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Old 04-16-2012, 15:03   #1
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Just some reflections when it comes to people in general and their views on diabetes and especially adequate diabetic diet. I´m familiar with a couple some years older than I am. I have told them about my low carb diet and that I quite regulary check my blood sugar levels.

Their reactions have been that I almost seem to have a religious faith when it comes to this low carb diet and that this diet is too unbalanced. I just need to have a more varied diet and that I put my health at risk. I also get the advice not to check my blood sugar regularly, cause this enslaves me so I get too fixed upon my health. The woman in the family points out that for her it would be impossible to hold on to this diet.

I just get frustrated. I´ve previously been there for dinner, but now I avoid it because they think I should be eating more of the food they make. What I need is just a little bit more of understanding, but sometimes it´s hard to get that.

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I hear ya loud and clear. Me and BH went to a picnic over Easter weekend. The lady cooking is a T2. Her menu was honey glazed ham, pasta salad, potato salad, pickled cukes (not same as pickles), and pineapple upside down cake with a pineapple syrup glaze.

Now I she was doing this and didn't know I was D I would mentally question why a D was cooking an eating this way, but she knows my situation AND WOE.

When I asked her why she didn't make more items I could eat she said she wanted to make sure I had enough carb choices *facepalm*

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I find it harder to eat with other people with diabetes, than to eat together with people not having diabetes.
Today I once more heard it is nothing to ne afraid of with spikes, because all the spikes and all the lows can give a nice A1c and thats what is important.
And way to many peole with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, actually belives it is important to eat carbs. They have been told they have to eat so or so many carbs to balance the insulin, instead of eating as we do.
But on the other hand it gives me a great pleasure each time some old-fashioned diabetics actualley realise I am not totally crazy even if I reduce my carbs and starts to reduce carbs just a little.

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I think we all have had the same experience with other diabetics. I blame a lot of this on doctors and dieticians. They tell their patients they can still eat everything just watch the portions. They also say if you are not on insulin you really don't need to test. So most type 2's have no idea what their bgs are after meals. I would guess they don't even know what a normal bg is. When I read Blood Sugar 101 5 years ago and realised all the complications that could come with keeping bgs higher than 140, I decided testing after meals was the least I could do to keep my toes, feet, legs, kidneys, heart and eyes.

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I agree with optimist. I find normal people easier to eat with than other diabetics. I find we eat so differently depending on meds or not that it causes much discomfort socially. It sure has made me more careful around them...

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I just like to point out that the woman in the family is not a diabetic. She just meant that if she got diabetes she wouldn´t eat like me. Her father on the other hand was a diabetic type 1 and diagnosed already in the 1930´s. Of course he was on insulin, but he also ate nearly all kinds of food. I think it´s hard for her to understand that I am a diabetic type 2 and that I just can´t eat everything and that a T1 also will get a better health by reducing the amount of carbs.

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That is one of the reasons I regard the people I chat with on here as "wavelength" friends because I do know other diabetics and they do not get me at all. My RL friends make the effort to try and understand though, even though they are not diabetic.

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That is one of the reasons I regard the people I chat with on here as "wavelength" friends because I do know other diabetics and they do not get me at all. My RL friends make the effort to try and understand though, even though they are not diabetic.
Now there's a moniker I can get to like in a hurry . . . "wavelength friends"!

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Just some reflections when it comes to people in general and their views on diabetes and especially adequate diabetic diet. I´m familiar with a couple some years older than I am. I have told them about my low carb diet and that I quite regulary check my blood sugar levels.

Their reactions have been that I almost seem to have a religious faith when it comes to this low carb diet and that this diet is too unbalanced. I just need to have a more varied diet and that I put my health at risk. I also get the advice not to check my blood sugar regularly, cause this enslaves me so I get too fixed upon my health. The woman in the family points out that for her it would be impossible to hold on to this diet.

I just get frustrated. I´ve previously been there for dinner, but now I avoid it because they think I should be eating more of the food they make. What I need is just a little bit more of understanding, but sometimes it´s hard to get that.
Some people just aren't supportive by nature. That doesn't necessarily make them bad people, it's just very uncommon for anyone to be able to truly walk in another's shoes and 'get' where they're coming from. Which is why groups like this form for people with similar interests or concerns.

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Some people just aren't supportive by nature. That doesn't necessarily make them bad people, it's just very uncommon for anyone to be able to truly walk in another's shoes and 'get' where they're coming from. Which is why groups like this form for people with similar interests or concerns.
Others may have walked in our shoes but it may have made their feet hurt.

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