A Week is a Long Time in Manchester – a Silver Lining

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Seven days ago none of us could have guessed what was going to happen in the next week.

I had no idea that twenty two mostly young people, who were full of life and future prospects, would no longer be with us.

It has to have been one of the saddest weeks in Manchester’s long and chequered history.

Despite the incredible sadness I wanted to take something positive from the recent events.

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I always watch the London marathon and today, Sunday, I watched the Manchester run and what a boost that was.

I must confess that my weight loss attempts have gone in the bin over the last few weeks but watching the efforts of the runners and their great humour has set me back on the path to giving my diabetes a hard time.

Everyone of us can get inspiration from the events of the last week in May.

All that moaning about our diabetes and trying to improve our diet is trivia compared to the future facing many of the weeks victims and their families.

Renewed Enthusiasm

So what has it to do with all of us?

Well from my pint of view, for a long time now, I’ve known that it’s your mindset that makes all the difference.

That’s why watching the good humored determination in Manchester today has rekindled my determination to get on and fight to reverse my Diabetes.

So to start with I’m off to weigh myself.

I’m not looking forward to this but it’s the starting point for getting back on the wagon.

Join me

Up until now my blog has been kind of factual and a bit sciency ( spell check says no such word) but now I want to introduce the personal level.

I’m going to be sharing what I’ve tried and the results that I get.

In other words I’m off on a road to try and reverse my diabetes and I want you to come with me.

There is no doubt that I will fall off the proverbial wagon but that’s only human.

It’s how you get back on that counts.

After the events of the last week I’m glad to alive and reasonably well.

I owe it those less fortunate than me to make the absolute best of it.

I also draw on the inspiration of the runners and the spirit of other Mancunians and people everywhere who have contributed positively during the last week.

Conclusion

Time to weigh in and get on with it.

But the lessens of this week, from the tragedy of the start to the magnificent spirit of the end, will stay with me and help fuel my determination.

I hope that it will help you on your way.

Talk again soon

In fond memory of those we lost and all those who have suffered. Manchester, May 2017

 

 

Can Type 2 Diabetes Cause Diabetic Yeast Infections?

As a type 2 sufferer you will probably come across diabetic yeast infections at some time.

Find out what they are, what causes them and what to do with them.

I, personally, have not had this type of problem except for a touch of athletes foot which I got on odd occasions before I had diabetes.

However, I understand that you may have been bothered by these irritating problems.

One of the reasons that you as a diabetic must be especially careful for your overall health is because type 2 diabetes makes one prone to many types of infections. Not only are infections in diabetes more frequent but they tend to be more serious and more difficult to manage.

Why are diabetics more prone to infection?      diabetic fungal infection

Diabetics live in a high sugar environment much of the time unless they are in excellent diabetic control. This environment impairs the immune function by damaging the ability of the neutrophils to act against infection, by damaging the effects of antioxidants on the body and by damaging the humoral immunity, which involves the antibody system.

In addition, circulation can be poor in diabetics so that they can’t get enough blood to the area of infection. Urine has a decreased antibacterial activity and the gastrointestinal tract doesn’t flush out bacteria and yeast as effectively. Diabetics get more invasive medical tests, which bring with them the risk of infection. All of these things come together to create an elevated risk of both infections from bacteria and fungi.

Simply your condition makes you more prone to Diabetic Yeast Infections. This is not your fault or due to any lack of care on your part.

Types of Diabetic Yeast Infections

As Diabetics we are unique in our ability to get yeast infections. Fortunately, most of them are not serious and simply need medical treatment.

Here are the main diabetic yeast infections that you can get:

  • Vaginal infections ( ladies Only).

    Yeast feed off an environment that is warm, moist, and high in sugar. All of these situations exist in a diabetic woman’s vagina. They tend also to thrive in the higher pH of the vagina so a douche with a little bit of vinegar in it can make all the difference in the world when used once a week to keep the vagina acidic.

  • Mouth infections.

