valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2014-04-05 13:04:39 -0500
Started 2014-03-23 19:04:20 -0500

Webster's Dictionary defines DIABETES as this: disorder in which the body has too little insulin and too much sugar. With all honesty what is your definition of our disease? Mine is, a complete life altering change in which some can accept and some can't. Which the body ha too little insulin and too much sugar. Please, what's yours?!?!

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wasted.wonder 2014-03-31 12:08:55 -0500 Report

DIABETES = DIE AT EASE (coz ur at ease only while dying, till the time u r alive with diabetes it is a big pain in the - - )

By the way i call it SWEETY my GIRL FRIEND,
SWEETY coz of "sugar levels" and GIRL FRIEND coz "it has a big attention problem" LOL.
AND surely it knows how to make its presence felt . My dearest sweety. LOL

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-04-04 19:43:22 -0500 Report

Hi wasted.wonder;
I tried to think of what to reply back to you. I admit I can't, you said it all.

wasted.wonder 2014-04-05 13:04:39 -0500 Report

Even i tried to think of what to reply back to you. I will also have to admit that i can't, you said it all. LOLer : D)))))))

Yea Yea, I am the man [but with D]

Kaydoo 2014-03-29 15:41:25 -0500 Report

Valentine Lady,
I am being good, about to change from primary doc to endo who has a nutrition center, so hopefully they will be helpful.
Just added Glipazide in with Metformin, not in love with some side effects, but I will tough it out until next dr appt.
Thank you for giving me hope on the A1C, I'm excited to know it can be lowered so much.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-29 20:55:39 -0500 Report

Hi Kaydoo; Now this post much more positive then your last one, I'm so happy for you. Also very glad to know your going to be involved with a qualified nutritionist at a nutrition center where they can help set a eating plan just for you. Unfortunately, all diabetes medication has side effects. But, we need them. Some are worst then others. By all means talk it over with your MD. Glad I could help you with the A1C thing. I know you can do it…lower it I mean. I have faith in you. Hugs, VL

Emma North
Emma North 2014-03-29 02:18:21 -0500 Report

I think it's a challenge in life and you can see it as a burden or something that makes you stronger. It depends on your attitude about it! I'm 15 and am type 1 diabetic…trying to fit it in my life is crazy but I manage. :)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-29 05:30:20 -0500 Report

Hi Emma: I really liked your answer. To me diabetes seems to be making you stronger. The challenge life has dealt you, you seem to be handling like a pro. At your age I can see where that would be hard. But please use DC to voice your opinions, concerns and problems to. We,re all here to support you and have your back. I know I am…

briarrose70 2014-03-27 10:00:43 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed on Monday however, to me, I'm going to define diabetes as a do-over, new path with new friends, new foods, new lifestyle that my body needs to be healthy, a motivator to help me on the path I probably always should have been on!

haoleboy 2014-03-27 11:12:13 -0500 Report

with an attitude like that you should do just fine controlling your diabetes.


briarrose70 2014-03-27 12:10:27 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'm not going to say it's going to be an easy road, I love my sweets and I'll miss them however I'm hoping maybe I can incorporate some raw desserts in once my bg is under control. I actually went completely raw for 6 months before but once the cold weather came, I needed comfort

haoleboy 2014-03-27 12:58:20 -0500 Report

Certainly not an easy road … but one that can be made a little more 'doable' with the right attitude.
One of my 'secrets' is eating single ingredient foods and eating raw as much as possible.
breaking the need for comfort foods is a tough one, but, in my never humble opinion, it is necessary to make that happen.


valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-29 06:29:36 -0500 Report

Hi Steve; I agree comfort foods or should I say "giveing" them up is a biggy. But with today's sugar free foods and wonderful recipes designed for us our comfort foods can usually be obtained, just adjusted somewhat. Try our recipe section. I think you'll be surprised. Hugs, VL

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-27 10:34:30 -0500 Report

Hi briarrose; Thank you for replying on this discussion. Welcome to Diabetic Connect. Might I add you have a wonderful attitude concerning your newest DX of Diabetes. Keep up the faith and wonderful attitude. Take every advantage of our recipes here on DC. While your learning to eat better you need to learn to cook healthier too. Without depriving yourself of the good things.

briarrose70 2014-03-27 10:45:35 -0500 Report

Thank you! I'm an optimistic person at heart (sickening so say some) This is the card dealt and I'm going to play it the best I can! I'm actually a little thankful since my eyesight is so foggy, dizzyness, vertigo and falling/tripping, concentration issues, forgetfulness, etc. it makes so much sense now..yay!!

