Sunday, September 21, 2014

Managing your blood sugar when you're sick

I was really sick this past week, so sick that I feel like I lost several days, if not the entire week.  It was a really bad cold, but it felt much worse than most colds I've ever had.  I suspect I had this enterovirus that has been going around lately, because of the impact it had on my breathing.

I don't know about other diabetics, but my blood sugars run crazy high when I'm sick.  Of course this is probably dependent on your type of insulin regimen.  I'm on Lantus, a fairly stable 24-hour insulin, and only take short-acting insulin when I eat, so if I skip meals it's no big deal.  Someone who takes a long-acting insulin with peaks and valleys will probably crash if they don't eat when they are supposed to.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"New" news on diet and losing weight

It's not actually a new idea that fat in foods isn't what makes people gain weight, but today NPR ran an article about the newest study to find this out.  The study compared dieters who cut fat versus dieters who cut carbs, and found those with the higher-fat, lower-carb diets actually lost more weight -- 12 pounds versus 4 pounds -- than those who ate higher-carb, lower-fat diets.

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss