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By PaigeRCD Latest Reply 2012-12-31 20:04:41 -0600
Started 2012-12-28 10:30:49 -0600

hello my lovely friends, I've been thinking a lot lately. I'm sure we all know about the cons of diabetes, prediabetes, and hypoglycemia, and how it really can affect just about everything—it influences (& predisposes) us physically, emotionally, psychologically. I actually just got back some tests from my endo that suggest I may have some issue with my liver or bones, due to diabetes. I'm pretty zen about it. I'm only mentioning this because this incident is what made me wonder "what are the pros of having diabetes (or any blood glucose condition)?" I wonder this not in a self pitying way, I assure you :) just curious about what you all think. I'm sure there are good things associated with diabetes. I don't think I'm the only one who would find it helpful to be reminded of them. Please share your thoughts!

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PaigeRCD 2012-12-31 20:04:41 -0600 Report

Congrats to everyone who answered! You all seem to really have taken your diagnosis as a challenge to live a better life. As red flower lady said, even people in shape need to make changes. We can all do things to be healthier. It's really great to hear all of your responses, because I get the feeling that its made you all stronger people. Diabetic connect always motivates me to be more positive and proactive in my own life. I love it! Happy New Years everyone, and keep up the good work! <3

Nick1962 2012-12-31 13:45:48 -0600 Report

Like others, it’s made me take better care of myself and lose weight. Result – I now fit in an airline seat comfortably, and since I’m not spending thousands on doctor visits, diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol meds, I can actually afford to go places (and wear cheaper “normal” sized clothes doing it).

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-31 07:16:02 -0600 Report

Like William Shakespeare said, "Nothing comes from nothing!". With D you are constantly choosing to live as your food choices and life itself do affect your BG readings! I have learned to live life differently as a T1 for over a year now and although I thought I was taking care of myself, I am healthier than ever now!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-30 18:35:10 -0600 Report

Well, it makes you understand that you need to make healthier changes to your lifestyle, be it eating, exercising, meds and dr appts. Even people in shape have to make changes. Doing this allows us to be healthier and happier.

Safari4 2012-12-29 18:54:47 -0600 Report

It was a big nudge to take better care of myself and learn and do as much I can to manage diabetes. I'm also a devote Christian and I can obey him and love and serve others better. It gives me humility, love and tolerance for others.

SandySilvers 2012-12-29 07:49:07 -0600 Report

Hi! Well for me, my diagnosis of T2 made me face reality and start taking better care of myself! I've been eating right, exercising, and losing weight (34lbs so far!)…and I feel netter than I have in years. I always appreciated my life, but now I see things alot differently. And I'm trying things that I never would have before(like zip lining!). I've found an inner strength I never knew I had. So there have been positives for me!

PaigeRCD 2012-12-28 11:38:09 -0600 Report

Thank you for your honesty. I completely understand and agree with what you said. I think it was Oprah (haha, never thought I'd be quoting Oprah!) who said "without struggle, there is no strength", which makes sense. Here's hoping the struggle doesn't get the best of us!

Harlen 2012-12-28 10:55:41 -0600 Report

Well for me the only good thing coming out of D is the great frends I have made here .There is the knowing of what I have ben eatting all my life
I now know how to count carbs and I eat better then I did befor D
All in all I would give up what I know now to not have D.
Best wishes

PaigeRCD 2012-12-28 10:31:54 -0600 Report

Hm, not sure how that title got posted. Definitely didnt type anything into that box! Haha. Oh well, I didn't have a title in mind anyway :)

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