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I'm a newbie and wanted to send a big, encouraging hello to everyone. I'm so glad that there's forums like this for people to learn, share, and connect with each other. I'm currently in school studying to be a naturopath, and have 2 dads (step and birth) who were both diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My step-father was diagnosed in December of '07 and within 3 months he was off all prescription meds. He was stubborn and chose the "I'll show my doctor a thing or two!" method ;) (Basically, that means he did everything "right"...exercise, no more Little Debbie snack cakes, etc.) My mom and I were both glad that something good finally came of that stubborn streak...lol. My birth father on the other hand refuses to make any changes at ALL. As a result, his health continues to decline which really saddens me :( but I try to offer as much love and support and encouragement as I'm able to. He lives in another state so it's harder to have a good influence on him. Thank you all for being open and sharing your stories! It's wonderful to be a part of this group :)

Blessings!
Holly
 

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Holly, are you here to get help for your Dads?
Hi Richard,

Yes, I'm here to get encouragement and ideas for how to help my birth father. I haven't been able to inspire him to make any changes in his diet or lifestyle, and as a result his health continues to decline. (He eats the worst of the worst foods and refuses to make any concessions whatsoever :( ). I also am here to share my step-father's story. He's a type 2 diabetic that was able to get off all medication through diet and exercise. I see so many people (like my birth father) who are suffering because they don't believe that they have the power to affect their condition. I'm in school studying to be a naturopath so for me this is also experience getting to know and understand how people are personally affected. When I'm finished with school (which won't be for a few years) I plan on treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. I'm passionate about helping people.

Thanks for asking! :)
 

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Hello and Welcome Holly :D, We welcome you to get the answers and have fun with us. My father is a type 2 also and he said that he will beat this, Well he had to eat his words. I am a type 1 with a lot of experience and still get a lot of help here. ;)
 

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Hi Peter!

Thanks for the warm welcome :) Lucky for my mother and I, my step-dad was able to beat his with diet and exercise...God forbid he EVER be proven wrong! :eek: ;) They say your best qualities can also be your worst qualities...and my dad's stubborness is the absolute proof in the pudding. ;) Right now I'm working on my birth father who is much less determined. He's stubborn in a completely different way! At least I finally got him to switch from sweet n low (which has toxic aspartame) to stevia for his tea and coffee. I'm not diabetic, but I personally use only stevia. It's an all natural sweetener that you can find in most health food stores. I love it! :)

Hello and Welcome Holly :D, We welcome you to get the answers and have fun with us. My father is a type 2 also and he said that he will beat this, Well he had to eat his words. I am a type 1 with a lot of experience and still get a lot of help here. ;)
 

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Yeah it is. It frustrates the heck outta me! I love my dad but he can be a real stinker sometimes...lol. It's interesting to see how different my dad and step dad have handled similar situations. My mom must've been destined to deal with this one way or the other ;)
It is really hard to watch that happen.
 
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