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olia 10-15-2014 16:43

Questions often asked
 
Having been a type 1 diabetic for many years, I have had many questions about the condition from people who are curious about it.
I try to educate people. Sometimes, however, I have to giggle at some of the misperceptions of diabetes and some of the odd questions I have been asked.
For example, one lady once asked me if I had the 'good' type or the 'bad' type of diabetes. Another offered the information that I must have been an overweight child when I was diagnosed (I, in fact, was underweight).
So, whenever I can try to take the time to educate people because I am finding many don't understand the nature of our condition and the complications that can come along with it.
My favourite comment was, 'but you don't look diabetic".

gotsomeold 10-15-2014 20:08

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Originally Posted by olia (Post 721233)
..... 'but you don't look diabetic".

Oh, I may have damaged something reacting to that one! Thank goodness I swallowed the coffee before I read it.

My personal fave was at a family luncheon. My sister said, "I know why you didn't eat the potato or the bread. But why aren't you having dessert?"

John.in.France 10-15-2014 20:18

Just after I was diagnosed, we had the neighbours round for dinner and Judy was aware that Jean-Luc was, like me, diabetic. What she didn't allow for was that he and his wife were sold on the official line. Anyway, Jean-Luc refused a small serving of carrots as they were too high on the glycaemic scale but had a second portion of gateau since that was factored into his medication assumptions. Neither he nor his wife could see the illogicality of his choices :(.

macksvicky 10-15-2014 20:18

A few years ago, I mentioned to a "doctor" that there is a long line of female diabetics on my father's side of the family, his question was "are they all fat too?" The nerve!!!! he looked like the Pillsbury dough boy himself. And no, only one aunt is large, almost 400 pounds and she's one of the few that DOESN'T have diabetes, all the rest are and were slim. Go figure! I can still remember the look on his face when I answered his question and added a little something special just for him to think about !!!

smorgan 10-16-2014 08:48

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Originally Posted by macksvicky (Post 721553)
A few years ago, I mentioned to a "doctor" that there is a long line of female diabetics on my father's side of the family, his question was "are they all fat too?" The nerve!!!! he looked like the Pillsbury dough boy himself. And no, only one aunt is large, almost 400 pounds and she's one of the few that DOESN'T have diabetes, all the rest are and were slim. Go figure! I can still remember the look on his face when I answered his question and added a little something special just for him to think about !!!

I don't see that as anything to get offended about. Perhaps he was just "gathering data" or checking actual facts against the general information and statistics in his head.

The rate of obesity among T2 diabetics is 80% after all and that's way over twice (or three times?) the rate in the population at large. I would just answer his question and let him add it to his knowledge.

We all know it's a correlation and not a terribly tight one at that. Nonetheless, the situation with your aunts is way out in the tail of the bell curve, statistically speaking. Quite a large majority of T2s overall are obese.

Shalynne 10-16-2014 09:08

Well, I'd tend to take "Are they fat, too?" personally. At the very least, there are far more tactful ways to gather that data ... if, indeed, that was his intent.

In my family, we tend toward plump, but not obese. Some are rail-thin. No obesity until my generation, which had 2 obese, or formerly obese, diabetics. Body shape doesn't matter for us. Diabetes is gonna happen, sooner or later -- unless (maybe) we start on LCHF from a very early age -- which has not been tried, so there is no guarantee. To this day, no medical professional would recommend preemptive adoption of LCHF.

This is part of my ongoing contention that there is more than one "Type 2."

Bree 10-16-2014 13:57

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Originally Posted by smorgan (Post 722074)
I don't see that as anything to get offended about. Perhaps he was just "gathering data" or checking actual facts against the general information and statistics in his head.

The rate of obesity among T2 diabetics is 80% after all and that's way over twice (or three times?) the rate in the population at large. I would just answer his question and let him add it to his knowledge.

We all know it's a correlation and not a terribly tight one at that. Nonetheless, the situation with your aunts is way out in the tail of the bell curve, statistically speaking. Quite a large majority of T2s overall are obese.


Ugh, true... I hate this post! :)

Bree 10-16-2014 14:02

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Originally Posted by Shalynne (Post 722106)
Well, I'd tend to take "Are they fat, too?" personally. At the very least, there are far more tactful ways to gather that data ... if, indeed, that was his intent.

In my family, we tend toward plump, but not obese. Some are rail-thin. No obesity until my generation, which had 2 obese, or formerly obese, diabetics. Body shape doesn't matter for us. Diabetes is gonna happen, sooner or later -- unless (maybe) we start on LCHF from a very early age -- which has not been tried, so there is no guarantee. To this day, no medical professional would recommend preemptive adoption of LCHF.

This is part of my ongoing contention that there is more than one "Type 2."

Wait,.. what? More than one type 2? I know there are blends of type 2s, such as the shades of gray within insulin resistance and autoimmune within type 2. Is that what you mean?

And this is my hope, to get my family to adopt LCHF from childhood. There is just no other way to avoid diabetes in my family without it. I find it to be extremely healthy and well-balanced if one takes the care to do that. It can be done. I've always been a trailblazer, placing more importance on posterity than present. I don't know how I got wired that way, but here I am. :/

gotsomeold 10-16-2014 15:37

Oh, I suspect medical science will eventually find several very different underlying causes that all result in the metabolic mess we call T2. I think that is what Shalynne means when she says there are different kinds of T2.

(Don't worry smorgan, I also believe kludged up, rarely cleaned up, struggling cells are going to be one of the causes ... quite likely the majority cause...of T2 diabetes and a whole lot of other medical problems.)

Shalynne 10-16-2014 21:33

Yes, I do believe there are various underlying causes behind Type 2 -- among them, I believe that some are born with such a strong genetic tendency that they're essentially pre-diabetic from birth.

This may, in fact, be the sole legitimate use for the term "pre-diabetic" -- to describe a person who, for whatever reason, is strongly predisposed toward developing diabetes, but who has not yet shown outward signs of poor glucose control.

Even if I'd had any way of knowing, I may well have developed diabetes despite lifelong LCHF, but if I'd been forewarned and diligent (taking steps that actually work), my diagnosis would have come at a far earlier stage.

Additional environmental factors, as yet unknown, that result in other "Type 2s" may also wait to be revealed.

We already know about the changes in foods over the last half-century or more.

Once we find all of the causes ... perhaps sane preventions (e.g., LCHF from childhood, restricted use of certain chemicals, etc.) will go mainstream, on the grassroots level, if nowhere else.

I was born in the mid-50s, and our kid was born in the early 80s. He's not diabetic (yet), but I sorely wish I'd known then what I know now!


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