Here are a few famous people that have diabetes! You belong to a very special group!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-10-22 08:26:33 -0500
Started 2013-10-17 09:14:40 -0500

This reinforces the fact that all types of people get diabetes. Personally, I don't believe that there is any factual and detailed information as to why diabetes happens. There appears to be a lot of ignorance, arrogance, as well as professional guesses by those that practice medicine and treat diabetes. Over the last 20 years, most of the doctors that I visited had varied opinions on the subject, and utilized different medications to treat those afflicted. For me, the road to successful diabetes management was a somewhat confusing road to go down. The information that helped me to succeed with managing my diabetes, came from many varied sources. Doctors, books, diabetes educators, dieticians, trial and error, and of course many of the fine members at DC have played a valuable role in my on going education concerning diabetes management. What sources of information do you feel helped you the most?
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GabbyPA 2013-10-18 18:38:17 -0500 Report

I am a lot like you Jigsaw. I was forced to deal with diabetes for about 9 months on my own. Reading, researching, asking lots of questions all over the place. I didn't have a doctor at the time, so I was on my own and did a lot of trial and error...lots of error. LOL. But I kept on trying to find my niche in better management. Even now I am working on it still. I have not found that sweet spot yet, but you guys here help me more than you will ever know.

jigsaw 2013-10-19 10:58:30 -0500 Report

As the saying goes, we are designed by nature to learn by trial & error. It's probably the way the human race has learned the majority of what we know and are still finding out. I feel it's a narrowing down and elimination of what doesn't work and keeping what appears to be helpful. It's an never ending process that is fluid. When you consider each individuals uniqueness along with the constant advances in medicine and technology, how could it be anything else? The opportunity afforded to us by websites such as DC is quite amazing. Sharing a huge amount of info and experience among hundreds of members gives each of us the ability to access so much in a condensed, easily obtained format and vehicle.

GabbyPA 2013-10-19 13:35:45 -0500 Report

So true! There are things I learn here that I would never have found out. Sometimes when I took those ideas to my doctor, he just kind of looked at me odd. It's not in his "range of knowledge" so it must be wrong. So I try to do my research and then go for a new idea if I feel it's worth the effort. Again...that trial and error thing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-18 12:56:44 -0500 Report

Jigsaw, I think the problem is there is so much out there about diabetes and if you spend time wading your way through it, a lot is contradiction. I actually don't read this stuff once I investigate the author. I don't comb the internet looking for information on diabetes, it was too confusing so I simply got some books that helped me a lot. The media is not the best source for information on any disease because each media outlet puts their own spin on what they are reporting. I am a diabetic but diabetes is not my main focus in life. You have to be very careful about what you are reading. I use the Mayo Clinic as well as WebMD and at times I visit the National Institute of Healths websites when I want information that isn't in one of my books.

I can't understand the obsession people have with the lives of celebrities. Like Paula Dean, the next thing you know Tom Hanks will be promoting some kind of medication or meter for a pharmacuetical company. Something he more than likely would not have done had he not been diagnosed. There are so many diabetics struggling just to get their supplies, who can't afford a gym membership, hire a private trainer or a personal chef and trying to buy healthy foods, which the celebrities can all afford to do. I care more about the person without health insurance and who are trying to get supplies and helping them find the resources.

jigsaw 2013-10-19 11:13:05 -0500 Report

You bring up some valid and interesting points, and for the most part I agree. I think the internet can be a great and convenient source of info for many. The key is to inject some common sense when doing so. Obviously, it is critical to evaluate any source of info, as well as the info itself. I believe that celebrities, as well as those who are not as fortunate financially have much to offer.

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