Kaydoo 2014-03-24 20:49:05 -0500 Report

This is all still new, but for me it is a wake up call. What were most T2s A1Cs when they diagnosed?
I got dragged kicking and screaming into a diagnosis after I had pegged a glucose meter at HIGH a few times. My vet friend got really nervous and made me go to a dr and bingo, my A1c was 11.3 and I some albumin test came back high also
I'm still dealing with high sugars a month later and feel pretty cruddy most days, so at the moment diabetes is a game changing event for me. Everything I enjoy eating is gone. I don't need to lose weight but I'm already down a pants size.
My biggest fear in having to go on insulin. For those of you T2s who are, when did your Dr decide to do it???

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-29 06:46:50 -0500 Report

Hi kaydoo; My A1C when I was DX was 12.9…now at my last one was 5.6. Big difference wouldn't you say. You will feel pretty crummy until you somewhat even out. Are you sticking to your eating plan? May I suggest you try asking your DR. about seeing a diabetes educator to help you in this area. My Dr. started me on metformin and within 3 months I started on insulin. The pills just didn't control me. Now I'm on 2 types of insulin. Hpe I've been some sort of help.. Good luck and keep writing and asking questions. It all takes patience and time. You'll start to see changes in your BG as soon as your body evens out.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-25 21:27:42 -0500 Report

I agree with both Jigsaw and Glucerna, your first steps should be with a dietitian and a diabetes educator. As Jigsaw said your doctor will give you basic information you need advice and help from professionals. Your blood glucose is not going to make a major drop in a month. This takes time and patience. I am not on insulin and my blood sugar was as high as yours when I was diagnosed 5 years ago. My doctor never considered insulin and I never once thought about it.

The best thing a friend said to me the day I was diagnose was "So what you have diabetes, I have had it for 10 years. What are you going to do about it?" I never looked back. I can't eat all of the foods I enjoy, so what? I don't miss it because it was unhealthy food.

So you can't eat the foods you enjoy, there is nothing you can do about that so move forward. Dwelling on what you use to eat isn't going to help you. There are so many other foods you can eat and remain healthy. Jigsaw just posted an article "Twelve Tips To Help Avoid Diabetes Complications" please read it.

Just because other T2's are on insulin doesn't mean you will be on it. A coworker diagnose the same time as me was put on insulin for a month. She is now off all medications but maintains her diabetes with diet.

Diabetes is not the same for every person and because something is happening with another diabetic doesn't mean it is going to happen to you. I don't even worry about what is happening to other diabetics because I can only be concerned with my own diabetes. What works for one person may not work for you which is why I only take medical advice from professionals.

You will get your numbers down but you have to be vigilant and patient. It will get easier for you. Good luck to you.

jigsaw 2014-03-25 20:16:47 -0500 Report

Kaydoo, I agree with Glucerna, that a registered dietician, and or diabetes educator, would be a good first step. Most doctors will give you only very basic guidance. Specific, and professional advice regarding a healthy balanced nutritional food plan is a big major step. A good diabetes educator can help you get started with your diabetes management.

Once you get on the right path with the correct type of professionals, you will start to get your diabetes properly managed. I can assure you that with the right information from (professionals) you can start to feel well again, and eliminate a stressful situation.
I have had diabetes for 20 years, and I have not experienced any complications so far. One of my doctors is an endocrinologist, and he specializes in diabetes care. He has never done much more then diagnose, prescribe meds, and direct me to the correct professionals for proper care. He works with a team of registered dieticians, and diabetes educators, and they offer free classes. These professionals have offered me a great deal of info that in turn has helped me avoid diabetes complications.

I know the feeling of an initial diagnoses, and it can be very confusing at first. It's probably confusing for most, while going through an initial learning curve. I can almost gaurantee you that it's not as bad as you think. Get good info, get yourself informed with the right sources, and it will fall into place. Good blood glucose control, and diabetes management is within your reach!

Glucerna 2014-03-25 17:34:03 -0500 Report

You have a really caring friend to encourage you to go to the doctor, and you'll start to feel bettter as your blood sugar numbers come down. Have you met with a registered dietitian and/or diabetes educator? They'll show you how to put together a balanced and healthy eating plan that includes foods you enjoy. Take diabetes management one step at a time, and you'll make progress. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-03-24 20:04:42 -0500 Report

There are several things I really like about this question and discussion: the way people can laugh and make jokes about a very serious topic, the way you define diabetes without it defining you, and how you find the positive aspects of having diabetes. Thank you! ~Lynn @Glucerna

shoulders 2014-03-24 17:48:28 -0500 Report

Hello valentine lady, My definition for diabetes is a get back to family cooking and watching your sugars and sweet treats. Its cooking like our Mothers and GrandMothers use to do. My family still ask were is desert? and I serve Jello with fruit, or a 2x2 piece of cake(no icing).

