What’s the big deal with de-stressing? One of my concerns with Hashimotos is stressing my adrenal glands which produce several of their own hormones, but they also control the release of cortisol hormone produced in the pituitary gland. You may remember from school that cortisol hormone is associated with the fight-or-flight response. We learned that at some point, right?
If this sounds dramatic, it is: on October 14, 2014 I lost my health. After an intense month of wide-ranging medical symptoms, I finally hauled myself to the doctor’s office to receive the news that I had been dreading: I had type 1 diabetes.
Two weeks after the diagnosis I sat in a week-long diabetes clinic that taught newly diagnosed T1Ds the ins-and-outs of managing the disease. I distinctly remember the diabetes educator commenting on my stoic demeanor and how she was concerned that I was not processing my diagnosis. I felt defensive towards her comment, like “back off lady – you don’t know me!” When the conversation came up later that week about how people grieve the loss of health I was already tuned out.
This article is part of a monthly series dedicated to highlighting current trends in autoimmune disease research. My aim is to understand how research findings may affect future research, treatment advances, and technology solutions.
“SMALL NUMBERS, SMALL MISTAKES. LARGE NUMBERS, LARGE MISTAKES.” – DR. RICHARD BERNSTEIN
Almost four years into my journey with type 1 diabetes, I sit back and question why my medical team did not rely Dr. Bernstein’s message to me early on – from day one. I’ve had to seek out information and resources that, for instance, taught me to modify my diet to include a small intake of carbohydrates. This shift made a huge impact in my day-to-day T1D management.
What is it about camping that allows us to shrug off all of our habits surrounding food? I’m not alone, right? When I camp with my family there are endless amounts of chocolate-chip muffins or M&M laced rice krispie treats hiding in the bear box. Yum! I typically steer clear of these treats and consider them as just that: an occasional treat. On vacation mode, my self-control wanes right along with all blood glucose control.
This article is part of a monthly series dedicated to highlighting current trends in autoimmune disease research. My aim is to understand how research findings may effect future research, treatment advances, and technology solutions.
Today I made the decision to elect medical care by Parsley Health, a primary care practice that takes a functional medicine approach. I feel genuinely excited that I am choosing to prioritize my health for the long haul known as life.