What can you do to help?

Incredible video produced by a student to help raise awareness about diabetes.

Over 6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. This video was shot as part of the activities at Full Sail, for World Diabetes Day. Shooting and editing was done by Brett Novak, a Digital Art & Design student at Full Sail. Music: 2litros Video: Brett Novak. 

See it here on TuDiabetes.com.  Click to visit Tu Diabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes!

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Diabetes 365 Day 8

Diabetes 365 Day 8, originally uploaded by Khürt.Last night my sister-in-law’s husband asked me, “Why do you test so much?” I explained to him that since I inject insulin ( and I explained about the important of insulin ) before each meal that in between meals and even before meals I have no way of knowing if my blood glucose level is going up, going down, or just handing around. He still had a blank look so I explained some more.”You have a healthy endocrine system that does what it is supposed to do. Mine. She broke. This finger prick, this test strip and meter, this shot of insulin – and my brain – they are my endocrine system.”Sigh! I know he still didn’t get it.

Deserts, dingoes and diabetes

Desert Dingo Racing LogoI was recently contacted by Jim Graham, co-owner of Desert Dingo Racing . His team is racing a 1969 VW Beetle in the Baja 1000 in Mexico. This year the Baja 1000 event occurs on the same day as World Diabetes Day sponsored by the Internation Diabetes Foundation.

I am not familiar at all with either of these events ( some video of the Baja 1000 can be found on YouTube here ) but the two events are related in that the team will be using the event to generate awareness of diabetes ( two team members have Type 2 diabetes ) and raise money for diabetes research and education.

Jim was kind enough to provide background on his team and the event.

  • Desert Dingo Racing is a team of Silicon Valley professionals who’ve come together to race a near-stock 1969 VW Beetle in the 40th annual, 1,300 mile long Baja 1000 desert race. The course will take them from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Baja California.
  • Two members of the team, Mike Aquino and Richard Palasik, have Type 2 diabetes and several other team members have a history of the disease in their families.
  • The team has partnered with the International Diabetes Federation and has been designated the official “World Diabetes Day car” for the race. The team is supporting a drive-a-thon fund raiser to support diabetes research and education. 100% of the funds raised go to the IDF. We’re also working with the Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes in Mexico City and expect to be distributing information on diabetes in Spanish during the race.
  • Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in Baja California. Mexico is second only to the U.S. with the highest prevalence of diabetes in North America, reporting 33% of all cases, according to the SASI Group. Of the 8 million people living along the U.S.-Mexico border, 5.7%, or approximately 1.2 million, have Type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Pre-diabetes has been found among 14% of the total adult population in the area on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the CDC. Pre-diabetes affects approximately one million individuals, impacting 51% of women and 49% of men.
  • Baja 1000 Race Week runs from Nov. 10-16 and coincides with World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. The race begins 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. We expect it will take us 53 hours to complete the course driving non-stop and changing out drivers and navigators several times. We will start live blogging and Twittering when we arrive in Mexico on Nov. 9.
  • The race attracts 300,000 spectators on the course and millions more watch the TV coverage. It’s the longest non-stop point-to-point race in the world.
  • Class 11 racing is limited to near-stock pre-1983 VW Beetles that have a roll cage, minor suspension modifications, racing seats and seatbelts and slightly larger tires. The nine-time winner in Class 11, Eric Solorzano, built Desert Dingo’s engine.

The Kit

The Kit, originally uploaded by Khürt.

I am a tech geek and like most geeks I have a lot of crap … I mean stuff. So what do you get when a tech geek with stuff also has diabetes? A lot more crap.

Do I really need all this stuff? Let me see … I want a meter to test my blood glucose. But wait…. I want test strips for the meter. Well… I want a lancet for poking holes in my finger tips…. I want alcohol wipes for cleaning the finger before and after pricking.After taking my before meal blood glucose, I’ll want to take some insulin… I’ll use my insulin pen…. I’ll use a needle for the pen…. then if I get a blood stain on my clothes I’ll need something to fix that…..if something goes wrong I might need a glucose tablet.Later, I’ll want to dump my meter data and record the nutritional info and insulin data for graphing/reporting and trend tracking….No. I don’t have to do all this but I’m glad that I do so I can find a reason for the low I am now having…. which I only noticed because of the slight tingling sensation in my tongue… this would be followed by shaking hands, hot flashes, and light headiness around the low 30s…wow!…. all this one day…

Knowledge

Knowledge, originally uploaded by Khürt.

As an information security professional I know that no network or computer system is invulnerable from attack and compromise. The threat landscape is constantly changing and the bad guys are almost always a step ahead. What can be done is that the risks can be minimized. The buzzword used in my industry is Security Risk Management.

Managing diabetes is like practicing effective risk management. To do that I need knowledge; about my body, my pancreas and and the various risks. The knowledge base is constantly changing with new research and new insights.