Is Diabetes the real enemy?

By shastadiabetes Latest Reply 2009-07-22 17:01:02 -0500
Started 2009-04-08 23:37:13 -0500

Hello, Upon being Diagnsed with Diabtes you find your self on the "path of distruction" only enhaned by Improper Diabtic Treatment. I say this because not getting Treatment, and sticking to treatment is a Death Sentence.
The Diabetic way. Insist that your Doctor or Caregiver give you all the latest info on Diabetes and How it works, and going even further, ask them what does not work. Log every thing you do for your Diabetes, working or not so you have a reference for your own Diabetic Back-up. Get a SICK plan from your Doctor or Caregiver and get on a Sliding Scale if Blood Sugars vary to much, low and High. Exercise as perscribed by Doctor and take Insulins the same time every Day as it will save you from a lot of Diabetic Complcations in the long run. Every time you Cheat on your Diet or Don't follow Dr.s instructions, remenber that you are setting up your eye's, Kidney's or other Major Diabetic Complications.
Bite your tongue in-stead of going off the Diabetic Path, and Do what you are suppose to do. Diabetes is a "Life Sentence" wth No Parole. So get used to it an follow the rules of the road and be safe.

26 replies

Wolfin2009 2009-04-26 14:41:54 -0500 Report

I had Diabetic for 29 yrs. and I overseek it's the enemy which I dislike what I take but "Must do that Right Procession" which I follow the path of my life it is not the enemy if you follow the doctor's direction. it s your receipe.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-22 17:01:02 -0500 Report

Haha—-Not that this disease is funny—but after all I THINK that I have been through, God has seen fit to throw me another challenge? I don't like it, but I didn't like the others either, but I am still here and probably will be for years to come—my mom died at 98 and her Dr, told me that I had the "long age genes" so will probably live that long too, am 77 yrs, so how many years to go? I see diabetis as another challenge, and I always did well in school, studied my lessons, so why should I start acting differntly now?! I will show the world, I WILL LEARN TO COPE!! Pat roth

thinker51 2009-04-26 13:55:13 -0500 Report

I've had diabetes about 20 yrs. now .I sometimes feel down over it and get deppress ,mine is diet controled, I have some high bs and some okay ones I know it can change anytime but as Montel Williams said on a show I watch on his medical problem you can't give up, don't let it control you,you be in control because if you don't it may bring you down.You can learn what foods to eat, how much, but like me I sometimes give in and eat more than I should be and that's when I notice the higher bs then I get back on track and they get better you can live with diabetes and do most of what you want, we just have to be more careful with our chocies ,sometimes this diabetic thing can grab you and you start liveing a more healthier live style because most of us that have it do try.Some of my family thinks it's dum to change my diet to a healthier one but I tell them maybe they should try it and not knock it.God Bless you all.

GabbyPA 2009-04-26 17:46:50 -0500 Report

You are so right. My first 9 months were strictly with diet and exercise, and to be honest, I think I did better than when I got on meds. Meds have made me lazy in someways, and I pay for it. I liked my discipline better before. I have to mix the two and then maybe, just maybe I will get the results I seek.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-22 16:41:08 -0500 Report

For years I have fought "coming down" with this disease, was warned years ago to be careful, I didn't really, someday—I am still OK. One Dr put me on glucophage, but I had no meter, all guess work and i felt OK, so let it go—

Now, 40 years later, I have do all of the things that others have had to do for years, watch the food intake, lose weight(finally am chipping away) exercise, plus take Metformin 750 mg a day, still not too bad, BUT I now have a meter, and since I have been watching those fickle numbers that do not lie—I am forced to admit—Ok, Ok already, now I get it and will continue to try and comply by using all of the above reasons, and it is becomming easier, with all of the support I find at this site!
Your new friend, Pat Roth

GabbyPA 2009-04-21 16:03:01 -0500 Report

Ok, if you see your kid headed for danger, lets say a car coming down the street. Do you stand by the road side and say with a whisper soft voice...."come here junior". No, you yell, you scream and you run into the road to save your kid.

I am a kid in diabetes. I have had it for only a little over a year. Someone who has had it 45 years and knows what I should be doing has every right to "sit me down" and tell me straight. The only "Yell" word in the whole post is Get a SICK you have one? I started one, but I never finished it. Ooops! You know why? Because I got sick and it all went out the window. I was not prepared and I had a very rough winter.

We have to learn how to see thru the message delivery (though I didn't see it as Gestapoish as others) and take the message. There is nothing new in this that we don't already know...but maybe we just aren't doing it.

