Saturday, July 17, 2021


Einstein has little to say about diabetes. Or maybe he does, in addressing questions like how we come to solutions.

Deric Bownds, an emeritus biology professor at the University of Wisconsin, has reposted some quotes from Einstein, and those concerning how we solve problems could apply to anyone trying to decipher the very complex disease we call diabetes. For instance,

"I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me."

Our brains keep working on problems even when we're not consciously thinking about them, one reason for the old adage "sleep on it." The problem that seemed unsolvable when you went to bed is clearer when you wake up.

Deric and I were teaching fellows in an introductory biology lab many eons ago. 

Anyone with diabetes has to solve many problems every day. "Should I eat that?" "How much should I eat?" "Can I skip my daily walk if I'm going to be roaming the aisles of the gigantic supermarket?" "Are there many carbs in that dish a friend is serving me, and is it impolite to ask?"

Maybe we need to spend more time swimming in silence.