Welcome to Saturday's Potluck
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Today's OT is going to be a little short on words. A few unexpected events disrupted my schedule.
One of the aspects of self-care is knowing enough about a medical diagnoses to judge when to reach out to medical professionals and how to monitor for improved or worsening conditions.
The Merck Manual is a solid publication covering all aspects of multiple medical conditions. Usually read both the professional and consumer write-ups.
Also have a veterinary manual.
National organizations are worth taking time to view. Sometimes the information is in non-medical terminology and an easier first read. More about living a life vs straight medical viewpoint.
American Diabetic Association has been in existence for 81 years providing information for patients and medical professionals. The general public information is a bit vague. Their dietary recommendations.
But figuring out what to eat can feel like a hassle, right? Well, it doesn't have to because there are easy things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.
One key to feeling your best lies in the food you eat. You can start by working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD) to make an eating plan that works for you. In it, be sure to include the foods you like—and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Most importantly, remember that eating well—and adding activity to your daily routine by moving more—are important ways you can manage diabetes. And we’re here to help you every step of the way.
The professional information is very robust.
DiabetesPro - seminars for health professionals.
Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2021 244 page pdf
Page 66 discusses carbohydrates and low carb diets for diabetics. Includes a a couple of warnings for patients on a low carb diet. First - if taking canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin, sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. They have the potential risk of ketoacidosis. Second - monitor blood sugars, meds may need to be adjusted to avoid episodes of hypoglycemia.
American Parkinson Disease Association has a number of useful publications and videos accessible under Education and Support.
Conflict of research data and opinion is a normal part of medical science. In 1991 the controversy was on estrogen in the medical journals and at conferences. Today it is in the regular news, social media and talk shows regarding Covid. We do not need to react to every article, it is okay to stay on the course you have chosen while the chatter is going on.
A new laboratory study from Oregon Health & Science University finds that blood serum drawn from people previously vaccinated or naturally infected show "significantly reduced" defense against two widely circulating variants of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Researchers said that their findings emphasize the importance of vaccinations combined with maintaining public health measures to cut off the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The natural immune protection that develops after a SARS-CoV-2 infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to a large Israeli study that some scientists wish came with a “Don’t try this at home” label. The newly released data show people who once had a SARS-CoV-2 infection were much less likely than vaccinated people to get Delta, develop symptoms from it, or become hospitalized with serious COVID-19.
The study demonstrates the power of the human immune system, but infectious disease experts emphasized that this vaccine and others for COVID-19 nonetheless remain highly protective against severe disease and death. And they caution that intentional infection among unvaccinated people would be extremely risky.
The preprint paper (not peer reviewed)
What is on your mind today?