wondering what common regrets people with diabetes have

By kayexcel Latest Reply 2012-07-31 23:11:35 -0500
Started 2012-07-02 17:08:31 -0500

what to change/ do differently if they have the chance

9 replies

MAYS 2012-07-03 15:29:32 -0500 Report

Actually none…
It's not like I knew that I could cause my body to become diabetic and ignored what I had known and then caused it within myself.

Now if I don't do the things that I know will prevent, or delay the complications associated with diabetes and then the complications set in, my regret(s) will be my stubborness and ignorance brought me to the point that I would be the cause of the harm inflicted upon myself!

Armourer 2012-07-03 15:15:54 -0500 Report

Wish I had followed the guidelines when first told I had diabetes. I lost 35 pounds, eat well with some changes. Now I can't lose a pound. On insulin, gained 40 lbs, limited eating. If only . . .

GabbyPA 2012-07-02 21:44:20 -0500 Report

I try not to look at things as regrets, because I do follow the philosophy that everything teaches me something along the way. Sometimes I pick the hard lessons, you would think I would learn.

But, I would have paid a lot more attention to the diabetes study I was in. Because I was not diabetic at the time, and on the pill/placebo group, I just kept doing what I did. My numbers always came back good for the 4 years I was in the study. But I didn't really learn, I just took my pill/placebo. If I had actually learned about what I was doing, maybe I could have put it off a lot longer?

mystikfairy61 2012-07-31 23:11:35 -0500 Report

Gabby, I agree with what you said about not looking at things as regrets. I have always believed there are good mistakes and bad mistakes. The good ones are ones we use and learn from and the bad ones we keep on repeating. I think this is an extremely true statement with diabetes. Either we learn from our old way of thinking and doing and change them, therefore delaying or preventing complications, OR we keep doing things the way we always did, and well we all know what will happen if we don't change…

flgrammy 2012-07-02 20:40:27 -0500 Report

My biggest regret is that I did not stay as commited to my diabetes and health as I did when I was first diagnosed. The first few years I really took the time for myself to test often, eat on time, etc.. and then life intervened and I started to slowly let it slip by the wayside. I allowed family, work and life to take priority over caring for myself. Now that my daughter is grown it seems the perfect time to regain control but alas I am caring for my grandson full time while she works and once again I find myself putting my needs to the back burner. I know it is never too late to start again, well wait yes it is if I am dead it is way too late, but getting back in the habit is so difficult.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-02 19:45:13 -0500 Report

Can't say I have any regrets..It is what it is..I might like to change one or two things, like I wish I never started smoking,,But on a whole I try to make my diabetes work for me.I definitely am living a more healthy life style now, than I would if I didn't have diabetes..I watch my weight, diet and exercise
I'll be 66 this Sept and the only regrets I have is life lets you be old a lot longer than it allows you to be young

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-02 19:27:49 -0500 Report

Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption-Paul Anka as sung by Frank Sinatra.

I have few regrets and I don't dwell on them. Being a forward thinking person, I can't sit back and do the woe is me thing. It is very unproductive and time consuming. I am not one to whine, cry, complain, or burden people because I am diabetic. I don't ask people to change foods at dinner so I can eat. I was raised that it is very bad manners to do that. I know what to eat and how much so when I go to someones house to dinner, I eat what is served.

I do everything I was doing prior to being diabetic. The only thing I changed are my eating habits and getting more exercise. I am not going to change my entire lifestyle simply because I am diabetic. I am going to live my life, take care of my health and not let being diabetic control anything I do.

Controlled 2012-07-02 17:45:37 -0500 Report

I suspect that the number one answer you will get is that it is unproductive to regret any decisions you made or behaviors prior to being diagnosed. I believe that's true.
In hindsight, I know that I could have eaten healthier and paid attention to what I now know were symptoms that undoubtedly led to this condition. I also could have paid a little more attention to fitness even merely finding time to walk every day (or every other day) because I really believe that alone is a huge step (no pun intended) in the right direction for all of us.

I can't complain too much though. While I do have neuropathy (and I hate it), I have far fewer complications than many people. If you were to solely look at my BG and A1C's, they are "normal" without medication and have been for almost two years. There would be no reason to even suspect a diagnosis of diabetes.

In hindsight, I took my health for granted and have learned never to make that mistake again.