Looking on the Bright Side Tips and Tricks

So before I really get into this, let me tell you that I understand how difficult looking on the bright side can be. I was the girl a few years ago that complained that the silver lining can’t be all that great if a dark cloud is in the middle. When something good was happening, I was the first to point out that we really shouldn’t get all that excited about it, because all good things come to an end. Yep, a real cheery person. When my friends called me on it, I called myself a “realist,” because it made me feel practical and justified. But in reality I was more of a “pessimist.”

The kind of attitude I had wasn’t healthy. I expected the worst of people and didn’t trust anyone. I stayed in often because I assumed every situation and social event was going to go badly or I was going to mess up somehow. In some ways I thought it was a smart attitude, because expecting the worst made all the good that happened a pleasant surprise, and when something bad happened I could say “I told you so.” However, the pessimism caused me an unhealthy amount of stress and I soon realized it was alienating to the people around me. I vowed to cut out the unhealthy variables in my life and be a more cheery person.

Here are some tips, with some help from http://www.operationbeautiful.com, that helped me change my outlook on life, and I hope you can take them to heart to

 

Gluten Free

I have never let diabetes run my life, but I have had a few bumps in the road during my 12 years of being diabetic. Diabetes can lead to many other complications due to lack of control of blood sugars but also just because of time. I have had to deal with a few different complications my more recent being diagnosed with food allergies to gluten, diary and eggs. Now, you might be asking yourself, ‘what’s left?’. Well, not much to be honest. Totally kidding! Many people do not really know what it means to be 100% gluten free. Well, I am here to tell you.

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Being allergic to gluten means that you cannot consume anything that contains the proteins that are found in wheat, barley, rye and other crossbreeds of these grains. And that can cause for some problems when it comes to finding options to eat, especially while I am away at school. Luckily, I love to cook and experiment with different types of foods and bake. I could bake all day long! So I have found some amazing recipes that provide me with ‘normal’ like food. Pinterest has become my best friend. (You can follow me to get some really great recipes!)

Difference Between Type One and Type Two

There are different kinds of diabetes; there is type one, type two, and gestational diabetes. In general, people with diabetes either have a total lack of imagesinsulin (type 1 diabetes) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes). Type 1 diabetes (formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes), accounts for 5 to 10 out of 100 people who have diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which they need to produce energy. In type 1 diabetes, Symptoms usually start in childhood or young adulthood. People often seek medical help, because they are seriously ill from sudden symptoms of high blood sugar. Episodes of low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) are common. It also cannot be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset or non–insulin-dependent diabetes) can develop at any age. It most commonly becomes apparent during adulthood. But type 2 diabetes in children is rising. Type 2 diabetes accounts for the vast majority of people who have diabetes—90 to 95 out of 100 people. In type 2 diabetes, the body isn't able to use insulin the right way. This is called insulin resistance. As type 2 diabetes gets worse, the pancreas may make less and less insulin. This is called insulin deficiency. The person may not have symptoms before diagnosis. Usually the disease is discovered in adulthood, but an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with the disease. There are no episodes of low blood sugar level, unless the person is taking insulin or certain diabetes medicines. It can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating sensibly, and exercising regularly.

My Diabetes

I have been type one diabetic (also known as juvenile diabetes) since the age of 8. Before my diagnosis, I was a healthy 8 year old girl just about to enter the 3rd grade. I played all sports known to man! You name it, and I wanted to play it. But on September 4th, 2002, my life was flipped turned upside down. It all happened, what seems like, overnight. I had all the tell tale signs of diabetes, massive weight loss, frequent urination and I was constantly thirsty. When I went into the doctor, I weighed 42 pounds (before this I weighed about 60lbs) and was using the bathroom 3 times every hour! When I arrived at the doctor the first thing that they did was check my blood sugar. The number? A whopping 513! This is 433 points over what the average blood sugar should be. I was immediately sent to the hospital where I was greeted by an endocrinologist and his entire team upon walking in the door.

Let’s jump to today; I have just celebrated my 12th “diaversary” (my diabetic anniversary), and my 11th pumpaversary (11 years being on an insulin pump). I am a very healthy and happy 20 year old college junior. I have not let diabetes slow me down in any way possible. I played 3 sports in high school (receiving high honors in all) and played volleyball my freshman and sophomore year of college, and now playing tennis at Olivet College (I play 2 singles and #1 Doubles with my sister as my partner). Many people let diabetes rule their lives and I vowed to myself, when I was first diagnosed, that I would not let that happen; I run my diabetes, it does NOT run me. Diabetes affects more than 8% of the U.S. population and that number is growing. It is also the seventh leading cause of death-but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. 

Next week I'll go over the difference between type one and type two diabetes.

Blood Pressure Information (2)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the artery walls as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the amount of blood pumped, the force at which it is pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries.

 

-The top number of a blood pressure reading is the systolic reading. It represents the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts. Anormal systolic reading is 120 or less.
-The bottom number of a blood pressure reading is called the diastolicreading. It represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at restin the contraction. A normal diastolic reading is 80 or less.


Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, stress, sickness, and what medications you might use.

 

There are several things you can do if you have high blood pressure. Although high blood pressure cannot be cured, it can be controlled. The following are ways to reduce your blood pressure:

-Reduce the fat in your diet andsodium in your diet.

-Get regular physical exercise and lose weight if needed.

-Reduce the amount of alcohol you might consume on a daily basis.

-If you are a smoker and have high blood pressure,

quitting smoking will notonly help lower blood pressure but will
help keep yourcardiovascular systemworking properly.

-If none of the above work for a certain individual, medications
can be used tomonitor high blood pressure

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