Being a Diabetic

By Kura2110 Latest Reply 2014-03-11 02:57:44 -0500
Started 2014-03-07 17:30:11 -0600

I don't like it when people talk about it as if it is life threatening disease. I have type 2. Was diagnosed before I fell pregnant with my 3rd child in 2012 and had gestational diabetes when carrying, made changes to my diet and exercised and was very well controlled during the 1st-2nd trimester until in the last trimester, I had to start metformin as exhaustion from exercising became too much. After giving birth to a healthy boy at 6lb 4oz, they told me i had type 2, if I keep to my diet and exercise, I will no longer have to take metformin, at this time. It has taken me a bit of time to get use to and with the changes I've had to make to my lifestyle and understanding diabetes, I've only just become to accept that I can say openly "Yes, I am diabetic". #itsabouttakinglittlesteps #positivelifestylechanges #ahealthyUahealthyME #understandingdiabetes

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tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:21:18 -0500 Report

don't focus on the negatives, this is what "can" happen but may very well not. In controlled diabetes, these things normally do not happen. I have read so many articles that talk as if , once you have "D" then you wil most likely have this or that, but I keep a positive attitude and I learned in my classes, that managed well, which is very possible, will greatly decrease any chances of anything bad happening. like anything with the eyes, kidneys, and that sort of thing. It is very possible to get off the metformin, for many years actually for lots of people, not everyone, but do your best with the right foods and exercise a minimum of a half hour each day, and you "will" see results for sure. things will get better. don't go overly strict with your diet, don't go way too low carb, but try to get in the right range, allow yourself a treat sometimes, otherwise you may binge. They told us in class 60 carbs per meal. Now I probably meet that at b'fast and sometimes lunch, but dinner is a problem for me, but never give up trying. it will get easier to follow. best of luck .

Kura2110 2014-03-09 00:31:14 -0600 Report

thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts. As I am still getting my head around understanding Diabetes, reading your feedback helps and found what you have said interesting. Maybe I should have worded it better. Diabetes runs in my family, from my parents who were both diagnosed in their late 50's or early 60's. My mother who has had diabetes for over 10 years and has kept it controlled and is now in her mid 70's. Makes monthly eye and foot checks etc and does her sugar tests twice weekly and takes medication. My brother also has it and has made lifestyle changes with exercise and diet plus medication. I think what i was trying to say is that, when people talk about diabetes being life threatening, its in a more negative response rather than looking at the positives of how to control diabetes. Yes, I understand that diabetes can be life threatening…if you are not in control of it?? by taking those steps towards changing your lifestyle. I've started making changes to my lifestyle by exercising which i've always enjoyed, drinking alcohol in moderation only on occasions instead of drinking every weekend and balancing the carb & protein meals which I'm still getting use too #hopethatmadesense

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-11 02:57:44 -0500 Report

I had never even heard of diabetes except in vague passing until I was told that I had it. I understand how you feel about the way some people look at diabetes. I find that those people are usually as ignorant as I was about it. People who have had no contact with it has no idea how what they say effects us. Don't take this wrong, I wish I had known diabetics or even had a family member who had it. Because I think It would have helped me to understand better when I first found out I had it. It is a continual learning process for me and DC has helped me a lot. I also know that it is a life threatening disease, but it is hard to hear it . Thank you for this post and for sharing your experiences.

tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:25:32 -0500 Report

one thing I always try to tell people is drink lots of water, have protein and fiber in every meal, the fiber will be easy with lots of veggies and some fruit, look up which fruits are best for diabetics, some only have 15g carbs, like a small satsuma, or tangerine, in season, things like that. most of us can't eat a whole banana without spiking high, I can't but pair it with a good protein and check and see for example. one thing I like is a whole wheat tortilla, (look around find the lowest carb ones) and put some natural peanut butter ,spread it all over, and slice up a few slices of banana if this sounds like something you would like for a snack. or even for breakfast. nuts and seeds are great. a handful of mixed nuts, some sunflower seeds, things like that. Even if you manage to control with diet and exercise, you will still have diabetes. They told us in class, the only thing off limits that they did not want us to have at all, was soda. I do not even drink fruit juice myself. It is better nutritionally to eat the fruit, because of the fiber which slows the BS spikes. it helps keep BS levels more stable. that is what you want.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-07 20:42:56 -0600 Report

Diabetes can be a life threatening disease. Even if you are fortunate to get off Metformin, you will still be a diabetic. For people who treat it like a game and do not take care of themselves will cause diabetes to be life threatening for them. You may not like it when people talk about it as if it is a life threatening disease but the reality it is a life threatening disease.

haoleboy 2014-03-07 20:29:17 -0600 Report

as a type 2, stroke surviving (you are aware of the stroke/diabetes link) son and grandson of two people that died due to complications from diabetes I will continue to consider it a "life threatening" disease if that is okay with you.


dagger1234 2014-03-07 19:59:48 -0600 Report

Diabetes is only a life threatening disease if you live with it like you're not caring. People can either choose to deal with it, accept it and make the changes to live with it. And some may be like this is nothing severe it won't get to me. Basically. They are playing Russian roulette. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad thing treating diabetes like a life threatening illness. Maybe more people would take better care of it.

jayabee52 2014-03-07 17:52:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Kura
I don't like it either when folks talk that way, HOWEVER it CAN BE a life threatening disease and we have to take it seriously enough to make the changes in our lives we need to make to control this "beast" and perhaps tame it somewhat, but it will never be completely harmless.

From what you say in your oritinal post it seems that you already make the necessary changes. It is great to manage one's diabetes by use of meal planning and exercise. And congrats at being almost off of Met!

The mother of my 3 sons had Gestational D with each pregnancy. She managed it with what she ate. Each time she delivered she resolved and didn't have diabetes any longer. We decided to stop at 3 children specifically because we didn't want her to develop diabetes later like her mother did. She avoided diabetes for all these years, while I a few years later developed T2, That was rich irony.

God's best to you and yours