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-24 10:48:00 -0500 Report

TO ALL OF YOU; So far all your definitions are wonderful. If you'ld like to use synonyms as "Gabby" mentioned by all means do so. I know I can think of a few myself. LOL

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-26 20:40:28 -0500 Report

Hi shoulders: In reading all these wonderful posts I came across yours and I just want to remind you that there are absolutely wonderful recipes for desserts right here on DC and they make wonderful cook books with great treats in them as well. You don't have to deprive your family or yourself and still stay on your eating plan. Just a thought…

GabbyPA 2014-03-24 09:36:31 -0500 Report

I guess in a nut shell, that is what it is. Insulin to glucose ratio pretty much sums it up. Definitions are, by nature, short and to the point. It would take volumes to discuss what it does to each of us, but that really doesn't change what it is.

Now if we were looking for synonyms for it I can think a several.

Type1Lou 2014-03-24 08:22:55 -0500 Report

Another volume in the encyclopedia of my life…(diabetes is too big to be just a chapter in a book!)

jigsaw 2014-03-26 09:40:08 -0500 Report

I think you should make an effort to shrink it down a bit! No matter how difficult, you could try! Maybe, just a little handbook that you can fit in your pocket!

Jan8 2014-03-24 07:26:57 -0500 Report

disgusting life altering change !!!

robertoj 2014-03-24 13:41:21 -0500 Report

I don't find the lifestyle changes nearly as disgusting as the roadblocks set up by retail, marketing and food service industries. The USDA needs to do a much better job of labeling too

Set apart
Set apart 2014-03-24 05:53:16 -0500 Report

A life turning event, if not taken seriously could be deter mental to your health! Hello my dear friend, hope you are well. Send me a note some time in my mail! Blessings always.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-24 01:57:55 -0500 Report

Diabetes to me is like a two edge sword. As a type 2 I find that it not only is too much sugar but at times to little sugar. It is a disease that can cause severe damage to your body if not diagnosed and treated. I think Websters needs to do some research because as we know there is more than one type of diabetes, so their definition is kinda out dated. I also agree James is a shinning star, and his humor brightens my day. Everyone needs to laugh once in a while. Laughter is good for you. Also his information has helped me a lot.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-23 21:41:19 -0500 Report

I define it as a door to the next part of my life has opened. I don't care whether people accept it or not. It's their problem not mine.

robertoj 2014-03-23 20:09:39 -0500 Report

I'm not sure exactly what it is. I'm a T2 so it didn't happen over night. An active person with good nutrition I severely injured both knees. Along with a negative impact on nutrition came weight gain and atrophy. After a couple of years of little activity I discovered biking and the process began to reverse itself until I broke my back and then got very sick. Moderate exercise, better nutrition, small portions and a much improved attitude have helped immensely. Unfortunately othe issues complicate everything.

jayabee52 2014-03-23 19:39:00 -0500 Report

Howdy VL!

My loose definition of the disease is it is a P.I.T.A. (you know what that is? LoL!) with which I am burdened, but which I am overcoming every day through managing what I eat.

God's best to you m'Lady!


valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-24 19:36:52 -0500 Report

Hi Jayabee; I would never laugh at you at your expense. I know what it is and my heart breaks for you, but it's the way you put it and even added lol yourself. I'm very excited for you that your correcting things through your diet. It's so important for all of us to follow a good eating plan with the big D. Your quite a man Mr. jayabee.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-23 19:55:11 -0500 Report

James, love your answer and your sense of humor. With this disease you have to have a sense of humor…made me LOL
May God Bless you,

jayabee52 2014-03-23 20:07:21 -0500 Report

Thank you Peggy! (may I call you that on the boards?)

Glad you got a chuckle out of my answer to this deadly serious disease. \

But if I didn't laugh I think I might become a lil. bit crazy!

You did see my answer to your profile post on AC?

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-25 12:01:27 -0500 Report

Jayabee; I thought about it and decided we had best stick to our screen names in situations like this and if it's private please do call me by my first name. I do you. Yes, I received your post on AC, I just answered it. Really is long, hope I didn't bore you. Did you see my post to you up here a bit. I would never laugh at you at your expense, but I do love your sense of humor as well as your posts.
Hugs, VL

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