The Skinny on Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body’s immune system attacks its own pancreas affecting its ability to produce insulin; this usually happens at a young age.  In this case scenario, insulin has to come into your body from outside a good example of which is an insulin pump.  FYI not all autoimmune disorders happen at a young age.

Type 2 diabetes is a different ball game.  Contrary to the popular belief, increased sugar consumption doesn’t cause type 2 diabetes.

Just because type 2 diabetes is linked to high levels of blood sugar, it may seem logical to assume that eating too much sugar is the cause of diabetes.  However, it’s not that simple.  High-sugar diet can increase the risk of developing diabetes but doesn’t directly cause it.  There is no proven link between the two.   By analogy, driving on the road can increase your risk for an accident but a mere fact of driving doesn’t cause it.

What happens with type 2 is that people develop insulin resistance.  Here’s how it works.  When you consume sugar, it attaches to hemoglobin that delivers it to your body cells to be used for energy.  Think about insulin as a key to open the door (of a cell) to let glucose in.  In case of insulin resistance the door won’t open and glucose can’t get in.  As a result, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of being absorbed by the cells.

It is believed that excess weight and physical inactivity largely contribute to the insulin resistance.  Genetics play a role, as well.

How type 2 diabetes is diagnosed:  A1C test   A1C test kit

A1C is a widely used test to diagnose type 2 diabetes. It is also called HbA1C or glycated hemoglobin test.  Hemoglobin is a substance found in the red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout your body.  When blood sugar level is elevated, sugar combines with hemoglobin making it “glycated” in which case scenario A1C test shows an elevated number.  This test is being used to show how well your diabetes is being controlled.  Since red blood cells live up to 3 months, this test should be at this interval.   This very test was used to diagnose my type 2 diabetes.

For people without diabetes, the normal range for the A1C test is between 4% and 5.6%.  A1C levels between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate increased risk of diabetes and levels of 6.5% or higher indicate diabetes.  The goal for people with diabetes is a A1C level less than 7%.  The higher the A1C number is, the higher the risks of developing diabetes-related complications.


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Waiting awaits you

1

Waiting at the red light

2

The waiting is over, at least for a moment

3

Waiting again…

Waiting

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Let’s talk bananas

Do you think bananas grow on the trees? You’re not alone. Most folks think so and even sing songs about it. But the fact remains, banana plants are technically herbs since they contain no woody tissue. These plants are made of densely packed leaves which makes them perennial herbs like a lily or an orchid. In fact, they are the world’s largest herbs, capable of growing as high as 30 feet. Therefore bananas are either fruits or berries of said plants.

9.1 Banana tree Pinterest

You can’t mistake a banana tree… oops, a plant, for anything else. Its enormous leaves are over 6 feet long.

9.2 Banana leaf Pinterest

Once a banana plant is fully grown, it blooms. Its flowers are on the top of the plant, and they are edible, too.  Aren’t they beautiful?

9.3 Banana flowers PIXABAY

Did you know? Bananas can make a houseplant, especially a dwarf variety. They need lots of sunlight and a large enough pot to accommodate their roots. The indoor banana plants like hot and humid conditions and require frequent feeding. But don’t expect to harvest any bananas at home.

9.4 Banana houseplant from thespruce

Nutritionally speaking, bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and various antioxidants. Their Glycemic Index or GI for short, ranges from 40s to 50s, depending on their ripeness. This shows how quickly the carbs from a banana enter the bloodstream. Relatively low GI of bananas is due to the high content of fiber which in turn mitigates the blood sugar rise after a meal (postprandial). Fiber also keeps you full which is an added benefit.

Overall, bananas can help keeping your blood sugar levels stable. From the morning oatmeal or any other hot or cold cereal to mashed banana toast topping to smoothies, bananas are easy to include in one’s diet. When eaten with a toast, the low GI of a banana counteracts the high GI of the bread, hence a more balanced result. Freezing bananas is my next project. I freeze most everything which makes lots of sense when living in a studio. This way the frozen fruits last much longer than in a fresh form. Off to the freezer they go in their little containers. Then out one at a time which is perfect for my compact studio refrigerator, as well as for not indulging. These bananas in a basket are ready just for that.

9.5.1 - My bananas

Banana peels are edible, too. I did try blending them and mixing with everything else. The peels added on some woody taste that I didn’t really enjoy. However, I am thinking, it might go away if I cook banana peels. This remains on my list of the next projects.

Some sites quote a bunch of so-called side effects of eating bananas. Gee, and I thought that side effects only happen with the meds. Side effects of bananas reportedly include weight gain, migraine, drowsiness, constipation, and even nerve damage, to name a few. This however happens if you eat lots and lots of bananas. Like participating in a bananas eating competition. I don’t know about you, but I am not thriving on bananas alone. I am usually trying to eat a variety of fruits, a little of everything, in moderation for most of the time.

Go bananas!  Pun intended.

 

 

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Structures of my neighborhood

In response to this Weekly Photo Challenge, I will present a few structures of my neighborhood.  To begin with, here comes a bench right in front of the entry door to my building.  Most of the time it’s empty yet it still stands tall.
bench

The structure below is temporarily out of business.
Elevator

This picture was taken on a whim sometimes this past summer. I thought that I might just use it in one of the Photo Challenges.
Stop 1

An empty park. There’s something eerie and intriguing about it.  While driving past it in the last winter, I just couldn’t help myself but to capture the scene.  Here goes:
Road 1

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Life Lessons

Very true yet so simply put

Through Lola's Prism

forget me nots

NEVER BE

DEFINED BY YOUR PAST.

IT WAS JUST A LESSON,

NOT A LIFE

  SENTENCE.

Quote Credit:  Instagram – @thegoodquote


 

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Foggy

Aug 2. TDP Prompt FOG
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as
your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
~ E. L. Doctorow

So true. At least writing has been this way for me lately.

But my fasting BG was 102 this morning
Aug 2 - 102

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How to sail my ship

ADRIFT quote

I’m not afraid of storms, for
I’m learning how to sail my
ship.
~ Louisa May Alcott ~

The Daily Prompt: ADRIFT

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Feeling tired? Check your blood sugar

First off, a bit of introduction. Admittedly, I have taken a break from the blogging, mostly for the reason that I didn’t know what to blog about. But decided to come back, and here goes.

Feel tired? I can relate. I have been feeling this way lately and for no apparent reason. One day I felt absolutely wiped out. I didn’t do anything special, only picked up my car from the repairs, then did some grocery shopping followed by stopping by at the Big Lots next door, and then went home.

Came home, I am super tired. Exhausted. No energy left except to crash down and sleep. And the good thing is, I slept through the entire night that is very unusual for me. Have been doing so ever since.

In the morning I went on analyzing the events that led to this and came to the conclusion that the carbs were the culprit. Granted, I overdid in that department a bit, and now the time has come to pay for having fun. Yeah what else is new; there’s always a price to pay for having fun but that is another story altogether. It’s like an instant gratification upside down.

Actually, I was the culprit. Went a bit adrift in the land of carbs.

So I decided to be proactive and for the next a few days, I watched the carbs intake like a hawk and was mostly sipping my home brewed tea with no sugar added.  Following that, I felt much better. And still do.

My morning fasting number was 101.

5. May 22. METER

And the Daily Prompt, as always, hit the nail right on the head. ADRIFT

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