By IronOre Latest Reply 2012-08-12 12:59:44 -0500
Started 2012-07-17 12:01:39 -0500

A list pointing out the hassles and inconveniences associated with diabetes has the potential of being endless, as discussions here have indicated.
I am interested on how others may see the advantages of being diabetic. The list won't be nearly as long, and may take some thought, but there must be some worth mentioning.
For me I look at an advantage being that since I eat well, my two teen kids do too, and I am hopeful that it continues with them as they grow older.

74 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-08-12 00:57:12 -0500 Report

My diagnosis in April has made me take a long look at my eating and exercise habits and has helped me to make better decisions regarding each one.

flipmom 2012-07-21 20:31:09 -0500 Report

I have never thought of being a diabetic has its own advantages… i do now!!

dietcherry 2012-07-21 21:38:25 -0500 Report

Membership has its privileges ??? teehee

norcal4 2012-07-20 23:31:17 -0500 Report

It makes you become a stronger person and overcome obstacles most people couldn't handle

dietcherry 2012-07-21 18:07:31 -0500 Report

Right on! Being diagnosed T1 so young forced us to become responsible and accountable for ourselves long before our peers! All we childhood T1s share that :-)

jayabee52 2012-07-21 11:31:56 -0500 Report

we ALL were those kind of people before, and didn't WANT to handle those obstacles, but learned we could (or eventually we died).

Please don't sell people short who don't as yet have diabetes.

Nana_anna 2012-07-20 11:57:30 -0500 Report

Taking my health in good consideration. Not play around with it. Taking meds/shots on time. Don't make excuses for missing them. Eat right and exercise daily. Loose weight. Walk!

Type1Lou 2012-07-20 09:24:54 -0500 Report

My diabetes made me change my bad eating habits. I used to eat donuts or pie for breakfast and my ex-mother in law would warn me that I would develop diabetes. Sadly, 6 months after separating from her son, her prediction became true. I developed my Type 1 at age 27 and feel blessed that I did not have to deal with it as a child or as a teenager!

GabbyPA 2012-07-19 17:20:14 -0500 Report

The advantage of diabetes for me besides the obvious eating better, loosing weight and getting out there and more active...the thing it has done for me is help me find my voice. I have learned to fight for myself as well as others.

IronOre 2012-07-18 18:55:27 -0500 Report

So, my son who was in sixth grade at the time, comes home from a Junior High School dance quite excited and says to me "Guess what dad - Hannah really likes me . . . and when we get older and go out together, and if she needs my help, I will know exactly what to do" (Hannah is type 1 diabetic, like myself)
Now how cool is that!
Watching a child learn something that you really didn't realize you taught them is a nice advantage of being diabetic.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-18 19:28:02 -0500 Report

How beautiful!! You have one very thoughtful, caring son, well done:) This is how I felt about my husband(then boyfriend) that he was willing to overlook my type 1 and be interested in me enough to learn about my diabetes at such a young age. It takes a strong and secure person to do that!

dietcherry 2012-07-18 19:06:35 -0500 Report

That just brought tears to my eyes!!!!! Im such a crybaby but that is the best thing Ive heard in ages—-thank you for sharing it and you better give him a big hug from me please!!!!!!

IronOre 2012-07-19 21:03:13 -0500 Report

I forgot exactly what I said to him after he told he that (what I mentioned above) but what I do remember is that he was totally clueless what a nice thing it was that he said.

dietcherry 2012-07-19 23:22:55 -0500 Report

I guess thats the innocence and acceptance of all people we have as children that then becomes biased and twisted as we grow :(

granniesophie 2012-07-18 08:42:44 -0500 Report

OK, so maybe this is a little weird, but I have great hair!! I attribute it to my diet, which has gotten so much better since my diagnosis. I know I should have been eating less stupidly all along, but the hair is a tangible result of a better diet and taking better care of myself. Advantage, maybe or maybe not, but I choose to see it as a nice side effect of better care of myself, say what you will!

DeanaG 2012-07-18 13:16:42 -0500 Report

My hair has become much softer since being diagnosed. Don't you love it!!

