If they’re anything like me, they’ll welcome the opportunity to talk about their diabetes.

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#Healthy But #Overweight Myth Busted

FItorFatThis article hits home the point that there’s no such a thing as being a healthy person who’s overweight. Added weight increases the factors for heart disease like elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. So where does the body mass index  stand in all this? The BMI is still questionable in some scientific circles. The new term that applies to most Americans being unhealthy even if their BMI is good is ‘overfat‘.  Excess weight puts people at an increased risk for heart disease, especially when they carry the weight around vital organs. This is why the new term overfat goes above and beyond the BMI to explain risk. Being metabolically healthy but overweight isn’t a silver bullet to heart disease. The study  collected data over 12-years. The bottom line of this study implores that people take caution to not levy the undue burden of weight on the heart. Don’t make it work harder to support the freeloading cells in the body. White adipose cells, the storage vessels for fat, don’t give back like muscle and brown fat. Increase the good stuff and improve the quality of your life!

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#EnergyDrinks the Gateway to #Cocaine Use?

EnergyDrinkIf you use energy drinks as a young person, a study has found that you’re more likely to abuse alcohol and cocaine later in life. Pretty heavy allegations, right? People are calling energy drinks the “gateway” to cocaine use. How’s that for lifting the burden of proof off marijuana? But seriously, just because a person likes their energy drink or caffeine fix doesn’t ensure that they’ll someday be dabbling in the circles of white lines. Then again, what do I know? When I’m needing something to get me “right”, I peruse my choices for delicious coffee drinks: cafe latte, iced coffee, macchiatos, frappes…from my lay opinion all this means is that I love the aftermath of a caffeine rush laced with some good old sweetness. Here’s where my situation differs from the fledgling subjects in this study – a Red Bull  didn’t pass my lips till my late 20s. The study found that people between the ages of 21-24 who consumed an energy drink yearly were the at risk demographic. Hold the phone. So if a 20-year old had 3 energy drinks anytime during his or her college years, they’re more likely to try their hand at cocaine? Please. Now I’m skeptical of the data all together. Sorry for the raised eyebrow but these criteria make it sound like too much caffeine at an impressionable age increases the likelihood for cocaine use. Does caffeine really alter the brain that way? Perhaps it does weigh heavy in the brain. The recommendation to allay this looming propensity, researchers suggest, is regulating the amount of caffeine a young adult consumes. Good luck with that endeavor. There’s a breath test to measure blood-alcohol level. Do they have one for caffeine? By the way, there really is an energy drink called Cocaine.

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#AirDrop #Contacts Only Or Else

AirDropIf you find yourself in a public place and receive an anonymous message on your iPhone indicating another iPhone wants to send you a picture – don’t succumb to the invite! It turns-out some people in New York City have been receiving anonymous messages via AirDrop and the files have been visually graphic. Random dick pic, anybody? It’s been deemed “Cyber Flashing”. Yeah. It appears that the perversion people encounter on the subway has taken on a new form. This antic popped-up in the UK a little while ago. I’m going with that pun because it’s completely fitting here, Now your devices are the target of “junk”. Literally, pictures of a man’s junk anonymously are sent to your iPhone. What can you do about it? If you have downloaded the AirDrop app, be very selective in who you permit to send you airdrop files. If you select everyone – be prepared for whatever drops into your data hemisphere. If you err with caution but still live with the open-door policy-  if you receive a message from an unidentified iPhone, you can always choose to ignore it. Life is filled with options and creepers. Trust but verify.

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Super #Pigs to the Rescure for #OrganTransplants

SuperPigWhen the other-shoe drops and it’s time for me to get a new kidney- I’m hopeful that this little genetically-modified piggy will be tweaked enough to give me the gift that keeps giving. The number of people needing transplants greatly outweighs the number of organ donors. Super pigs to the rescue! Researchers may be well on their way to ridding these pigs of any hidden viruses that could evoke rejection in a transplant recipient, which would make this the unquestionable answer to the unsolved problem of organ donor shortage. To make it even better, pigs and humans are more similar in structure than we’re willing to believe. However this is fact, not opinion. Heck, our insulin only differs in 1-polypeptide on the amino acid chain. How you like them apples? Put me on the waiting list today, por favor. The name of the company is eGenssis and if you’re an investor – get on it, ASAP. This is a future only imagined in sci-fi until a few months ago.

