Ordinarily a subject line like 'science and health' would be followed with a note about how science was doing good things for health, or how we understood more about health because of some recent research. Instead, it's time for some reflections about looking from a scientific perspective at health issues that you might have. Two things prompt this. One, you're unsurprised to hear, is that I'm having a nuisance that has contributed to not being here. The other was email I received recently about running with diabetes. On the latter, it's important to note that you can run with diabetes. You have to be more thoughtful and attentive about it than the usual beginner. But it can be done. That article was written by a runner with diabetes (Rob Carr). The diabetes prompting him to start the running.
Whatever is at hand, you rapidly get taken to a chance to think scientifically. My take being, remember, that science is about understanding the natural world. Your body is a pretty important part of your natural world. A different aspect of the consideration is that I think science, and thinking scientifically, enrich your life. At least it does mine, and I think it's for reasons you can share.
I confess at the moment one of the attractions of the science is distraction from my body. What happened is that I caught something in my eye. Blown hard enough that it scratched the cornea. It turns out that a scratched cornea is very painful, so looking at the anatomy and physiology of the eye is helpful for distracting me from that. (Seriously: One thing that helps with pain management is aiming your attention hard on something else -- reading books, knitting, your left big toe (assuming that the pain is somewhere else, maybe the right.))
It turns out that there is very little guidance on exercising with diabetes. So you have to do your own experimentation to understand what's going on and what you need to do, what you can get away with doing, and what you definitely cannot do. It's imperative because exercise is an important part of managing diabetes, particularly adult-onset diabetes.
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