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Old 08-09-2012, 14:05   #1
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I was in a store and got to talking with a clerk. I'm not sure now how the subject of diabetes got started; although I often say that I'm diabetic and have near normal blood sugar level from diet alon, thinking that if someone is interested, then they'll comment.

She did, and it turns out she has a doctor who told her she was borderline diabetic but didn't tell her anything else. But she does know about reducing carbs. So I told her about using a meter to test for foods that spike her blood sugar. She'd not heard of this, but was very interested.

When I left her she thanked me and said that I had probably saved her life. Wow!

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Good for you. You probably *did* save her life -- or her feet or eyesight.

As much as I thought I knew about diabetes from watching my father, who was T2, I didn't know a thing about meters, nor I was I told about them when diagnosed as "prediabetic" (hate that word). My doc just wrote out a scrip and sent me on my merry way. Thank goodness for my pharmacist daughter, who literally stood before the row of meters in the store and explained it all to me.

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I've tried to save quite a few lives. But it takes effort to not squirm when people tell me their blood sugars are in control, and then add that they are only around 275 now. They feel that, that is a marked improvement from 350 +/- 25 at diagnosis.

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I'm glad she was receptive. Over the years, I've talked about my diet and diabetes management techniques when asked, but even my doctor sort of starts looking bored. No one's really gotten much out of it.

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My SNL's stepfather is proud of the fact he can eat a half dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his BG doesn't go over 250 because of the new meds he is on. Did I mention he looks as if he swallowed 4-5 basketballs.

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My SNL's stepfather is proud of the fact he can eat a half dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his BG doesn't go over 250 because of the new meds he is on. Did I mention he looks as if he swallowed 4-5 basketballs.
I hate to say this, and I certainly don't mean no disrespect to you or yours, but that is just plain ignorance in play. As a diabetic, what is this man thinking when he eats half a dozen Krispy Kremes? Really?

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My SNL's stepfather is proud of the fact he can eat a half dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his BG doesn't go over 250 because of the new meds he is on. Did I mention he looks as if he swallowed 4-5 basketballs.
My friend's father thinks that way. If he can keep his blood sugar around 200, then he's "doing really well." I once had a barbecue at his house for the 4th and he ate 3 cheeseburgers with buns and ketchup, a pasta salad, and 2 pieces of cake with several scoops of vanilla ice cream. If I ate like that, I'd be pleased to only be at 200, too! He's obese and has such severe neuropathy in his feet that he can't drive anymore because he can't feel the pedals. He also can't see well or walk more than a couple feet without being out of breath.

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My friend's father thinks that way. If he can keep his blood sugar around 200, then he's "doing really well." I once had a barbecue at his house for the 4th and he ate 3 cheeseburgers with buns and ketchup, a pasta salad, and 2 pieces of cake with several scoops of vanilla ice cream. If I ate like that, I'd be pleased to only be at 200, too! He's obese and has such severe neuropathy in his feet that he can't drive anymore because he can't feel the pedals. He also can't see well or walk more than a couple feet without being out of breath.
Are these people not able to see cause and effect? Or does he think the neuropathy is "inevitable"?

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Are these people not able to see cause and effect? Or does he think the neuropathy is "inevitable"?
I think, my opinion here, that that is exactly the point. Many PWD at DX are told these things WILL happen so enjoy what ya got while ya got. I was told the same thing and was given less than 2 years before major complications would set in because of my DKA. Well, I chose not to listen to that doc and here we are close to my fist Diaverssary and I'm doing better than expected thanks to this place and LCHF.

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Are these people not able to see cause and effect? Or does he think the neuropathy is "inevitable"?
Different info, different priorities, different time horizons. Some people get bad info, and don't seek out any other info. Some people just love donuts. And for some people, any danger that isn't immediate - as in they're going to die tomorrow - isn't a priority.

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