Are you a drug user and a diabetic?

Hi everyone –

Long time no chat -I apologise, I will not let next year be as slow as this one for blogging, my apologies friends. Today, however, I wanted to let you all know about a really great booklet we have discovered that is free to download and it’s really useful, non-hysterical info for people who are or who know drug users who are also diabetics. Its about managing diabetes when you are an active drug user – something that must actually be very difficult when you consider needing to take meds, needing to eat/avoid certain foods, trying to look after your health when you might not feel like it – or can’t manage it coz you might have other things on your mind, etc.

I really think any diabetic will appreciate this booklet -its full of really interesting information and things I didn’t know anything about. I added a final note at the end of this blog -I felt inspired to do so, so check it out if you fancy it.

(Here is a link to the booklet -repeated at the end of this blog)

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Here are a few quotes direct from the booklet and above and below are the links to download the booklet.

The intro goes like this….“Managing diabetes can be difficult to balance with a busy lifestyle or partying. All drug use carries risk. We know that there are people who are diabetic who will choose to take drugs. So we want to highlight some things that can help you to reduce the risk if you do.  This information was written by Dr Disorderly – PhD Neuroscience and Immunology. We also collaborated with people who have diabetes and experience of taking drugs.”

Here are some of the tips inside the booklet….

“Eat a meal of long acting carbohydrates before going out.
These include: bread, potatoes, high fibre cereal, oats.
If you are going out for the day remember to eat regular meals – if
food is missed there is a greater chance of a hypo (hypoglycaemic
episode*)

“….Alcohol may cause blood sugars to rise in the short term but                                        will increase the risk of a hypo after the party…”

“….If you are going to a rave or long festival, make sure you
stock up on plenty of sugary drinks and fast acting
carbohydrates to keep in your locker, bag, car or tent…”

“…Never miss insulin doses, however, be extra careful
with taking insulin at the end of the night or just before
going to bed as you are already at risk of having a
hypo from dancing/drinking.  In this circumstance, many
people with diabetes will take a reduced dose of
insulin before consuming food and only take a
correction dose if sugar levels are very high, in which
case, they only take a small dose. Ensure that there is a
glucagon kit in the house and that people know how/when
to use it …”

“…Cannabis can lower your blood sugar levels suddenly so make                                       sure you have some fast acting carbohydrates nearby.

And on depressants…. “Avoid eating sugar /carbs to combat lethargy while taking depressant drugs – it could just be the effects of these drugs. Drugs like valium/xanax and can affect your judgement and you might forget to take insulin. Again, set alarms to check your levels and avoid falling asleep without eating carbs. Be aware of taking depressants – it may be difficult for you to recognise the symptoms of a hypo or for others to realise you are experiencing a hypo…”

And even about ketamine, God bless ’em! “The effects of ketamine can mask the signs of a hypo and reduce your ability to treat yourself. If you choose to take ketamine it is essential to check your sugar levels first – especially if it is a big
dose. Set alarms to remind you to check throughout the time you are
taking it as the effects of ketamine could make you forget…”

This is a handy booklet to know about – for drug workers, GPs, drug users, friends and lovers of diabetics and, of course drug using diabetics -especially for those who know little about managing their condition in drug using situations. That must get hard and is worth spending some time really thinking about and researching though I imagine this may be the ONLY booklet out there on this very issue of drug using and diabetes.

Well done to the guys who produced it –  Crew: mind altering  (also known as Crew2000 and Crew25). These dudes have been around in the UK for a LONG time now and have always produced good information and have lots of great stuff on psychedelics and stimulants. Well worth a visit.

Heres how you can download their booklet: Click here.

One last word on the subject of our health as active drug users: It’s really important to learn about your own body and how it reacts to taking illicit drugs; ie -do certain drugs make you forget to medicate, do certain foods work better at keeping your levels correct (ie like for how long etc, remember this to list it as a food to take before partying, for example). Like people who have seizures, keeping a diary and noting down what has been really good at keeping you well, while also noting what you did when it goes wrong for you -did you miss sleep, what drugs did you take, what foods did you eat and when etc. Take your control back and learn how to live with your illness like a pro. Tell us about your experiences of being a diabetic and a drug user. We think this booklet is great -we need more thinking like this -looking at our health even though we are active drug users. Because WE want to know! We do care about our health (despite how it might look to some) and we want to stay safe when we use our drugs! I know because of all the thousands of enquiries this website gets each month – the top 3 looked at topics looked at every single month year on year are ALWAYS; drug-related seizures, overdoses and abscesses -and, ok, there is how to freebase coke as well that is always rolling about in the top 3 or 4 as well! Well, we are drug users! Yet even that is saying – how do we get the shit out of our cocaine and make it purer. That tells me more of the same -we want to learn how to make better choices whenever we can. We might not always manage it -or even want to -but our good intentions are there and knowledge is power -the more we learn, the more able we become to make those choices as soon as the opportunity arises. Sleep well comrades, stay safe.

 

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