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Laughing to Lower Blood Glucose

That may sound funny, but there’s some truth to the matter!  Last Wednesday night, I hit the road heading to the westside of Cincinnati to the Pumpers Support Group, run by Doc Heile.  With about 30 or so in attendance, it was a fun night with guest speaker, Trisha Porretti, RN, BSN, CDE from Florida presenting “Can Laughter Lower Blood Glucose?”  Not only did she entertain with stories from her life and experiences with diabetes, hospitals  and nursing school, but she also gave us some motivational facts that indicate laughter can truly help diabetics. 

The presentation used humor to help motivate and shift perspective on how to manage and live well with diabetes.   While some of the presentation was a little clinical, Trisha brought it to reality for the audience and kept it light.  Listening to her talk, it reminded me of years back when I was first diagnosed, and I was searching for any and all information I could find about diabetes.  I learned a lot, but most of the information just brought me down about how difficult it was to control and how many complications can come from it.  Although I would still suggest to any newly diagnosed person to read everything they can, you also have to balance that with the good side.  And, that’s really the true message that Trisha delivered.

Dealing with diabetes can be frustrating, but you can’t let that part take over.  As she remined us, “Any day above ground is a good day!”  And that’s so true.  

During the meeting, she tracked how many times we laughed, and it totaled 98-plus times–which according to her research is much more than the normal adult laughs per day, usually only 17 times on average.  This she compared to children who laugh over 400 times per day on average.  That made me feel good since my laughter that night not only reduced my muscle tension, helped my vascular system, improved my immune system and helped improve my post-pranial blood glucose, but it also just made me feel great! 

Thanks, Trisha, Animas and Doc Heile for keeping us in stitches and good health!  To find out more about upcoming meetings at Doc Heile’s website.

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