Diabetes: Destroying the Myths | Betsy Ray | TEDxVail


Betsy needs your help. What do you really know about diabetes? She’ll crush your assumptions, change your beliefs, move you to be tested.

Children are dying at the bottom of a cascade of beliefs that have rendered diabetes irrelevant and insignificant. Betsy Ray, Speaker, Diabetic, Educator, Consultant, Author, Activist, Cyclist, Fundraiser, Parent of a child with Type I Diabetes (19+ years), Founder/CEO Diabetes Activist, Consultant International Diabetes Federation – Global Blue Voices Initiative, Co-Host – The Bonnie Sher Show, Guest Blog Author – DiabetesMine, Delegate, DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, Stanford University, Eli Lilly Journey Award 50 year Silver Medalist, Founding Grand National Champion “Inspired By Diabetes” Competition, Lifetime Member – Guild of The Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF), Owner Belvedere Belgian Chocolates, Cherry Creek North, Colorado wants to change that by altering the perception about diabetes. She believes misunderstandings about diabetes are causing avoidable suffering and death. Betsy asks, “How do we change public perception and awareness to end the Diabetes Pandemic?”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Type 2 Diabetes – Your Health Is What You Make Of It

You may feel you do not need any more reminders about your health. But your well-being is important, and it is imperative to be in good health as you age. If you are part of a group dealing with obesity or Type 2 diabetes, it probably means you have been neglecting these important reminders. Maybe you have been taking your health for granted – which is enough to increase your risk of developing these diseases. But let us not get off to a bad start. On a brighter note, you have to focus on what you can control. Regarding your well-being, there is much you can do, so it is not a question of what is possible. Rather, it is how willing you are to keep your health in good standing, no matter what.

Type 2 Diabetes – Will Motivation or Purpose Help You Reverse Diabetes?

If your health and well-being are a priority right now, then you are going to do whatever is necessary to take control: lower your blood sugar levels, ensure weight loss and reversal of Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, many people are passive in regards to their health. Intervention at any time other than at the last minute is rare, and even then there might not always be a dedicated effort. Diseases like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and any condition with a cardiovascular component, are common nowadays. You cannot afford to take your health for granted, especially since you become more exposed as you age. You are not going to be fully healthy forever but you can influence your future well-being.

Type 2 Diabetes – Heart Function in the Fetus When the Mother Has Gestational Diabetes

Gestational or pregnancy-induced diabetes is a health problem for both mothers and their children. In March of 2017, the medical journal Pediatric Cardiology reported on a study on fetal heart function in Gestational diabetic mothers. Earlier studies have shown heart abnormalities during the third trimester or last three months of the pregnancy. Researchers at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, found abnormalities during the second trimester, or middle three months.

Type 2 Diabetes – A Prediabetes Diagnosis Presents A Chance To Change or Improve

Did you know being diagnosed with prediabetes is good news? Well, at least if you consider yourself the type of person who sees a glass as half full. While prediabetes tends to catch many people off guard, it is in reality, a warning of what is to come if no action is taken to be tested regularly to be sure you have your levels back in check. And by realizing a prediabetes diagnosis has this silver lining, you can act to prevent the problems that go hand-in-hand with a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Your blood sugar levels are not quite high enough to give you a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, but it means you are on your way unless you intervene now.

Type 2 Diabetes – Is Poor Sleep Quality Associated With the Dawn Phenomenon?

Healthy people normally have higher levels of cortisol in their body in the early morning hours between 0200 and 0800. Blood sugar levels rise at that time, preparing the body for waking and using more energy. People with Type 2 diabetes sometimes develop a condition called the “dawn phenomenon,” in which blood sugar levels reach uncontrolled levels. Circadian rhythm tells our bodies when to sleep or wake. It is sometimes referred to as the 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. It is mostly controlled by our genes, although environmental changes in light can trigger changes (jet lag).

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