Jewels Doskicz, RN, is a freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. She and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.
Perhaps you have already joined the millions of people across the globe engaging with the wildly popular TED Talks on topics that speak to the varied aspects of our humanity.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and is the acronym for a non-profit organization with the slogan, "Ideas Worth Spreading." With more than 1,400 free TED Talks to view, odds are in your favor that you'll find one that resonates with you.
Each talk is unique and emanates from a global set of private conferences. You can choose to watch them on YouTube and TED.com, or read the transcript instead. I like watching best. They are an incredibly easy and rich resource to benefit from.
Why are TED Talks important?
Tim Bajarin sums it up well in Time: "TED has become a launching point for some interesting soul searching, creating within me a desire to learn more about things that matter outside of my own world."
Here are five TED Talks that may have special meaning for you as you deal with diabetes.
1. On finding happiness
The Surprising Science of Happiness—Dan Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist and author of Stumbling on Happiness. His Ted Talk breaks down our traditional thoughts on happiness with ideas that are applicable to everyone. He explains that it is possible to find happiness even when things don’t go as we would like—diabetes included.
2. On vulnerability
The Power of Vulnerability—Brené Brown is a vulnerability researcher who studies human connections. Her talk is fascinating on many levels, with subject matter that holds true for those of us living with diabetes. Brown reminds us that “Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” Perhaps this is why making connections with other people who have diabetes can be a life-altering experience.
3. On diet
Debunking the Paleo Diet—Dr. Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets and shares her opinions on the highly popular Paleo diet. This talk is especially interesting to me because this diet has been adopted by so many people with diabetes—whether it’s type 1 or type 2. See what you think!
4. On bodily changes
A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person—Olympic athlete Janine Shepherd, now a paraplegic after a tragic accident, reminds us, “You are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.” Her subject matter applies to all of us. We may have a broken pancreas, but diabetes isn’t a dream crusher.
5. On self-blame
Is the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?—Dr. Peter Attia challenges traditional thinking on diabetes. His personal and professional judgements changed after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes himself, leaving him to wonder which comes first—type 2 diabetes or obesity?
Self-blame runs strong in both the type 1 and type 2 diabetes communities. Dr. Attia shoots straight from the hip in this TED Talk—tell us what you think!
Don’t stop there!
If you like these talks, there are plenty more. Browse through them and find new ways of thinking that could help you deal with diabetes and just about any other issue you may face.
Do you have a favorite Ted Talk? Share with the community in the comments below.