For people to like to make fun of diabetes or make food jokes and relate it to diabetes ex: #foodporn #diabetes on a picture of cake

My infusion set was ripped out of my stomach earlier because I got close to a door knob (this happens often, trust me). And I was not in the mood to replace it. 

So here I am a few hours without insulin because I didn’t feel like sticking a needle in my stomach. 

I feel sick. I have a headache. I feel extremely dehydrated. I’m going to the bathroom every ten minutes. I’m really tired but I know I can’t go to sleep yet because I might end up in a coma if I do. This is just three hours without insulin. 

And yet people have the fucking audicity to continue posting pictures of food and tagging it #diabetes as if it’s a joke. 

I’m sorry if the chance of me being in a coma is appealing to you. Because that’s what diabetes is actually, not a piece of cake. Not that large pizza. Not that bowl of skittles. Okay? 

5 years of this shit and people still remain ignorant around me. 

This even comes w unlimited breadsticks. Can you even? I can’t. #olivegarden #diabesity #diabetes #teamtype2 #authenticitalian #junk #garbagemeal #scooterfat #tickettogastricbypass #horrible #america #fitfam #fitspo #justshovelitin #justeatrealfood #whole30 #paleo #gross #wouldnoteat #weightwatchers #slimmingworld #medifast #dieting

Diabetes is bruised arms, legs and stomachs. Diabetes is sore and bloodied finger tips. Diabetes is injections, pumps and tablets. Diabetes is Hypoglycemia and Highs. Diabetes is ketoacidosis. Diabetes is insulin and carb counting. Diabetes is a disease and a disability. 

Diabetes is many things but it sure as hell isn’t that piece of sugary food you just ate. 

Scientists find new link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s

Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

While many earlier studies have pointed to diabetes as a possible contributor to Alzheimer’s, the new study – in mice – shows that elevated glucose in the blood can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, a key component of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. The buildup of plaques is thought to be an early driver of the complex set of changes that Alzheimer’s causes in the brain.

The research is published May 4 in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

“Our results suggest that diabetes, or other conditions that make it hard to control blood sugar levels, can have harmful effects on brain function and exacerbate neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said lead author Shannon Macauley, PhD, a postdoctoral research scholar. “The link we’ve discovered could lead us to future treatment targets that reduce these effects.”

People with diabetes can’t control the levels of glucose in their blood, which can spike after meals. Instead, many patients rely on insulin or other medications to keep blood sugar levels in check.

To understand how elevated blood sugar might affect Alzheimer’s disease risk, the researchers infused glucose into the bloodstreams of mice bred to develop an Alzheimer’s-like condition.

In young mice without amyloid plaques in their brains, doubling glucose levels in the blood increased amyloid beta levels in the brain by 20 percent.

When the scientists repeated the experiment in older mice that already had developed brain plaques, amyloid beta levels rose by 40 percent.

Looking more closely, the researchers showed that spikes in blood glucose increased the activity of neurons in the brain, which promoted production of amyloid beta. One way the firing of such neurons is influenced is through openings called KATP channels on the surface of brain cells. In the brain, elevated glucose causes these channels to close, which excites the brain cells, making them more likely to fire.

Normal firing is how a brain cell encodes and transmits information. But excessive firing in particular parts of the brain can increase amyloid beta production, which ultimately can lead to more amyloid plaques and foster the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

To show that KATP channels are responsible for the changes in amyloid beta in the brain when blood sugar is elevated, the scientists gave the mice diazoxide, a glucose-elevating drug commonly used to treat low blood sugar. To bypass the blood-brain barrier, the drug was injected directly into the brain.

The drug forced the KATP channels to stay open even as glucose levels rose. Production of amyloid beta remained constant, contrary to what the researchers typically observed during a spike in blood sugar, providing evidence that the KATP channels directly link glucose, neuronal activity and amyloid beta levels.

Macauley and her colleagues in the laboratory of David M. Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurology, are using diabetes drugs in mice with conditions similar to Alzheimer’s to further explore this connection.

“Given that KATP channels are the way by which the pancreas secretes insulin in response to high blood sugar levels, it is interesting that we see a link between the activity of these channels in the brain and amyloid beta production,” Macauley said. “This observation opens up a new avenue of exploration for how Alzheimer’s disease develops in the brain as well as offers a new therapeutic target for the treatment of this devastating neurologic disorder.”

The researchers also are investigating how changes caused by increased glucose levels affect the ability of brain regions to network with each other and complete cognitive tasks.

what i do when i have a high blood sugar

- correct

- water

- check again

- more water

- check keytones, even if you don’t want to. call your doctor if they’re high

- if you’re not too exhausted, try jogging or going for a bike ride or even walking ( also just heard don’t excersize if u have keynote!!)

- take a looooooong shower. make yourself feel super clean and nice

- cry

- MORE WATER

- calming music

- if you’re on the pump try to correct with an injection (this always helps me)

- drink more. i know you don’t want to but do it. if you’re at the point where your body physically can’t hold anymore water try drinking some hot tea (no sugar!!!) it always helps to get rid of the discomfort i get when drinking so much water 

- take a nap

- keep checking. if you aren’t coming down call your doctor

- don’t beat yourself up over it. it happens. you’ll be okay. you’re doing great

Hey everyone!

As some of you probably know I am working on trying to obtain a diabetic alert dog this summer so that I no longer have to fear not waking up form dangerous hypoglycemic episodes at night while off at school. These dogs are often very expensive though, so I created a fundraiser to try and offset the price of obtaining and/or training on. I would really appreciate it if people could spread this around!

PLEASE HELP!

there are only 5 days to sell 63 shirts! If they aren’t sold, refunds are made and no money is donated to diabetes research. I have seen tumblr raise money for so many different causes, so why not diabetes? Diabetes is deadly, but is treated like a joke. I have almost lost my life three times to this disease and I am only 17 years old. Some kids younger than me HAVE lost their lives. Diabetes kills more than breast cancer, yet we get way less funding. Please consider buying a shirt. They are $20 and all profit goes to diabetes research! If you can’t afford $20 but would like to just donate, please send me an ask and I will give you info! If you can’t donate, I understand- but PLEASE spread this like wildfire! I have faith in you all! I have 370 followers, surely we can sell 63 shirts!

Shirt link: https://www.booster.com/walkforacureteamloki

You know, I was at my endo a while back, and I mentioned being compared to someone with cancer, and you know what she said? She said she had talked with some kids in the cancer ward about diabetes, and they had said diabetes sounds worse than what they were going through. It was mostly because they had a clear goal and care and got sympathy, whereas we have none of that. Interesting things to think about.