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Diabetes: Don't forget to laugh

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. December 21, 2011

Diabetes management is serious business, but every once in a while, you need a good laugh. You've probably heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine."

After a hearty laugh, have you noticed how good you feel? I feel more focused, alert and relaxed. Several research studies demonstrate that humor relieves stress and tension, decreases pain and often diffuses conflict. Humor reduces stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. You feel good after laughing because laughter releases endorphins, the "feel-good hormones" that promote an overall sense of well-being and help relieve pain.

I've recently read a few humorous diabetes-related stories from fellow bloggers. One man wrote that he had a sister who left her insulin needles on the floor of his car. He was stopped by a police officer for failure to stop at a stop sign. When the officer noticed the used needles on the floor, he pulled this poor guy out of the car. It took a call to the driver's sister and some convincing of the police officer before he was let go! (I don't recommend disposing of needles like that!)

Another woman recalled a story from when she was newly diagnosed with diabetes. Her classmates thought it was cool because she got to eat candy all day. So, she decided to share her glucose tabs with her friends. After they'd had all they wanted, she told them they were going to get "the trots." She had them fooled until she revealed that, no, they weren't going to get diarrhea. They didn't ask her for any treats after that!

I'm collecting humorous diabetes-related stories. Do you have one to share?

Have a good week.

Peggy

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Dec. 21, 2011