Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Favorite Diabetes Books

I am listing my favorite diabetes books, and others that are very popular among diabetics. If you click on these links, and then click on the books, you can read portions of each book. 

(1.) Riva Greenburg is a wonderful author of diabetes books. Here are her two most recent masterpieces. Note the dates. Riva and I have communicated in emails and on the phone. She is a wonderful person. There is a link on the book page that tells you some impressive information about Riva. Her most recent book, "Diabetes Dos and How Tos", was published in January, 2013.

http://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Dos-How-Tos-powerful-positive/dp/0982290616/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361229276&sr=1-1&keywords=riva+greenberg

Riva's previous book is called "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It". This book dispells the 50 most common myths that tend to rule the lives of diabetics, "....such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes...."

http://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Myths-That-Ruin-Your/dp/0738213209/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361229796&sr=1-3&keywords=riva+greenberg

(2.) Gary Scheiner has written a very popular book called "Think Like A Pancreas". The book gives a practical guide to managing diabetes with insulin. It is completely revised and updated. (Jan 24, 2012)

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Like-Pancreas-Practical-Insulin--Completely/dp/0738215147/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361230457&sr=1-1&keywords=gary+scheiner

(3.) Ginger Vieira, has contributed so much to the diabetes world. A former record breaking powerlifter, and a very wonderful author of two books. Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999. Today, she is a freelance writer, and Wellness & Diabetes Coach in her own business at http://www.Living-in-Progress.com/

Ginger's most recent book, "Emotional Eating With Diabetes", is a guide to overcoming the many challenges around food that can develop in a life with a disease that revolves around what we eat.

http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Eating-Diabetes-Creating-Relationship/dp/0988452308/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361222529&sr=1-1&keywords=ginger+vieira

Ginger's previous book is called "Your Diabetes Science Experiment". It is written for people "....who want to gain a deeper understanding of how the basic science of the human body impacts your blood sugar levels and your insulin needs."

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Diabetes-Science-Experiment-diabetes/dp/148106200X/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_1_R938

(4.) John Walsh and Ruth Roberts have written books that are widely used by insulin dependent diabetics. Using Insulin gives you "everything you need for success with insulin".

http://www.amazon.com/Using-Insulin-Everything-Need-Success/dp/1884804853/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361223288&sr=1-4&keywords=John+Walsh

Their book "Pumping Insulin" is for people who are using an insulin pump. This book helped me very much to learn the finer points of pumping. It is very widely used by many diabetics.

http://www.amazon.com/Pumping-Insulin-Everything-Need-Succeed/dp/1884804128/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361223455&sr=1-2&keywords=john+walsh+insulin

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Awakening from Keto-acidosis


HISTORY OF DIABETES : Awakening from Keto-acidosis

After developing a refined insulin scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, most of them comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine's most incredible moments. Imagine a room full of parents sitting at the bedside waiting for the inevitable death of their child. The scientists went from bed-to-bed and injected the children with the new purified extract - insulin. As they began to inject the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. Then one by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death and gloom, became a place of joy and hope. Photo Credits- Library and Archives Canada
Read More---> http://tinyurl.com/awxeevm
HISTORY OF DIABETES : Awakening from Keto-acidosis

After developing a refined insulin scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, most of them comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine's most incredible moments. Imagine a room full of parents sitting at the bedside waiting for the inevitable death of their child. The scientists went from bed-to-bed and injected the children with the new purified extract - insulin. As they began to inject the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. Then one by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death and gloom, became a place of joy and hope. Photo Credits- Library and Archives Canada 
Read More---> http://tinyurl.com/awxeevm
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Urine Testing 1940's and Beyond


I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. There was no blood testing device for home use at that time, so my father tested my urine every morning. That was the only test done each day. Benedict's solution was placed in a test tube and 8 drops of urine were added. The tube was placed into a tin can containing about two inches of water. The can was placed on a burner on the stove, and the water was boiled. The tube was then removed from the can, and the color was observed. The picture below shows the possible colors that might have been seen. The original color of the Benedict's solution was blue. If the color was still blue after the boiling, then there was 0% sugar in the urine. If the urine contained sugar then there was a progression of colors that could appear. Blue-green showed a trace of sugar. The higher sugar levels showed green, yellow, orange, and red. Red was the color I always hated to see because it represented very high blood sugar. 

Urine testing was a very poor indication of the amount of sugar in the blood. I usually had a lot of urine sugar before breakfast. My doctor did not suggest testing urine sugar at any other time of day. We should have been given instructions to test my urine before each meal, but more frequent testing could have been misleading. If I did not pass any urine between breakfast and lunch,   there would still be sugar in my urine if the morning test showed a significant amount of sugar. The urine test would have shown high sugar, but the blood sugar might have been low due to the effect of the insulin taken that morning. There was usually very poor correlation between the amounts of sugar in the urine and the blood at any time of day. 
Later on there was a better way of testing urine, called CliniTest. It involved placing a tablet in a test tube containing water and urine. The mixture would fizzle and become very hot. Then the mixture would show some color. Comparison of the color with a chart provided the estimated amount of sugar in the urine. The picture below shows the apparatus used in performing the CliniTest procedure.
No doctor ever told me about CliniTest, so I continued using the Benedicts solution and boiling the mixture on a stove. It was not until the mid 1980s that I bought my first glucose meter to test my blood. My diabetes management became so much easier, and more accurate, with the actual blood sugar levels being revealed several times each day.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

First Known Description Of Diabetes


In 1552 BC Hesy-ra, an Egyptian physician, was one of the earliest to hint at some form of diabetes. "A papyrus record mentions Hesy-ra’s recognition of a symptom of diabetes, polyuria, or frequent urination." I find it amazing that this occurred 3565 years ago. Here is a link giving more information on the time in which Hesy-ra lived.

http://timelines.com/1552BC/first-known-description-of-diabetes-symptoms-found-on-egyptian-papyrus-by-physician-hesy-ra

Famous People With Diabetes

Here is a long list of famous diabetics:

http://www.ami-diabetic.com/famousdiabetics.htm

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bad Injuries, Much Stress, But My Diabetes Is Good

Badly Injured, Much Stress, But Diabetes Is Still Good

In Oct, 2012 I had a bad fall, and hurt my head. On Nov 1, I was hospitalized with subdural hematoma (bleeding on the surface of the brain). Surgery removed the old blood and I recovered fast, but that was potentially a dangerous surgery with holes being drilled into my skull. A local anesthetic was used, but I was awake during the procedure. I thought everything was going to be ok, then in early Dec my knees were hurting so much. X-rays showed my knees were in awful shape, and both of them needed to be replaced. The meniscus tissue is gone, and both knees are badly calcified. The pain has bothered me for 7 weeks now. They will not do a knee replacement until the head wound is 100% healed. The knee surgery can interfere with the head wound because a blood thinner is used and that could cause the head wound to bleed again.The last cat scan showed the head wound is 90% healed. The next scan will be in April. Maybe one knee will be done in May? I take pain meds, and I can walk due to a lubricating fluid being injected into my knees. I am getting physical therapy. My knees need to be stronger before the replacements are done.

All of these things have happened since mid Oct, but my diabetes remains under good control. I see so many people post that this kind of thing causes them to be stressed, and then their blood sugar is all over the place, with many highs. That does not happen to me. I have had much stress for about 10 weeks, but my blood sugar has been as stable as it was months ago. My A1c is 6.0.

Why am I able to have good diabetes control despite all that has happened, and all the stress? Is this unusual, do any of you who read this maintain good control under stressful conditions?