Katie: Welcome back to Pass the Blame. We’re here with special guests Muscle and Brain. Brain? Where’d you go?
Brain: I’m hungry. I’m looking for a snack. I want a donut.
Katie: I’m glad you brought that up, Brain. Your blood glucose level is high right now, so the last thing you need is sugar.
Brain: Perhaps a cookie or two.
Katie: You want sugar because your cells are starving for energy and they’re sending you signals that they need food, but the glucose that gives them energy is there, it’s just stuck in the blood. The insulin keys aren’t working to unlock the cells and let the glucose in.
Brain: I read about this.
Katie: Yes, you probably did. You’ve been handed lots of pamphlets on type two diabetes recently.
Brain: It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it?
Katie: Yes, I suppose, but you are the brain; I’m sure you can handle it.
Brain: Yeah, maybe. *yawn*
Muscle: Brain, I need to move more! Let’s go for a walk.
Brain: I’m sorry, Muscle, I’m too tired. Maybe tomorrow.
Muscle: You always say that.
Katie: Come on, Brain, you’re in charge here and Body needs to make some changes.
Kidney 1: We need you to take action.
Kidney 2: You need to fix this!
Katie: We’ve been, um, joined by the Kidney Twins. Welcome, ladies.
Brain: Me? Fix this? I’m having enough trouble keeping up with my regular duties. If you want me to take on a special project, I need down time. I need sleep.
Muscle: You get sleep!
Brain: Not the good kind. You all keep waking me up! If our blood glucose level goes down, Stomach is hungry. If our blood glucose level goes up, Bladder has to pee. Foot’s going nuts when neuropathy hits her and on top of that, now we have sleep apnea. Every few minutes Lung 1 and Lung 2 wake me up screaming, “We’re dying! We have no air! Oh, wait, we’re okay now.” It’s driving me crazy.
Muscle: I can help if you let me.
Brain: I’m tired.
Muscle: Well, push though it and let me move! Exercise helps you sleep better.
Kidney 1: It’ll help control the blood glucose level too.
Katie: Exercise or sleep?
Kidney 1: Both.
Brain: You know, Kidneys, keeping the blood glucose levels controlled will help me sleep better.
Kidney 2: Guess what, Brain: better sleep will help control the blood glucose level.
Pancreas: It’s a cycle, people. Pick a launching point and jump in already! I can’t keep on like this.
Katie: Oh, okay, now Pancreas has barged her way into the studio as well. Um, welcome Pancreas.
Brain: Why are you all looking at me?
Pancreas: Because all neurons lead to Rome!
Kidney 2: The cerebellum stops here.
Muscle: You give the orders, so you order some changes, dude!
Katie: Okay, ladies, let’s all calm down. Remember your blood pressure. If you all work together, you can manage your diabetes and Body can still have a long healthy life.
Pancreas: What do we do first?
Katie: Well, Muscle is offering to exercise. Exercise will help Brain sleep better and will help regulate your blood glucose level by removing some glucose from the blood without insulin’s help.
Brain: Okay, fine. Muscle, you can walk or something.
Muscle: I want thirty minutes a day.
Brain: What? You’re crazy!
Katie: You’ll get more blood flow and feel more awake.
Brain: Hmm, tempting. What else?
Katie: Well, you can lose weight. Being overweight increases your risk of type two diabetes.
Brain: I refuse to spend my valuable neurons counting the calories in rice cakes and cookie crumbs.
Katie: It doesn’t have to be that extreme. Start by eating smaller portions of what you eat now. Drink water instead of juice or soda so you don’t drink your calories. Make simple changes, one step at a time. You know, there’s a strong link between belly fat and diabetes. Losing even 7% of your—
Brain: Wait a minute. If we get rid of Belly Fat, this diabetes thing could all go away?
Katie: It’s not that simple, but it would really help if—
Brain: Come on, girls! This is Belly Fat’s fault! Let’s get her!
Katie: Ladies! Ladies, come back! We, um, we’ll be right back. I hope. Wait for me!