You’ll never guess what has been found to increase happiness, and we already know it’s not money…sleep!
I’m a huge fan of sleep – good quantity and quality sleep. I’ve written about the benefits of sleep in the past. Now there’s a study out that showed regular sleep leads to happiness. This study looked at college students, and I’m guessing the results will cross over to those who aren’t in school as well.
So in addition to improved blood glucose levels, higher energy, less weight gain, banishing under-eye circles, improving mood, and lowering risk for illnesses like the common cold, getting good and regular sleep can make us happier.
Does anyone else out there cringe every time they see a Facebook post with type yes if you agree at the bottom? (I’m not on Instagram, so I don’t know if it happens there as well.) I have been experiencing this phenomenon for weeks – maybe even months – now, and today I think I figured out why.
Type yes if you agree – to me – is like asking someone to be “compliant.” Rather than presenting some cute quote or phrase or inspirational message and letting people get what they will out of it, type yes if you agree is like saying, “you do agree with me, right”?
It’s like the whole compliant/non-compliant message people with diabetes get all the time. The health care professional delivers some nugget of wisdom and then expects you to follow it. If you do, you’re compliant (good, etc.); if you don’t you’re non-compliant (bad, etc.).
What if you simply don’t agree? What if you have a different or better idea? Couldn’t those posts say let’s discuss or enjoy your day or nothing at all below the cute saying?
Maybe the whole type yes if you agree thing really just reminds me of a chain letter. Remember those? Ugh. I’ve even found myself looking for those annoying words on every post.
It’s making me a little crazy. Type yes if you agree.
Today is Diabetes Alert Day, your opportunity to check your own risks for diabetes and alert others as well. Diabetes affects millions and millions (and millions) of people in the U.S. and in the world. Knowing the signs, reducing the risks, and being aware can help everyone.
Type 1 diabetes: an autoimmune disease where the immune system mounts an attack on the pancreas cells that produce insulin. Signs/symptoms include fatigue, extreme thirst, losing weight without trying, frequent urination (peeing), hunger, moodiness, dry mouth, vomiting, labored breathing, or even loss of consciousness. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. While there’s no way to lower one’s risk for type 1 diabetes, it is important to know what to look for. Catching it early could help someone get care sooner and may even allow someone to take part in research studies.
Type 2 diabetes: at least eight factors contribute to one’s risk for type 2 diabetes. Genetics plays a huge role in type 2 diabetes. If any of your family members have type 2 diabetes, get checked! If you gave birth to a large baby (more than 9 pounds), get checked! If you have slow-healing wounds or tend to get infections easily, get checked! The American Diabetes Association has a type 2 diabetes risk test you can take. While there is no guarantee that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, it is possible to lower your risk and possibly even delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Being informed and aware is the first step.
Diabetes alert day – take it seriously!
Facebook claims today is International Women’s Day. I don’t know if that’s a thing or not. I read the line under that announcement quickly and thought it said “Celebrate by creating a non-profit.” What? (It actually said “…by creating a fundraiser for a non-profit.”)
This reminds me of all the non-profits out there for diabetes and other (important) causes. Sometimes I wish we could all simply work together. It starts to feel like too many spokes on a wheel. But then again, can there be too many spokes on a wheel? Does it cause wind resistance and slow us down, or does it actually give us more stability?
At any rate, women’s day, men’s day, diabetes day, or otherwise, I truly believe we’re all in this together. Let’s get to work, keep working – and do our part to make the world a better place for everyone.
Have a great day, whoever you are!
Today is just another day with diabetes for those of us living with it. It happens to also be World Diabetes Day, so many are making a big deal today.
Not just today, but every day we show up, wake up, keep breathing, keep thinking about every little that affects diabetes and every little thing that is affected by diabetes.
Every day we poke fingers, take medications/injections, count carbs, exercise, treat lows, treat highs, think, think, think.
Today I’m thinking about those who don’t have access to insulin and how we can help them. Today I’m thinking about the people who don’t even know they have diabetes yet (and they’ve already had it for years). Today I’m thinking about the people who feel the stigma of diabetes, or are hiding their diabetes, or are ashamed of their diabetes.
Today I’m hoping we can move past all of this. Today I’m looking forward to the time when there’s no longer a World Diabetes Day.
My dad recently asked me about the price of insulin. He said he had read something about how expensive insulin is and was concerned about it. I don’t talk about diabetes with my family very often. They ask an occasional question, I answer, and we move on. Diabetes is never our focus.
But dad’s question got me thinking. I’m incredibly fortunate to have good insurance coverage, while many others do not. Today I was reading an article about the price of insulin and how it has gone up hundreds of percent over the last several years.
How is this possibly ok? Another example of lack of cohesion in health care. My proposed solution: get key players from health insurance, pharma, healthcare, consumers/patients, and government together at one table. Let them talk it out until they figure out the best way to manage costs in health care. They can use lifelines – call or video conference someone into the room who may know more or have a better perspective.
I picture it kind of like choosing the next pope. Maybe smoke is coming out of the chimney. Maybe these people don’t emerge for weeks (food can be delivered…), but they get it done. They consider the best interest of everyone involved, act with transparency, cooperation and good faith, and figure it out.
I believe it could happen.
Today is as good a day as any to take action for diabetes. It also happens to be the inaugural National Day of Action for diabetes, and there are so many things you can do!
- check your BG before and after exercising and participate in the “big blue test”
- visit the ADA’s website and click on “take action”
- make an appointment to see a diabetes educator and learn some tools for managing effectively
- talk to a loved one who is at risk for diabetes about getting checked
- sign up for an exercise program…with a friend!
- try a new, healthy recipe
- join an advocacy group or effort
- volunteer to participate in diabetes research
- give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy some downtime
Take action in whatever way works best for you. Enjoy!