    People can get Candida mouth infections, especially under the high sugar conditions of the diabetic saliva. This can look like a white coating upon the tongue or can cover the entire inside of the mouth, making it difficult and painful to eat. Fortunately, there are “swish and spit” liquids that can be used to clear up the Candida infection.

  • Otitis externa.

    This is a yeast infection of the outer ear canal, brought on by high sugars, moisture in the ear canal and heat from the body. This can be a severe infection, affecting the ability to hear. Do not put anything in your ear to help clear it up except for prescription drops that fight yeast infections of the external ear.

  • Candida skin infections.

    Diabetics can get fungal skin infections of the skin, particularly in the folds of the skin, such as the axilla (underarm), fat folds, and underneath the breasts. Men can get it in the groin folds. This often looks like shiny, thin, and red skin, which can scale and blister. It is often noticed because it is extremely itchy. There are powders and creams that can counteract this kind of infection.

  • Nail bed infections.

    Diabetics are more prone to nailbed infections, particularly of the toes. The diabetic immune system can’t fight off yeast infections involving the nailbeds due to poor circulation and a low immune system. These infections cause unsightly breakdown of the nail along with whitened, thickened nails. Oral medication is usually the treatment of choice to allow the nail infection to grow out.

  • Jock itch.

    This is a yeast infection that comes from contact between the male genitals and the rest of the skin in the groin area. As its name applies, this can be a very itchy condition. Medicated powders for jock itch are available over the counter.

  • Athlete’s foot.

    Diabetics have poor circulation to the feet so, when they come in contact with moisture and fungus in communal showers or other moist places, the fungus grows between the toes, causing severe itching. The best and easiest treatment is to use anti-fungal powder for athlete’s foot.

Last thoughts

I hope that like me you are not bothered too often with this type of problem, but, if you are then this short guide should help.

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To Start at the Beginning

It was a Thursday and nothing much happens on a Thursday.

I was sat in my little office. I worked for myself at that time some seven years ago.

For the two weeks leading up to this day I had been feeling rough.

Just walking up a slight incline was giving my an uncomfortable sensation in my chest. I had convinced myself that it was indigestion and was eating quite large quantities of those minty indigestion things that rhyme with pennies.

It had even got to the point on the previous Monday where I had gone to the doctors.

He gave me an ECG but found nothing. I left armed with a nitro spray and the strict instructions that if the pain did not go after five puffs I was to go straight to hospital.

Thursday was a Bad Day

As the day went on the pain grew worse.

I am sure that by now you have guessed what came next. By mid afternoon I could not stand the pain so I asked my wife to pack a bag for me and drive me to hospital.

I am forever indebted to her for the speed of that journey although had I not been having a heart attack when we set off, then I would have had one by the time we got there.

All I can remember thinking was No! I can’t be having a heart attack on a Thursday.

I’ve still not managed to work out what would be a good day to have one.

At the A&E it was confirmed, it was a heart attack and for the first time in my life I was kept in hospital.

Eventually I had a stent placed in my heart and was sent home to recover.

More bad news

Some weeks after my hospitalisation I had to go to the doctors for a check up and to be given the medication that would be with me for a long time.

Whilst I was there blood test and blood pressure were done and an appointment made to go back for the results.

Wow I had a blood pressure that could have killed a horse and a further shock to add it.

I was Type 2 Diabetic. Whatever that was.

I decided that I would fight it head on, have you ever heard that one before.

Now 7 Years Later

I am finally getting round to doing it.

All those wonderful things like losing weight, taking exercise and eating well.

I’m actually starting to do them. But not before I have accumulated an impressive list of symptoms , complaints and problems.

Now I am tackling my demons and I’m going to tell everyone how I get on and what works for me.

In addition I will be talking to many other sufferers to find out what floats their boat and I hope that you will be one of them.

So lets go

This was only meant to be a short introductory post as I have lots to share so I’m of to test and record and also to write up all my finding to date.

I would really like you to follow the blog and if possible share your experiences.

Diabetes is so much easier when you can share your story and possibly help others who are where you were.

Lets go

Brian