IronOre 2012-07-18 18:11:13 -0500 Report

My hair has become softer too . . . so soft you can't even feel it, or even see it . . . soft hair on guys doesn't seem to be as nice as soft hair on girls

dietcherry 2012-07-18 09:52:05 -0500 Report

I think its awesome! A healthy diet def shows in our hair, our fingernails, our skin, our weight, etc. I can see that you DO have great hair! ;-)

JSJB 2012-07-18 03:07:25 -0500 Report

I don't see any advantages of this condition. I am eating healthier and exercising since I was pre diagnosed but I should have been doing that before. There are more disadvantages such as being limited to or not being able to eat certain foods, constantly checking you sugar level, taking meds and the list goes on. Well, we just adjust to it and surviive the best we can. Oh, I forgot to say the only thing about this condition is I met great people and learned alot through DC

IronOre 2012-07-18 06:46:32 -0500 Report

Yes the disadvantages out-weigh the advantages, but like you mentioned, there are some advantages, liked being part of the people who come to this web site.

jayabee52 2012-07-18 06:57:12 -0500 Report

however when reading others' profiles and situations, I find that one does not have to have diabetes to come to and participate in this site. Just recently a lady came on who was researching for her husband. There were also parents who came on here researching for their children. So while there is a connection to diabetes, one need not have it personally to come here.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-17 18:53:37 -0500 Report

I don't make it a point of dwelling on either as it doesn't/won't change anything, at least for me. But, to mention some advantages of having diabetes would be if following advice from ds then there are many. We eat a better daily diet and with portion control our weight is under control, also adding the recommended exercise not only helps weight issues, but makes the body stronger and in better working order, this will prevent other health issues. By eating and exercising right it helps put us in a positive mood and allows us to enjoy life which decreases stress not to mention medications.

Following this plan will also benefit the entire family which might other wise have taken a detour in their life style choices. I also like to add in all the education we must learn in order to deal with diabetes which boosts our brain power and I'm all for that:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-17 17:32:18 -0500 Report

I don't view being diabetic as having advantages or inconveniences. Eating healthy is something everyone should have been doing prior to being diagnosed. I don't find taking a meter or snacks with me as being an inconvenience either. I have said it many times, parents are responsible for their children's eating habits and what they feed them. Obese 9 year olds do not work therefore they earn no money to spend on junk foods. Hence, the parents allow them to eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks. It is fantastic that your teens are eating healthier. They will be able to carry this into adulthood and pass it on to their families.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-20 00:45:35 -0500 Report

I did eat healthy before being diagnosed and was very athletic. I wasn't the obese 9yr old far from it and yet, I still got diabetes as at the young age. I know that being type1 is different then type 2, but it still stinks when you have been doing everything right and this still happens, even when out of my control:)

You are right about taking care of ourselves before being diagnosed, but some times that diagnosis is the only way to kick start the person into it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-20 11:52:16 -0500 Report

Red, I think people live under the assumptions of healthy living prevents many illnesses. Science isn't always accurate. For instance when you read an article that states some kind of substance or medications tested on lab rats that will cause or prevent an illness, they fail to tell you the substance or medication given to the lab rat is more highly concentrated than it would be if given to humans. Doctors tell cancer patients they have 6 months to live, some live longer than the 6 months or even years longer while some may die sooner.

If people could foresee the future and know what kinds of health problems they will have 10-20-30 years down the road, we all would be able to take steps to prevent the illness. However, it you sit down and think of the advantages or disadvantages of having the disease, you could be spending time doing something more worthwhile.

The problem also is even after the diagnosis, people still don't kick start themselves into doing what is right to keep themselves healthy. You see people on this site from time to time who admit they don't do what they should be doing. People go into denial and denial can kill them or make the situation much worse if you don't take steps to do what they know they should be doing. It is a no win situation.

IronOre 2012-07-17 18:49:02 -0500 Report

Yes the world should be eating better but they don't until they need to, and that's just reality.

Jpie 2012-07-17 16:24:43 -0500 Report

I agree that it has made me take better care of myself and as a good consequence, my husband is healthier as well.
My mom was a T1 adult onset brittle diabetic and I saw what it did to her and how much she hated it and it scared me that I might get it too.
When I was diagnosed (you 'might be' diabetic) I was in the hospital for neumonia and had been so depressed that summer, laying around and eating chips and candy etc. So I guess you could say that it was a 'wake up call' to straighten up and put that 'optimistic hat' back on. Seems that I had it under control all the time when I was working and lost it when I lost my job.
Because I am an optimist everything has worked out well and I feel that I am on the right track to keep complications at bay for a long time.
Of course there are those days when I wish that it would all just go away, but I am also a realist and I do what I must to keep going and stay healthy.
This site was a true life saver for me as I learned so much when I really needed it and I recommend to any newly diagnosed diabetic.

MAYS 2012-07-18 03:34:56 -0500 Report

Well said!
Welcome to the family!

