Well I spent ££££s on Omega 3 and a host of other pills that were supposed to help memory and brain function..
But do you not what helped?
Stopping myself from living inside my own head (e.g. trying to focus inwardly on how I was feeling constantly) actively trying to stop myself focusing on health related anxiety issues, a good restful nights sleep.. Doing things I enjoy and trying to focus on the outside world and other people abit more. Along with walking, exercise, leafy green veg and restrictions on junk food, coffee and booze. helped This helped me more a heck of alot more than a fish oil pill ever did.
With illness like diabetes I personally think it is very easy to become too inwardly focused on how we are feeling (i know it is necessary at times), I think this in turn can spill over into anxiety and stress and a cycle of obsessive thoughts can begin quite easily.
As people have said, the human body is amazing, I very much doubt that an A1c in the 11 would cause lasting brain damage in the short term, although logic suggests that as the brain runs likes to use glucose as its primary fuel, you would be wise to start working on lowering your HbA1c and focus on achieving more stable blood sugars. I know that severe blood sugar swings cost me two personal relationships, due to volatility and mood swings.
I would bet my motorbike that stress and anxiety have come into play here.. Focus on relaxing and looking after yourself. I am one of the least hippy men you can imagine, but these issues had me switching from Whiskey to Camille tea and from rock and roll, to mindful mediation sessions ha.
nope, sorry, I'm listening to Alice and Chains and Motorhead before I go lift weights! Great post though Buckley! I agree 100%!
One of my friends runs an institute studying the relation humans and their environments that has made encouraging findings about positive results from exposure to greenspace, I think even narrow, urban strips of greenspace will get these results? http://lhhl.illinois.edu/media.htm. This has been a big help to me. I'm perpetually still stressed out about various things, work, 13 year old, etc. but when I get out I feel better, pretty much 100% of the time?
I agree completely.
In the summer months I do alot of woodland wild camping, have some pics on my profile actually.
I spend about 14 hours a day staring at glowing LCD screens during the working week along commuting to London, it really does fry my brain at times.
I find just being out in the peace and quiet, reading, have a brew and sleeping under the stars in my hammock chills me out almost as much as 30mg of Valuim does ha..
No in all seriousness, the importance of green public spaces cannot be underestimated.
Listening to "The Black Keys" at the moment...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Je2wAUcH4o Got to be my favourite band of the moment.
When my blood sugars are very high or low I definitely do not think very clearly. I don't know if it is simply because I am distracted by other symptoms that make me feel bad (such as headache or irritability) or if the loss of brain function is a symptom in itself. When my blood sugars are back in range I feel like I can focus much better (although it takes a while after a low to return back to feeling normal even after my BS is normal). I don't think I have any permanent brain damage; although my husband may disagree... :)
When I was first diagnosed I felt very distracted by diabetes.. my brain was preoccupied with thoughts of blood sugars. I have found that the further away from my diagnosis I get, the more I am able to put diabetes towards the back of my mind and focus on other things. I am hoping that given some time you will feel the same. Best of luck!!
For the first 3-4 weeks after I went on the pump and established some kind of control I was really having cognitive difficulties. I am a psychiatry resident, and in general I am given to understand I do a good job, but my March rotation review came back and they describe me as "disorganized", which is totally not me. Fortunately this is a single blip in a long series of good evaluations, so my program just says we'll pretend it never happened.
Only in the last couple of weeks is my thought process feeling more normal. My going on the pump was preceded by almost a year of lousy control (HgB A1c 8.7-8.9) in which I was trying to cover my diabetes by not eating carbs and just using Levemir at night. Obviously, that didn't work. Then the addition of Novolog MDI with my irregular schedule led to a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Things with the pump are way better, and now I can go back to feeling smart!