Monthly Archives: May 2008
(No, I’m not talking about the bike I hardly use. I’m talking about the female cycle. Read no further if this subject makes you uncomfortable.)
I find relief when I begin each and every period. Well, okay, after nearly twenty years of menstruating, I haven’t gotten entirely used to the process. But lately, I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend in the relationship between my cycle and diabetes control.
From the moment I start my period until I begin PMS symptoms three weeks later (give or take a day or two), I have a good handle on blood sugar readings as long as I exercise and take my metformin. Diet doesn’t seem to matter too much – I can get away with sushi or pizza with blood sugars within post-prandial range.
That last week of every cycle gets me and gets me good. Despite good intentions, I end up binging on carbs and end paying for it with high blood sugars and high emotions (despite the metformin and the exercise).
I’ve noticed it for over a year, but it’s about time I start paying attention. At the sight of that first fasting blood sugar out of range, I need to stay in control and stick to lower-carb options. I can’t continue to feel out of control one week out of every month. I just can’t. Because otherwise, the idea of a home hysterectomy kit is sounding mighty tempting to me and those around me…
Jay Cutler, quarterback of the Denver Broncos football team, has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
“Recently diagnosed”, he turned 25 on Monday.
Greg expressed his sense of humor (or in all seriousness, you decide) by wondering if Cutler has a published e-mail address because he could give him some tips. Oh, and he wondered if the QB will have access to endless test strips as a high-paid football player ;).