Last week, after some while, I went to see my doctor. While waiting, I picked up one of the only two magazines available in the waiting room – I don’t know if also because of the current economic crisis or for some other reason, this was the first time for about a decade and a half that I found the surgery totally devoid of the usual lots of newspapers and magazines on current affairs, fashion, glamour, etc., made available there to patients and visitors.
Of the two available magazines – one about buses and other about I didn’t know what until I passed through the title, Balance, and the cover to find out that it was about diabetes, I picked the latter. It was the first time I ever came across a publication specific and substantial about this disease. So, I browsed through it and read some bits and pieces until I was called to see the doctor.
I hadn’t seen her for a few months, even though in the meantime I have received occasional letters from the surgery asking me to go there to test for something or another – lately I simply couldn’t bring myself to go there unless for a reason of my own and of force majeure, occupied as I have been with many troublesome issues in my life these days…
She asked me whether I came to see her because I just generally felt that I needed to do a check up now that I’ve reached a ‘certain age’, or because of some specific concern. I responded “both”, but my specific concern was also unspecified: over the last few months I’ve been losing weight for no apparent reason. She immediately offered to do an instant diabetes check because some people tend to start losing weight when they contract diabetes. And so, the diabetes test was done, but didn’t reveal anything abnormal. That test is now to be followed by a general check-up.
That was in the morning of that day. Then, in the afternoon, I came across this news:
A parasitic worm is providing a breakthrough in the development of a diabetes cure, with molecules from the worm proving to regulate the immune system...
Now that I’m no longer so concerned about possibly having diabetes, I am glad that lots of other people, like Randy Jackson, author of the beautifully titled book Body with Soul, which I read about in the magazine Balance, will find some hope in this news.
I just wish it could have been news about a breakthrough on Sickle Cell Disease...
P.S.: I just found out as well that cinnamon can be good for Type 2 diabetes as it is believed to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar. It can also help arthritis sufferers when mixed with honey.