What 10 things would you say is an advantage to having diabetes?

By type1skillset Latest Reply 2012-10-06 10:40:22 -0500
Started 2012-09-30 19:25:51 -0500

It can be a drag having diabetes, but I have started a list for some of the advantages. Two that spring to mind are, on long haul flights you get served first (provided you let them know you are a diabetic) and being able to eat candy to correct hypos isn't all that bad.
What would you say you were advantages (don't worry I have 8 more).

14 replies

CJ55 2012-10-03 11:53:06 -0500 Report

I am iffy on the good and the bad. I have had many many drawbacks having diabetes. Gained a lot of weight, can't take the oral meds, took meds that have hurt my body, didn't get the proper education on D, didn't know what to eat and what not to eat.. However, Since joining DC I have learned a great deal of information. I have learned what to ask my endo, I am eating better, my A1C is 5.2 instead of 12.8. I feel I am finally getting a grip on this whole D thing and I am doing so much better with everything I do and I owe it all to everyone here on DC. The people here on DC are wonderful, caring, kind and very knowledgable and are willing to help with any question or need I have to deal with. So to everyone here on DC… Thank You !!! btw, love the HUGZ !!!!

tabby9146 2012-10-03 11:30:14 -0500 Report

What Jo K. said, is the only thing I can think of. I really can't add anything else to that just been more vigilant about my health than I would have been without the diagnosis ad it made me do what I needed to do.

mystikfairy61 2012-10-02 01:58:51 -0500 Report

I believe my diabetes was a true turning point in my life. I didn't eat or exercise like I should, but now I am doing positive things to make the changes I should have made a long time ago. It allows me to be a good role model for my kids and grandkids when it comes to taking care of myself.

Harlen 2012-09-30 21:11:28 -0500 Report

Have you gonr DKA yet ?????

I can think of nothing good sorry
Best wishes

type1skillset 2012-10-01 07:57:43 -0500 Report

Hi Harlen, I have had diabetes for 35 years (since I was 2) and as yet have not had DKA (aside from when I was diagnosed). It can be a challenge at times, but there are things that we get access to that people without the condition have to pay lots of money to access (thats an advantage right?). These include dieticians, and endos. By getting regular blood tests we are able to catch other issues before they become too big (cholesterol being a good example). I have written another 5 or 6 here if you want to see Harlen (http://www.curediabetesblog.com/2012/diabetes...). Sorry that your experience to date has not been that positive, maybe I am being a little too optimistic, but there is always something good in the not so good, right?

granniesophie 2012-10-01 10:44:26 -0500 Report

Right now I agree with Harlen-nothing posiotive in this for me right now either. Maybe later on-and definately before-but not now…

type1skillset 2012-10-05 18:19:35 -0500 Report

Don't worry granniesophie, it wasn't meant to suggest we be really happy about having the disease, its just that if you keep your eye out for it, there are some positives. One of my favorites is on long haul flights getting the diabetic meal. It means you get served before everyone else:)

granniesophie 2012-10-05 20:30:40 -0500 Report

no, it's just because I am so sick right now from side effects from one of my Diabetes meds-usuallly I don't have such a lousy attitude, but right now I just think the whole thing sucks!!

type1skillset 2012-10-06 10:02:11 -0500 Report

I get it. I hope you start feeling better soon. If your med is making your life that bad, there are always other options. Maybe you should chat to your doctor?

granniesophie 2012-10-06 10:40:22 -0500 Report

I'm off that med and now on insulin-since I can no longer take any oral med at all. This is all pretty much caused by my doctor and an idea of his I should not have gone for! So now he keeps finding more and more things wrong and in trying to fix me, has made everything much worse. I do not trust him at all, and have no choices-he was assigned to me, so I can't ask for anyone else. He is trying to help-so, maybe as things progress, I will get better, because I don't like the alternative!

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