Jpie 2012-07-18 09:31:53 -0500 Report

Thank you :) I must say that I knew all along about eating right because my dad was a doctor and that I raised my kids to eat well also, I just lost sight of that the summer I was so depressed. It really is great to be able to eat so much and keep my weight at a good level. I only had to change a few things like eating more fruits and veggies and no more prossesed foods. It can be a challenge at times, but I love to cook and find new great recipes to try.
Education about this disease has come a long way and having this site is a godsend for us because the more you know about your D, the more you can keep it under control and live longer!

Nick1962 2012-07-17 14:19:22 -0500 Report

I guess I'd agree with everyone - it has taught me to take care of myself.
And even a little with Mays - he's right, taking care of yourself shouldn't be "forced" upon you, but I think we have long lost sight of what taking care of yourself properly is. Even the so called experts like ADA are not teaching adequately, and any nutritional education passed on in the schools is quickly eliminated as soon as kids turn on the TV.

MAYS 2012-07-17 13:54:37 -0500 Report

I don't see how being a diabetic has it"s advantages over not being one.
Taking better care of yourself should not be "forced" upon you, which is what diabetes (or any other chronic disease) does.

Taking "good" care of yourself, or not taking "good" care of yourself does not make you become, or not become a victim of this disease.There are some people who are obese, eat whatever they choose and they never become diabetic in a lifetime, and there are others who do the direct opposite faithfully yet they receive a diagnosis of being diabetic…go figure!

The same things that I did before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I continue to do today.
Helping others and enjoying life have always been a part of me and will always be that way whether or not I have diabetes or any other chronic illness.

But that is just me.

But this site (Diabetic Connect) it's sister sites and it's parent organization are a blessing because without those health conditions that they address these sites would not exist, so I guess the "advantage" of having diabetes is the help and the compassion that people give in helping others to cope with living a life with diabetes on a daily basis.


IronOre 2012-07-17 18:54:49 -0500 Report

You and Just Joyce seem to be a little cult here.
So what you are saying is because everybody should be taking care of themselves 100% of the time; when a person becomes a diabetic nothing should change.
Well . . . in your little utopia that may be true, but there is a place we cqall reality where people do people-like things and live people-like lives and get pleasure from eating certain things, and that's just life.

MAYS 2012-07-17 20:38:30 -0500 Report

No, there are no cults or cliques here, just people with differences of opinion.
Life, as well as diabetes is based on the individual, some people do as they wish, go against the "norm" and yet do not become diabetic even though they may do all of the things that people say are wrong, yet someone who does all of the "right" things can wake up one day and find out that they are now diabetic!

Diabetes is an "individuals" disease, many personal factors weigh in on how and why diabetes developes in some people and not in others.
Every one does not have to change their life styles dramatically once they are diagnosed, others do (Utopia's are very imaginative and dillusional) dealing with diabetes is reality and reality of the fact is different for everyone, just as dealing with diabetes is.

And as you say,"That's just life."

Jadestone1977 2012-07-17 13:16:58 -0500 Report

It forces me to take better care of myself! (Exercise and eating habits) I also have found that mosquitoes will bite me last. :) The best part is that I have taught so many strangers about diabetes. Many people see me shoot up and start asking a ton of questions. Who knows how I have helped them. Some I have cleared up misconceptions about diabetes, some I have encouraged them to go get tested and reassured them that type 2 diabetes can be prevented and by experiencing diagnosis by DKA is not the way to go and that I shouldn't be alive right now because of my fear of diabetes that I didn't get tested earlier… There is so much to be thankful of (for me) being a diabetic. The advances in treatment technology every year and the huge support communities such as the JDRF and here on diabetic Connect! The new friends that become family, and for me, the ability to teach the diabetic ignorant a thing or two!! :)

DeanaG 2012-07-20 00:15:10 -0500 Report

I have noticed the mosquitoes seem to leave me alone. They will bite my husband and grandson unmercifully and never even land on me. They use to feast on me.

dietcherry 2012-07-19 23:25:49 -0500 Report

Mosquitos still love my blood but what doesnt? FLEAS!! They jump on me and then right back off lololol No jokes please! :D

DeanaG 2012-07-17 12:24:47 -0500 Report

I am eating healthier than I ever have, I am actually exercising and I have lost some weight in the process. I understand how my body works much better than I did, I have a much better understanding of nutrition and most importantly I found some great friends here on DC! ;-)

dietcherry 2012-07-17 12:12:55 -0500 Report

In addition to being healthier than I would have probably been otherwise, because of a balanced diet and regular exercise, Im also in the position to educate others about life in D world.

MAYS 2012-07-18 03:33:25 -0500 Report

Education on the subject of diabetes is the key component in diabetes management.

IronOre 2012-07-17 19:44:17 -0500 Report

I agree.
Sometimes I wonder what type of person I'd be if not diabetic.
Probably a big fat ugly beer drinking fool.