Vacations are awesome. Since I was young, I’ve loved visiting new places and spending time with family. My favorite type of vacation, however, wasn’t one where we traveled, but one where I was transported into a fantasy world where I could be a regular kid.
My first trip to fantasy land happened just after I was diagnosed (8 y/o). I just couldn’t take the burden anymore and my dad came up with the brilliant concept of “diabetes vacation”.’
Yup...that’s right. It was just wh
How are they related? Celiac Disease is defined as inflammation, atrophy, and hyperplasia of the small bowel in response to gluten. Luckily, this can be improved with a strict gluten free diet. This is not so easy, however. Many foods can be contaminated with gluten if they are processed with the same equipment or exposed to the same surfaces or utensils. Symptoms vary from silent to life threatening. “Classic” signs include diarrhea, foul-smelling stools, steatorrhea (fatty
We all have heard of diabetes leading to neuropathy. Unfortunately, neuropathy is not only limited to our feet (although that is the most common). Neuropathy can occur in all nerves, including those in our intestines. Gastroparesis is a common, but less talked about form of neuropathy called autonomic neuropathy. Motor function of the gut is dependent on the firing of neurons and pacemaker cells in the stomach and intestines. Our gut only works properly if our nervous system
I’ve had a lot of T1D soon to be mamas lately so let’s talk a little bit about planning for pregnancy with type 1… It is important for women with type 1 to plan for pregnancy to ensure that baby is healthy! I encourage my type 1’s who are sexually active to take steps to prevent unwanted pregnancy, especially if current BGs are not at goal. Don’t be afraid to bring up this topic with your clinician. Many women with diabetes are scared to bring up pregnancy with their clinicia
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). What is it and why is it so scary? DKA is a very serious complication of diabetes that occurs when there is a partial or complete lack of insulin in the body. Although it more commonly occurs in people with type 1 diabetes, it can happen to type 2 diabetics as well! How? Insulin is essential to carry glucose from the bloodstream into the cells to be used for energy. When insulin is unavailable, these tissue and muscle cells starve. Out of necessit
GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) receptor agonists DM is a progressive disease caused by insulin resistance and a partial or complete lack of insulin produced by the pancreas’ beta cells. Frequently, T2DM is not diagnosed until the beta cell have been damaged enough to impair their function (decreased insulin secretion). This is made worse by insulin resistance. The harder the beta cells work to compensate for insulin resistance and hyperglycemia, the quicker the disease progr