Thursday, 29 December 2011

Diabetes. What it is, what it does, what to do with it

Diabetes. At one time a diagnosis of diabetes was considered as either as death sentence or at the very least either a series of painful injections for the rest of your life, and/or a extremely limited diet, with bland, unappetising meals or special diabetic foods that often carried the message: "Warning. Overconsumption of this product may cause stomach upsets."They should also have carried a "wealth warning" as they often carried a shockingly high premium price.

Well, that was how it was, but that's not how it is today. Treatments are different, a lot of the old dietary advice has been superseded by new, more up-to-date knowledge, or discovered for what it was, arrogant guesswork.

The last few blood tests I have had have shown a raised fasting level of glucose, so they are monitoring it. It is probably either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Over the next weeks and months I will be writing a series of articles based on my understanding of diabetes and the monitoring equipment that is now available for home use, special foods and drinks for diabetics and also what the modern thinking is on what diabetics and pre-diabetics can and can't eat or drink, or what they need to express caution with.