If you’ve never heard of Tim Ferriss, you’re not alone. But you may have heard of some of his books, with the enticing, too-good-to-be-true titles like “The Four Hour Body” and “The Four Hour Workweek.” The titles are a bit misleading, in that not everything he describes takes four hours, but the basic principal of his work is “life hacks.” A “hack,” as you may have seen floating around an internet meme before is a simply another word for “shortcut.” Tim Ferriss has spent his life finding shortcuts to everything from losing weight to making money to hitting a three pointer every time. What’s interesting about him is that he tries all of these things on himself first, and blogs candidly about his results, including his experiments that don’t work.
Some of them I find totally ridiculous (he claims her can function on about two hours total of sleep, if that sleep is stretched out into the appropriate number of naps, each for calculated lengths….that sounds horrible to me.) But others, like his use of the “slow carb diet” for weight loss makes total sense to me (it’s actually the diet that many of us Type 1s have used for years – low to no carbs, lean meats, lots of veggies, no fruit. He also cuts out most dairy but allows for red wine…my kinda guy!). Overall his methodology is interesting and if you want to learn more about him just use the Google Machine. This post is not actually about Tim Ferriss, but this idea of “hacks.”
All of us with diabetes do things that make living with this disease easier, whether it’s concious or not. For example, the gross fact that I change the lancet like…twice a month…is a shortcut I didn’t intentionaly start out using. It’s just that it’s a pain in the neck to change the lancet and in 21 years with diabetes I’ve never had an infection or increased pain from re-using them. So it’s one thing I don’t do that often because in a way, I don’t find the recomended use of them to be efficient.
Other “diabetes hacks” could include re-upping your CGM sensor when it expires…same goes for infusion sites. These are ways to save a little money, save some time, avoid an annoying chore, or all three. “Diabetes hacks” are just the little shortcuts we take to “work more efficiently” in one way or another.
So my question is, what are YOUR diabetes hacks? What do you skip/manipulate/change SAFELY to make something about this disease easier?