Yes, I think we can beat diabetes. Now I know there’s no cure in sight and I’d be pleasantly surprised if one arrives before my time is up.
I get what you’re talking about and I believe we’re on the same wavelength. Diabetes is a disease that we can manipulate and approach a somewhat normal metabolism. We may not be able to do that day after day but often enough to live a long and energetic life.
I’m a big believer in studying and trying tactics to normalize my blood sugar. Some people may see the time and interest I pay to this as an erosion of life quality. I don’t see it like that. I see diabetes as a formidable foe. When I can knock it down and run many hours in my target range, I get a kick out of that! Defeating formidible foes is more fun than easy ones. Maybe the same kick that fantasy baseball winners get when they win.
I know this personal view of diabetes and the style we both prefer is not universal in our community. It’s too bad. If more people would give some of the tactics we use a try, perhaps a few of them would enjoy success and better health. I know it’s dangerous to generalize from personal experience but some of what we’ve learned can apply to at least a few other people.
It’s an old adage that nothing succeeds like success. When I can produce a string of days that meet my goals, I am pumped up. It stokes my energy and enthusiasm that keeps me in the game long term.
By the way, I am 2/3 of the way through Ponder’s Sugar Surfing. I am more impressed with this work than I thought I would be. Sometimes his descriptions seem vague and repetitive but overall I think his work is worthwhile. I will be consciously practicing micro-boluses and micro-carbing. I’ve used these techniques before but I’ve never deliberately drilled them to make them a familiar habit and a honed tool.
My Apple Watch makes playing this game easier. I’m glad I have it. Ponder talks about increasing your glances at your CGM display to about 50 per day. I have no problem doing that with the convenience of the watch. What I need to beef up is natural questioning of the data to wring every last piece of intelligence out of it.
The idea of taking a 120 flatline deliberately down to an 85 flatline consistently is very appealing to me. His whole method seems to capitalize on “keeping your head in the game,” and using data to your benefit. I am going to see Ponder on Saturday at a seminar he’s putting on in San Francisco.
I read your piece over at Diabetes Mine when it came out this week. Good job!