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Low #Bloodsugar Bad #Behavior Explained!

MoodsThank  the sweet heavens for PubMed taking the initiative to further delve into a clinical explanation as to why people who have Type 1 diabetes get moody when their blood sugar drops. I tried my best to explain  in a YouTube video why I turn into a demonic force when my blood sugar gets low but PubMed does  a better job. As science explains it, it’s called FOH or fear of hypoglycemia. Many of us know the physical effects of low blood sugar as clamminess, shaking, and disorientation but the emotional, social, and behavioral implications of insulin-induced hypoglycemia are just as important, if not more. This blog is also for you, people who love people with diabetes. Insulin is a hormone and it’s an immense factor in our behavior. This video explains in-depth how blood sugar is the kingpin of how we act emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. I enjoy making videos again helping to enrich others on the lessons in life with diabetes. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy making them. Please subscribe to join me. Also, share this story with someone who needs to understand why when you’re under the influence of too much insulin, you can be short-tempered. You’re welcome.

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How To Tell If a #Puppy Will Be a Good #GuideDog

GuideDogPuppyA little bit of stress goes a long way especially if you’re a breeder who wants your dog to become a guide dog. Historically the dog breeds favored to become guide dogs are along the Retriever lines, golden or Labrador. Also the German Shepard’s are a breed that excel in the art. But did you know that certain characteristics fresh out of the litter may indicate if a puppy will outshine in the task? Puppies shown to have equal intelligence but have been exposed to a little bit of stress and a lot of mom’s attention fare better add becoming guide dogs. A lot can be said for mom’s paying attention to their young. In this case, it means her baby is going to be a helpful and productive member of society regardless of how many legs they use to walk. A little bit of stress, average intelligence, and just enough love is the winning combination for guide dogs but I’m fairly certain child studies will not support that finding for humans.

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#Porn Linked to #Misogyny

HateOf the population, imagine if you had prejudice and contempt for half of it? If you’re a misogynist – that’d be you. You poor thing. A study shows that your deep-seeded hatred for the other half was borne in the first experience you had to pornography. In no way is this a side-dig at that Google employee who wrote the memorandum that lit the misogynistic flares but one has to wonder if he can recall his first porn experience. Researchers wonder if the nature of porn exposure being intentional or accidental precludes the feelings a guy will have toward women. His so-called “manifesto” was more like a CraigList ad begging for a woman to pay him attention, literally. He declared, anonymously, that men and women have biological differences. True. But then his note takes a turn of incredibility where he embellished by stating that women are neurotic and incapable of leadership. Some psychologists believe that hatred is a byproduct of fear. We all can agree hate is a strong word. Somebody give that fired Google employee a hug.

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Adios #MommyPooch Exercise

mommytummyStudies say that nearly 40% of new mom’s experience the ‘mommy pooch‘. In addition to the frustrating soft bulge, new mom’s can also drag with back pain resulting from the aftermath of pregnancy. Doctors like Geeta Sharma and physical trainers call this phenomenon abdominal separation. The good news is that the fix for this common effect is as as simple as a 10-minute exercise. It sounds too good to be true but the resounding praise for this technique was well received for nearly all the mom’s who took the class. You can track down the New York City personal trainer Leah Keller or take a simple class to pull the muscle back together or check–out the book “Lose Your Mummy Tummy“.

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Does Your #Doctor #FatShame You?

DrFatShamingNobody can argue that being overweight adds avoidable health risks to your body. But if you’ve experienced the practice of ‘fat shaming’ at your doctors office, it may add insult to injury. A study has found that experiencing fat shaming from your doctor may add mental health problems in addition to the physical health ones. If you’ve ever been in an argument with someone, the use of discouraging words may make it harder for you to come-to-terms and seek a resolution with that person. A doctor ‘fat shaming’ a patient is found to have the same effect. The patient may delay seeking assistance in weight-loss because of the undue stress imposed on their mental health. Weight is a slippery slope. Whether it’s a parent to a child or a doctor to a patient, the figure of authority disparaging the vulnerable person in the situation is harmful. Period. Work through the emotions behind the words. If you speak out of frustration, you may not only choose the unhelpful words, you might even make the situation worse. Think before you speak. Use the guidelines of “Verbal Judo“. If police forces around the country lean on it for the tenets of effective problem-solving, why can’t you?

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