You're Not Gonna Believe This...

By JDCA2025 Latest Reply 2011-09-26 20:59:04 -0500
Started 2011-09-24 10:41:18 -0500

Hey everyone,

Saw this and had to share it. It's an article by Riva Greenberg, who previously wrote a long essay on diabetes that got TONS of comments.

The problem? Nearly all the comments talking about diabetes were WRONG and written by DIABETICS themselves.

In this article, she dissects the comments and the general ignorance surrounding them. You absolutely MUST read it.

13 replies

mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-09-24 15:07:23 -0500 Report

You know that sometimes even the Diabetic Educators don't know everything. I recently went for what I called a "refresher" course at the local Diabetic Ed Center. I've gastric bypass and was confused about how to get the protein I need and still stay withing the type 1 guide lines.I've been told that I'm a "brittle diabetic" which makes is even harder to control my sugar. Well, after about 20 minutes of talking, both the educator and nurse told me that I probably know more than they do and that they didn't know how to help me except to eat peanut butter!! Since then I've tried to use protein bars and protein drinks more between meals, but it's still hard. I've come to realize that I need to educate myself more and not rely on the people who are suppose to know.

JDCA2025 2011-09-26 20:23:57 -0500 Report

It's true that most diabetic educators don't know everything, and that getting your information solely from one or another may prove faulty. However, my main issue with the article was that it seemed people with a disease had not really researched the ins-and-outs of their own illness thoroughly. That astounds me—how can you not take control and gain knowledge for something you yourself suffer from?

As you say, self-education is key as opposed to becoming reliant on people who are supposed to know but quite frankly, may not.

jayabee52 2011-09-26 20:57:48 -0500 Report

Until I came on this site 3 years ago this month, I was one of those PWDs who was like what you said. I only had partial knowledge (not that I omnicient now). I didn't know a lot of things, and I think I'd still be using insulin to try to control my BG levels and eating badly had I not been on DC. The various discussions here on DC (even those in which I do not participate) get me thinking and researching and I am a better PWD for it, I believe.

Dixiemom 2011-09-24 14:39:18 -0500 Report

A very interesting article. I couldn't believe some of the things I was reading. Education, Education, Education. If in doubt, look it up. It soounds as if some are still living in the dark ages.

dietcherry 2011-09-24 11:28:32 -0500 Report

Id really like to see the rest of the posts! Being T1, I had some misconceptions about T2 before joining here, too. I also thought T2 could be cured so I cant judge anyone elses misconceptions-I had just never educated myself about the "other" diabetes! lol

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 11:38:23 -0500 Report

I was sent to a dietician many years ago to get an eating plan to lose weight. I lost a pound a day and more. While following that meal plan I also developed type 2. She never asked my ethnic background. She had me on a high carb low fat diet with only having meat (4 oz) 3 or 4 times a week. Because I am blonde she did not know I am 1/4 Native American. Maybe she did not know what this plan could do to people in different ethnic groups. It is not just diabetics that do not understand diabetic basics it is also many professionals including drs from what I have read here in some of the posts.

dietcherry 2011-09-24 11:50:06 -0500 Report

Wow what a crappy diet she put you on! I have found that those who've never had a brush with D, be it themselves or in a family member or loved one, know very little about it. And thats to be expected. We need more education cuz if I remember correctly, its the fastest growing public health threat? See-I just made my own point! More education needed! lol
Gosh I just remembered something I wanted to share: I STILL have people ask me if I got D from eating too much sugar as a child! ;)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 12:28:10 -0500 Report

On that note Cherry please remember that it used to be called Sugar Diabetes. My grandmother had type 1 maybe but back in the 50's who knew. I cannot remeber even if she took insulin pilles or anything. I know she was a whiz at baking with Sweet 10. Us oldsters might be associating our diabetes with how it was treated in the old days. Yes we need education classes more available and support groups.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 12:29:11 -0500 Report

Oh yes the DC site has sent me to googling many many times and I have learned so much here but many have not found DC yet.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 11:07:16 -0500 Report

I thought the comments in that article were funny. Most of the people here would not make statements like the comments she refuted.

JDCA2025 2011-09-24 11:25:04 -0500 Report

I thought some were amusing, but on the whole, I was saddened by how little people knew about THEIR OWN disease. And yes, you're right, thankfully no one here would say anything like this.