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Old 01-16-2012, 00:33   #1
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My sister came over today and in the course of conversation she said "Well your not a full blown diabetic, your just a 'two diabetic'. I explained to her that most diabetics are type two and that with an A1c of 10.5 I am most certainly a 'full blown diabetic'. She didn't know what an A1c is, and didn't seem to care. She explained that since I don't have to take shots I am not really a diabetic. She thinks I am a hypochondriac, which, by the way, she is. I just let it drop for the sake of peace in the family. The ignorance is frustrating. Since I was diagnosed only a month ago I have come to realize that many otherwise intelligent people know nothing of diabetes, but I didn't expect that from my own family.

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I was dx'd with an HbA1c of well over 10, similar to yours. Since I am fairly thin lots of people don't believe I am a diabetic , either. My oldest daughter who is 31 got into a heated discussion with me about it. She felt I over exaggerate my diabetes and need to eat low carb. I think the general public, family members included are extremely uneducated about diabetes. Tell your sister to read Blood Sugar 101 if she really wants to know what diabetes is.

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This sounds much like a discussion my 47 yr old daughter and I had this spring. Oh, well, so I'm a dieter, and not diabetic; she'll learn as she gains more age. She and her best friend are on the road there. She runs or walks fast a couple of miles a day and when her knees wear out, she'll learn better, maybe or hopefully maybe not! They made fun of me when I told them the ADA diet causes them to eat too many carbs. Couldn't believe me.

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:15   #4
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I have many diabetic friends & family members. It amazes me the lack of interest people have in their own health & condition. Fully knowing that I have excellent control, better research and knowledge doesn't stop many of them, making their own educated remarks. Sometimes I argue, sometimes I just smile & let it be.

I can do what I can do, the rest is up to them.

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People have no idea it's ten times harder to be a diet controlled diabetic than be on insulin. Even with pills, it's very hard. I was relieved to start insulin.

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People have no idea it's ten times harder to be a diet controlled diabetic than be on insulin. Even with pills, it's very hard. I was relieved to start insulin.
I want to take a mild exception to the idea that diet is harder than using insulin. Yes, it's harder if your pancreas doesn't make eough insulin and your diet doesn't do the job without making extreme sacrifices in quality of meals. BUT, if diet doesn't have to be too extreme and does the job, it isn't really that hard. YMMV

Meds and insulin are tools for controlling BG - as is diet. One should use what is needed. I don't see it as a challenge, but as a journey.

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Actually with all the "ifs" you gave, I'd say controlling with diet is much easier not to mention safer than controlling with insulin. Insulin requires a LOT of accuracy, calculating doses, eating food in the right amounts and at the right time. Errors in any of these can cause highs which obviously are damaging and even extreme lows which are even more harmful and can even be deadly. There is no such danger for a T2 controlling with diet alone.

Personally, I'll use insulin if I have to but ONLY then. I'll never use any oral meds.

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I want to take a mild exception to the idea that diet is harder than using insulin. Yes, it's harder if your pancreas doesn eat't make eough insulin and your diet doesn't do the job without making extreme sacrifices in quality of meals. BUT, if diet doesn't have to be too extreme and does the job, it isn't really that hard. YMMV

Meds and insulin are tools for controlling BG - as is diet. One should use what is needed. I don't see it as a challenge, but as a journey.

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I am type 1, but often meet people who know someone type 2 who doesnt care what they eat at all
Since my insulin doesnt work properly, I have to be extreme strict how many carbo I eat in addition to take shots.
When I tell someone "no thanks, but I cant eat/drink that since I`m diabetic" they tell me diabetes is a piece of cake and they know people which eat cakes, candy and chocolate every day, and I`m just trying to make my self interesting
I then just smile and starts to talk about other stuff. I have not the energy to convince them what a person with diabetes eat, either he/she has type 1 or 2, is really important.

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Well, darn it, you are interesting as it is, Optimist!

I have several friends who are diabetic and manage theirs differently than I do with lots of meds and eat as you say so it is confusing to the general population. In fact, one of them is a nurse.




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I have several friends who are diabetic and manage theirs differently than I do with lots of meds and eat as you say so it is confusing to the general population. In fact, one of them is a nurse.
A couple people I know well do this - and are following their doctor's advice in doing so - who now have lost some feeling in their feet. One is a young woman - well, young to me - probably in her mid-forties. This is very sad, especially so because neither are willing to even think about changing their diet.

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