This cartoon is a conundrum in many diabetic lives: what percentage of our mood and feelings are impacted by – or a result of – our blood sugars and self-care? Speaking for myself, I’m very irritable and short-tempered when the results of my glucose meter run in the high numbers. I feel sluggish and just want to be left alone. When my numbers run Low, I can get angry in the flick of an eye. I’m critical and impatient and looking for a reason to enter an argument. Believe me, it’s hard to be me much of the time! That said, there’s the other side of the argument: maybe my diabetes doesn’t affect my moods at all and I’m simply a complex and emotional person? Funny thing is, I’ll never really know!
A friend of mine sent an article on the use of magnet therapy in treating diabetic neuropathy. Another friend with equally good intentions passed along the claim that the salvia plant held the “cure.” Over my four decades as a T1D there have been scores of new treatments presented, from sources both credible and, well, not.
This cartoon is an obvious spoof on an alternative treatment that may, for all I know, work very well for some people (I don’t claim to be a doctor). But like all therapies – traditional, integrated, or radical – one needs to follow protocol. Eating magnets to control neuropathy or blood sugar (ringworm or stuttering) is advocated by no one, I promise you. You’d be much better advised to use them on your fridge.