Sarguillo 2009-04-21 17:37:29 -0500 Report

We have a title for this, its called "The diabetic police" As a diabetic, I dont want to be policed from another diabetic who is in the know nor from a friend who is not diabetic and knows nothing about what I am going through. I will not listen to an overbearning statement from anyone, including my doctor. We are human, We are all pretty much on the same road. I will travel that road with as much dignity as I can control. I think it was the tone of the OP that put off a few including me. I applaud the OP for his efforts, if not his execution. I see that he is a caring person. I do beleive he ment well.

2009-04-20 19:08:41 -0500 Report

Well, I'm kinda thinkin he didn't have to put it so 'gestapo-like'. It was kinda harsh, LOTS of capitalized words.

DJ 2009-04-20 07:39:24 -0500 Report

Ok Folks, lets not shoot the messanger here!!Honestly,I get what George is trying to say,(even if I'm not sure I agree with how he said it).."Diabetes is not the enemy!" in fact we can be our own worst enemy, not just with this condition but with a great many things we do in our lives.
I have found that we have to take this life one moment,one hour,one day at a time and the need for education is most important…learning everything we can about the condition is key, and then adapting what we learn to fit our lifestyle. What I get from what George is saying is "Be Pro-active Not Re-active" don't let the bad days over shadow the good ones,learn from the good days and from the bad…but keep learning!!
I am one of those people who let this condition over come me and I said"I'm not going to do this anymore!!" and I closed my eyes to Treatment,Meds,Doctors,Information…and in doing so I almost allowed Diabetes to Take my life from me, and Oh yes it was soooo easy to do, much easier than working everyday to control it,to learn how to be better,to learn how to live..and because of that I almost Died, and I may be living with the extreme complications of my choice for as long as I live,(which I may have…"being my own worst enemy" now caused to not be as long as it could have been).
So, Yeah..I get it and I understand what he's saying, and I sure wish I'd heard it said before I made the choice to go astray and not take care of myself..I am on track now..but getting back the second time was twice as hard!!

GabbyPA 2009-04-20 08:24:37 -0500 Report

Right on DJ.
The urgency to get us to do what is right is not an evil thing. We all know we need to do the right thing, and when we don't we just need to realize that we are undermining our goal to live a long and healthy life. There is nothing wrong with someone telling us to follow our doctor's guidelines....we tell each other that every day. So now I would simply question who was having the bad day.
This post didn't say don't live a full life or have fun. It just said to do what is right to keep you healthy. It didn't say that the diabetic path was opressive, just disciplined.

DJ 2009-04-20 08:51:26 -0500 Report

Thank-you Gabby, and YEAH,"What she said!!
How many times a week do we see someone open a discussion with the words…"I have had it with this!!Or "I am done with this"??
This is what George is talking about..He is advising us all to look to our futures, and Learn to LIVE ,and LIVE to Learn, or die badly…and isn't this what we all want to do is help people to learn the correct way to deal with this condition??? Tough Love is just that..Tough,but it gets the message across and is on occasion necessary..All you have to do is be willing to accept the message in the spirit of which it was intended!!
This man has LIVED with Diabetes for 45years..I believe this alone gives him the right to say what he likes,in anyway he chooses…but re-read his words and see them as he intended them to be seen and see the infinate wisdom in what he's said!!

Blue Carnation
Blue Carnation 2009-04-13 19:14:09 -0500 Report

I never thought of diabeties as a life sentence before. No parole, Well that is not for me! I am going to do everything I can to beat this disease. If needed I will volunteer for research or what ever it takes to get through this. I am starting now!!!
I did not know that by taking meds at different times would affect the complications. and the eye site thing well I need my eyes and vital organs!!
Eyes as I do many intricate crafting projects. so this is definately important to me. I have noticed my eyes have blurred allot lately!
thank you for the advice!

Anngelia 2009-04-13 12:53:29 -0500 Report

I've been a diabetic since I was 7 years old (almost 40 years). Yes it is a crappy disease but not the end of the world. It is possible to have this illness and still have a full life.

I have days where it seems like no matter what I eat or what I do my blood sugar just acts crazy. But then I also have days that my blood sugar seems almost perfect no matter what. So I think the best you can do is take your meds, excercise if you can, and watch the carbs. AND live your life and enjoy it.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-22 16:51:41 -0500 Report

I wondered if you couldn't have high days, no matter if you were doing all of the right things—kinda—ha—so this helps put it into a better perspective for me. As for a death sentence, I guess that I am luckier than most as I am already 77 yrs, and shouldn't have more than 20 or 30 years left to watch what I EAT< which is what I should have been doing many years ago! Death doesn't bother me, Life, with all of its pain, does. Now is that a positive outlook?? hahah—I have had several illnesses that the DRs didn't think I would survive, but here I am, still feisty and kicking—-if I hold onto a chair! Laugh at death and see how far he runs! Oh, NO, she is killing me with kindness!! I can't take that!! Ha—-Pat roth

2009-04-09 17:08:40 -0500 Report

WOW, What is eating you? What made you feel the need to post this crap? I am Type 1, insulin dependent and I do log everything and check my BS on a regular, daily routine. Why, because diabetes IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE! What if somebody logged on this site for the first time after being diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2? Don't you see what harm you could do? You are entitled to your opinion, just like I am. I think what you said is stupid and I hope anybody scared about having diabetes chalks this up to somebody who had nothing better to do. This is a support community, not one to write this kind of CRAP. You are totally wrong and I hope you find another website to haunt. Geez, OMG.

