DIABETES KÁN BESTUUR WORD – Artikel in Bloemnuus

JY begin drasties gewig verloor en bly knaend dors, maar jy weet nie hoekom nie. Die kans is dat jy aan diabetes ly.

November is internasionale Diabetesmaand. Mnr. Nico Baird, rubriekskrywer van Bloemnuus, is drie jaar gelede met diabetes gediagnoseer. Bloemnuus het by hom gaan hoor hoe dit sy lewe verander het.

“Ek het geweldig gewig begin verloor en het liters en liters water elke dag gedrink. Ná ’n paar toetse is ek met tipe 1-diabetes gediagnoseer. Die diagnose was nie vir my so erg nie, maar almal om my het my begin begrawe. Dit is gewoonlik die probleem as jy met diabetes gediagnoseer word. Almal dink jy is besig om te groet en dit is nie so nie,” vertel Nico.

Bestuur dit

Hy sê dit is nie so ’n groot verandering nie, mits dit bestuur word.

“’n Mens raak vinnig gewoond aan al die dinge wat jy mag en nie mag doen nie. Jy verneuk hier en daar, maar jy doen jou bes. ’n Mens is maar net versigtiger en probeer gesonder lewe.

“Almal is natuurlik doodbang vir die inspuitings, maar glo my as ek vandag sê dat die naaldjies deesdae so dun is dat jy dit nie eens voel as jy jouself inspuit nie. In die ou dae was dit vreeslike naalde, maar nie meer nie.”

Nico sê dis belangrik om jou suikervlakke dop te hou en om jouself op te pas.

“Die groot ding is nie noodwendig suiker nie. Dit is die koolhidrate wat omskakel in suiker en al bly jy weg van alle suiker, sal jy nog jou koolhidrate moet beperk, want dit laat jou suikervlakke styg. Dis ook nie nodig om nou ’n vegetariër te word en net vrugtesap te drink nie. ’n Glas suiwer lemoensap kan jou suikervlakke laat opskiet.”

Kry ’n goeie dieetkundige

Nico sê dat dit ook baie belangrik is vir iemand wat met diabetes gediagnoseer is om by ’n goeie dieetkundige uit te kom.

“Aan die begin van my diabetes het ek by twee dieetkundiges uitgekom wat my op die verkeerde pad gelei het. Gelukkig was dit third time lucky vir my en het ek by die regte dieetkundige uitgekom wat my gehelp het om die siekte reg te bestuur.

Mediese vooruitgang

Nico sê dat daar ongelooflike vooruitgang met die behandeling van diabetes is.

“Deesdae kan jy ’n insulienpomp en -monitor kry wat deurlopend insulien aan jou liggaam verskaf en wat jou suiker ook heeltyd meet. Dit word basies ’n goed-bestuurde stelsel waar jou suikervlakke baie effektief en gesond bestuur word. Ongelukkig het ek besef dat, hoewel die meeste siekefondse (myne ingesluit) dit wel as ’n voordeel op het, hulle dit nie sommer goedkeur nie. Dus is dit vir my hartseer dat die effektiewe bestuur van diabetes nog nie werklik in ons land deur die siekefondse bevorder of werklik aanbeveel word nie,” sê Nico.

Aanvaarding

Hy sê dat mense wat met diabetes gediagnoseer word nie bekommerd hoef te raak nie.

“Vir my is dit nie die einde van die wêreld nie. As jy dit aanvaar en jou eetgewoontes effens verander, is meer as die helfte van die geveg al gewonne.” meen hy. .Besoek www.diabetessa.co.za of skakel 011-886-3765 vir meer inligting oor diabetes.

 

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A new generation of university beckons

NEXT week it is again time for the Annual South African Technology Network’s (SATN) conference. This year it will be hosted in Bloemfontein by the Central University of Technology, Free State.

Each year this conference draws top academics from the Universities of Technology in South Africa and also internationally.

This year the conference theme is Curriculum Transformation at Universities of Technology towards the development of new generation universities and some of the top academics in South Africa will attend and also present a number of peer reviewed papers surrounding this topic.

