Diabetes Myths2

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-01-17 12:49:33 -0600
Started 2012-01-14 23:47:58 -0600

A quiz from diabetes life to see if you are a diabetes mythbuster: Here ~


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Young1s 2012-01-15 10:23:04 -0600 Report

8 of 10. The two I missed were answers that I knew better on but for some reason didn't trust my instincts.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-15 07:48:53 -0600 Report

10 of 10 right. The question of diabetes blues was an educated guess.
This question about handling diabetes blues was a bit ambiguous. dLife seems to define “blues” as chronic depression which I don’t feel is right. You can be “blue” and get over it by yourself. You can be “blue” for a few hours or even days and get over it by yourself. Something as simple as watching a TV program or a good meal or remembering a joke or reading a post in DC or even just a deep breath can overcome the “blues”. Everybody has a pity party for themselves now and then. Being “blue” or “down” occasionally is quite normal. It is the nature of human beings (all human beings including those who do not suffer from a chronic illness).
When the “blues” go on for weeks or months and affect our lives and personality is when we need help and support to overcome them. dLife needs not to use such a broad brush to paint a picture of the handling diabetes blues.

door331 2012-01-15 06:52:34 -0600 Report

Haha that was amusing— I got 1 wrong about walking barefoot in your house… I am not sure if this is because I am in my 20s and the test is for a different age group or what but there is no way that walking barefoot is a risk for me— that's is the only answer I will disagree with on this test.

Caroltoo 2012-01-15 12:53:46 -0600 Report

I feel the same way, but the point is that if your feet have impared feeling and you don't know that, it can be dangerous. As long as I can feel with my feet, I, too, will go barefoot.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-15 07:48:16 -0600 Report

You are young but don't be foolish. The quiz was meant for everybody who has diabetes regardless of age. A cut on the bottom can lead to complications and potential amputation problems. You may not even know your foot is cut due to nerve damage (that you may not know you have). You are young but you are diabetic and no matter how well you have the disease under control you can suffer all the same risks as everybody else who has this condition. A wound on the bottom of the foot can take months of treatment to heal (if it can be healed) with the risk of infection that will affect your entire body.
Please do not be foolish, irresponsible. I would dread reading your post when you have foot problems. Remain healthy and whole and be with us for many more years.

door331 2012-01-15 11:54:29 -0600 Report

Oh I agree no one should be foolish but I just think that this was suppose to debunk diabetes myths— not spread them. An endo should be doing foot checks when you see them every 3mo and check for nerve damage. On top of that, it is true circulation is reduced at our feet and healing will be reduced but with proper control of your BG it should heal just fine.

Also, I want to point out that it is important to keep your feet dry as well. Wearing shoes that do not get good ventilation, such as boots, all day can lead to sores or in my case a couple years ago a cellulitis infection! Cellulitis is very painful and spreads fast- I was in the hospital for four days fighting the infection.

So there you have it— keep those feet protected but don't keep them smothered!

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