MeiMei 2009-04-09 17:20:33 -0500 Report

Cool your jets. Take a deep breath and relax. You are right, this is a place for someone to verbalize, obviously this person has not accepted his/her disease yet. I suggest some counseling for them, ASAP.

2009-04-09 17:32:17 -0500 Report

Well, the profile says he has had diabetes for 44 years. So how long does it take a person to accept this disease? I was only diagnosd in December and I would run screaming out of the room if I didn't have 4 months under my belt if I was JUST diagnosed and sat down and read this.

mamaoak 2009-04-09 18:15:37 -0500 Report

well i have had this for three and half months when i was first diagnosed i was angry and afraid but i dont give up. i was able to get off those shots and on the pill and in one month get my sugars down to aic 135 wich is a 6.3 if i had seen this i would have been so distraught i would have been a reck. and for those people that have such a bad attitude no wonder they have problems. and to the rest of you i enjoy this sight it has realy helped me thanks to all of you with out your encouragement and being able to read your stories i would be lost.

Sarguillo 2009-04-09 13:18:48 -0500 Report

Everyone who is born has an appointment with death. I choose not to look at it as a death sentence, but a glass half full kinda way, as a life to live. Yes, some of us have issues that need to be addressed, we do. we live to the best of our ability. Diabetes is there. I wont run from it, nor will I let it run me. It just somthing that I live with. Kinda like my wife. There are days I wish I wasnt married, Other days, I am glad I am. There are days I wish i wasnt diabetic. No days that I wish I am. Oh well. I have to live with both of them. I;ll make the most I can with them by my side.

vgarrison 2009-04-09 11:59:23 -0500 Report

Wow, I had a crappy day with my inapt doctor yesterday. It's a good thing that I'm stronger than my diabetes or this post would push me over the edge.

I know that sometimes you just have to get stuff off your chest, but maybe you should talk to someone more one on one.

I CHOOSE not to let my diabetes run my life, I run my diabetes.

Blessed Be

Antique-Dave 2009-04-09 11:23:55 -0500 Report

Good thing I'm not suicidal,

Don't see things the same way I guess, if we are honest life is a terminal disease since everything that is born dies.

I don't see Diabetes as the destination either, its just something that happened along the way to my original destination.
Isn't it all about the journey?

So I have to change my life if I want to continue to live. Adapt or Die, seems like an easy choice for me and one that everyone has to make for themselves.

The people that I have known who died young because they chose not take care of their diabetes made it easy for me to make the choices I have to make.

kdroberts 2009-04-09 07:58:05 -0500 Report

It's sound advice in general but you have to remember that each case is different and each treatment is different. A large number of diabetics, including a huge number of type 1's and insulin users in general, have to go by doctor guidelines but have to figure things out on their own based on what works for them. That may mean not taking insulin or medications at the same time and varying the amounts taken.

It is excellent advice to question your doctors. Too many people blindly follow things without asking why they are doing it, what benefit it will have and what negatives it will have.

Anonymous 2009-04-09 07:48:18 -0500 Report

You make it sound as if Diabetes is a death sentence, not a life sentence and either way I have to disagree. Sure, it takes willpower to stay on track but, YOU are in control, not the diabetes and the sooner you just accept it as a PART of your life and not your whole life the better off you'll be. There are those here that have managed their diabetes for decades and have led a productive life, it is not a "life sentence" as you stated its just a small part of the big picture unless you let it take over.

shastadiabetes 2009-04-09 17:43:59 -0500 Report

Hello, I have had Diabetes for 45 years and What I do is working, This, is working for me. I want people to understand just how Bad this Illness is. Diabetics are not planning for the long run. It seems they live for the Day. Some on has to stand up and lay it on the line, so not all will suffer.
Good Luck and God Bless you All.

Bluebutterfly 2009-04-20 05:06:46 -0500 Report

I choose to make it a part of my life. I might fall off the wagon sometimes. I just get over it and try harder the next day.No one is perfect and we all try to help others not scare them to death.I love this site. It has helped me so much.

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