The conference will also inform representatives of government departments and public institutions of research and technological contributions, composition of educational programmes and expertise available at Universities of Technology in Southern Africa. Member institutions of the SATN are: the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Central University of Technology, Free State, the Durban University of Technology, the Mangosuthu University of Technology, the Tswane University of Technology, the Vaal University of Technology and also the Polytechnic of Namibia.

The latest resource that the SATN has made available is for anyone who needs access to sophisticated scientific or technological infrastructure. The Database of Technologies and Services provides detailed information about such access. Universities of Technology are on the cutting edge of technological advances and through this network you can now access these resources.

If you have children who will start their studies next year or even in two years time, I recommend that you visit their website at www.satn.co.za or contact them at satn@cut.ac.za to get information about options that are available to you at the member universities and the courses that they offer.

Your techno shopping list

IT is time for you to start planning your Christmas shopping list. With the cost of presents these days, your should have started to plan months ago.

Let us take a look at some of the great technological gifts that you can give this year. I will not give long explanations, just some ideas that you can consider and research.

If you are thinking of spending R5000 plus on a special someone, I would consider an iPad 2 to be the best gift this year. You will not be sorry that you bought it. This gift is ideal for your husband or wife, not to mention the student who will be off to study next year.

The prices of digital photo frames have dropped quite a bit and if you have someone in your life who loves photos this will be the perfect gift. This is an ideal gift for mothers and also grandparents.

If you have book lovers in your family you should consider buying one of a number of eBook readers. The prices of these devices have dropped considerably and the Kindle is now also available in South Africa. You will save loads of money on book purchases if you buy them in digital format. This gift is for all members of the family.

As you can see my list consist mainly of digital content devices, due to the fact that they are becoming such a major part of our lives it is time for us to get them now. I did not include the iPhone 4S in this list because I believe it to be a device that most of us will get on contract.

Happy shopping!

Diabetes 101

WE are in the middle of International Diabetes Month. In November, many organisations work hard to raise awareness of what diabetes is and how it can be managed.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and I must say that whenever people hear you have diabetes they immediately think you only have minutes of your life left.

The problem with this is that people do not realise the vast number of technological advances that have been made in the past few years.

Through the use of the insulin pump, insulin is more effective and the management and process of administering the doses is easier.

I am currently investigating the use of an insulin pump and it is amazing how through the use of wireless technologies and the use of Bluetooth, your sugar levels are continuously monitored and doses are calculated and administered automatically.

Your levels are also automatically transferred to your computer, where a software program makes it possible for you to monitor your levels throughout the weeks and months.

I am in the process of reading about the pumps available to us in South Africa and I will report back to you about my findings.

There are many websites online that I can recommend but with it being diabetes month and Diabetes Day on 14 November I would like to recommend www.worlddiabetesday.org for more information about diabetes.

You can also visit the local website www.asweetlifemag.co.za which is one of many local diabetes websites. Get the facts about diabetes today..

 

Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za or visit www.nicobaird.com

Find the perfect job online

ARE you leaving school at the end of the year? Are you about to write your final exams and you need to start thinking about a career after years of school or tertiary education?

You probably did not think that far ahead yet, but you will need to start looking for a job. With the high unemployment rate in South Africa it is vital that you grab hold of every single opportunity that comes your way.

You also need to not only look for work in your town or city, but also in other provinces and countries. The first few steps that your really need to follow to find that perfect job is to compile a comprehensive CV or portfolio.

Have it typed neatly and make sure that you have no spelling errors. Make sure that you have it in an electronic format. Best would be to have it in both Word format and also an Adobe pdf format.

Now make sure that you upload your CV to at least two or three online career websites. There are such a large number of these sites that I think going to Google and registering on as many as possible is the right step. Now search for jobs on each of these networks and apply.

You are not finished yet. Now you have to go to www.linkedin.com and register your professional profile on the network. This is a professional network which is for profes-sionals and if you use it wisely you will find scouts and scouts will find you.

Always keep your CV up to date and also your professional online profile current and reflecting the real you. Good luck..

Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za or visit www.nicobaird.com.