Diabetes on the brain y en el cerebro

Hola, mis amorcitos!

Espero que todos se encuentren muy bien en este año nuevo! I have been so bad when it comes to blogging this new year, but I hope to be doing more of it as time goes on in 2013.

El cerebro | The brain

El cerebro | The brain

I wanted to start off by telling you and reminding you how important it is for you to keep track of your diabetes. The more and more I look around, the more people have diabetes, especialmente Tipo 2, y les quiero dar un gran chancletazo! Yo se, yo se, I sound like a hypocrite because I have Type 2 diabetes myself, pero deseo que se para ya este problema! No more diabetes!

Si han hecho una resolución para este año, keep it! Keep going to the gym! Keep eating right! Keep getting up every morning to walk with me! I have had the pleasure of hosting mi hermana on our morning walks. Which one, no te digo, because she didn’t want me to blog about her progress or lack thereof. Ya sabes como son las latinas. No quieren que nadie sepa de sus fallas. Ok, I will respect it, hermana. I won’t tell which one is with me!

On to my topic of the evening. The brain. El cerebrito.

It’s hard not to think about diabetes, y más, it’s hard to stop thinking about it when you hear that Type 2 diabetes can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. ¡Sí! You heard it here. Because of the insulin resistance or, resistencia a la insulina, las celulas en el cerebro don’t respond to sugar as they normally would. Para los que no saben, los carbohidratos (formas buenas) son comida para el cerebro.  Your brain feeds on simple sugar and if your cells become resistant to it in the brain, pues, ay va todo y tus recuerdos también!

Además también encontraron que la hipoglucemia afecta muchísimo el cerebro para los que tienen diabetes tipo 1. When you have hypoglycemia, or your blood sugar falls below 60, your body starts to do a bundle of different things. For example, you might become shaky, feel faint, sweat a lot or feel cold. Cada cuerpo es diferente. And this is when you need sugar! Normalmente, los niveles de glucosa deben de estar entre 70 y 120.

Después de unos estudios entre los que tienen diabetes Tipo 1 y gente que no tiene diabetes fue que los que tienen diabetes Tipo 1 tienen menos material gris en el cerebro comparados a los que no tienen diabetes. Grey matter is  involved in muscle control, seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech, and those with Type 1 have less in the “learning” and “memory” sections of the brain.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re dumber, ¡no señor! Que facinante como el cerebro se maneja, jalando de diferentes partes para compensar por lo que no hay. Quiere decir, when those with Type 1 experience hypoglycemia, the brain works that much harder with other regions of the brain to maintain good performance. ¡Increíble! And even though those with Type 1 have less grey matter, they recruit more brain tissue to complete the same task as someone without diabetes.

Por eso nos tenemos que cuidar el diabetes por que afecta todas partes del cuerpo.

Sino por ti mismo, entonces por tus memorias e igual para su familia y sus amigos y todos que te aman! I’m telling you, mis amorcitos, if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.

I’m trying to help you, pero sin fuerza de voluntad, no cambiaras. And trust me, I want you to change and make it better. ¡Sí se puede!

Hasta la próxima, amorcitos.

Cuídate,

Tía Betty <3

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