Thursday, November 01, 2007

Diabetes and Novembers Pirate

Novembers Pirate

Artist Unknown
Thanks for the image Benita!

Sam Bellamy and his boarding party take possession of the Whydah gallery from Captain Prince in Febuary 1717. the slave ship was captured off Long Island in the Bahamas sailing from Jamaica and bound for England. Loaded with treasure after delivering live cargo, the Whydah was appropriated by Black Sam Bellamy to become a pirate ship. She later wrecked off Cape Cod.

On November 18, 1720, Captain Calico Jack Rackaham is hung on a gibbet at Plum Point, Jamaica, for acts of piracy.

November 22, 1718, Blackbeard dies of multiple wounds sustained in a shipboard battle fought in the shallows of Ocracoke Inlet, NC.

November 28, 1720 Anne Bonney and Mary Read are tried for acts of piracy but are not convicted to hang because they are pregnant.


The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.

The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.


Diabetes Myths

Myth #1
You can catch diabetes from someone else. No. Although we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

Myth #2 People with diabetes can't eat sweets or chocolate.If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes, than they are to people without diabetes.

Myth #3 Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. No. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

Myth #4 People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods. A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is the same as that for everyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit. Diabetic and “dietetic” versions of sugar-containing foods offer no special benefit. They still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

Myth #5 If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta. Starchy foods are part of a healthy meal plan. What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions. For most people with diabetes, having 3-4 servings of carbohydrate-containing foods is about right. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your gut healthy.

Myth #6 People with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses. No. You are no more likely to get a cold or another illness if you have diabetes. However, people with diabetes are advised to get flu shots. This is because any infection interferes with your blood glucose management, putting you at risk of high blood glucose levels and, for those with type 1 diabetes, an increased risk of ketoacidosis.

Myth #7 Insulin causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and high blood pressure.No, insulin does not cause atherosclerosis. In the laboratory, there is evidence that insulin can initiate some of the early processes associated with atherosclerosis. Therefore, some physicians were fearful that insulin might aggravate the development of high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. But it doesn’t.

Myth #8 Insulin causes weight gain, and because obesity is bad for you, insulin should not be taken. Both the UKPDS (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study) and the DCCT (Diabetes Control & Complications Trial) have shown that the benefit of glucose management with insulin far outweighs (no pun intended) the risk of weight gain.

Myth #9 Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is ok to eat as much of it as you wish. Fruit is a healthy food. It contains fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. Because fruit contains carbohydrate, it needs to be included in your meal plan. Talk to your dietitian about the amount, frequency and types of fruits you should eat.

Myth #10 You don’t need to change your diabetes regimen unless your A1C is greater than 8 percent.The better your glucose control, the less likely you are to develop complications of diabetes. An A1C in the sevens (7s), however, does not represent good control. The ADA goal is less than 7 percent. The closer your A1C is to the normal range (less than 6 percent), the lower your chances of complications. However, you increase your risk of hypoglycemia, especially if you have type 1 diabetes. Talk with your health care provider about the best goal for you.


As most of you already know I am a diabetic so this cause is very important to me. I was first diagnosed with diabetes in January of 2004. Both of my parents have adult onset diabetes so I was aware of the symptoms before my diagnoses. In 1987 my mother died as a result of diabetes and cancer. My father was diagnosed in 1989 and through exercise and diet he is no longer taking any medications for diabetes. Way to go Dad! :0)

With your help the American Diabetes Association will find a cure for this disease. Please take a moment and consider making a donation here.


Take care everyone!

N Posted by Rain at 11/01/2007 12:32:00 AM


  • Anonymous Rav`N posted at 10:03 PM  
    my mom is diabetic and my dad was recently diagnosed tooo, although his isn't very bad and he's kept it under control pretty easily. I haven't developed it yet but its pretty much a foregone conclusion that I'll get it sometime in my life
  • Blogger jules posted at 7:40 AM  
    Okay spooky girl. Did I know you were diabetic too? I don't think so. I swear you are my long lost twin. I've FINALLY had three straight weeks of "normal" sugars. I love this new doctor.
  • Blogger Rain posted at 4:46 PM  
    Hi Rav'N,

    After my mothers diagnoses, I would test my blood weekly and I continued to test my blood after her death. All was well and good until I noticed that the symptoms of diabetes were continuing and getting worse.

    The signs of diabetes symptoms include:
    Frequent urination
    Excessive thirst
    Extreme hunger
    Unusual weight loss
    Increased fatigue
    Blurry vision

    Give those puppies extra hugs from me :0)

    I am so glad I found you in the "Twilight Zone" :0)

    Yay for the "normal" sugars!

    I am going to call you this week, I have something special to share with you.
  • Blogger Cindy Swanson posted at 9:00 PM  
    I just found out I have Type 2 diabetes a couple of months ago. I'm doing everything I can to manage it through diet and exercise. That's so awesome about your dad! Thanks for a very encouraging post.

    November 14 is World Diabetes Day, and I'll definitely be blogging about diabetes that day!
  • Blogger evelgal posted at 7:29 PM  
    nothing relevant but just wanna say..AHOY !!! I love pirates. if you like japanese anime also, you may want to check out ONE PIECE.

    keep up the good work.

    say hi to me sometime.
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