Being diabetic ain't the death sentence its the start of a new sentence!

By andy1979 Latest Reply 2014-11-28 17:45:26 -0600
Started 2014-11-27 17:37:32 -0600

Having spoken to people of a variety of ages in my work place about what being diabetic meant 50-70 years ago . I was in awe of the challenges my great grandparents generation went through prior to there being an nhs in uk. Diabeties meant death for some or amputations for others that were lucky to survive this condition. As the 5th generation or 1st of my mums kids to get condition i feel the treatment and checks could be better but are gold standard in comparrison to my great grandmothers- she lost both legs to type 1 and my grandma was her carer according to my mum, so it greatly impacted on her life choices. In the 21st century depending on which health professional you speak to our lifestyle choices play a major part in condition. I ask myself had i been underweight 5,8 and sporty would i have got diabeties, fact is most probably as i firmly believe certain conditions hit you like lightening, especially if in family like some things are. But on positive i now look at diabeties as the strict best friend i didnt know existed.

6 replies

Type1Lou 2014-11-28 17:45:26 -0600 Report

Hi Andy! My Dad developed his diabetes in 1953 at age 61. He died in 1973 of cardiac complications probably brought about by his diabetes. He was never overweight and provided a good role model for me even though he had died when I was diagnosed as a Type 1 in 1976. I'm not aware of any other family members with diabetes. We do have lots easier than Dad had it and for that I am grateful. As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one of the more manageable with the right knowledge and decisions.

Glucerna 2014-11-28 14:58:07 -0600 Report

You're right Andy that there are so many different types of treatment options available today for people with diabetes. I often think that if everyone lived their life as if they had diabetes, we'd all be a lot healthier. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-11-28 06:50:40 -0600 Report

This condition is a bitter sweet issue for sure. I know if I had not been diagnosed with it, I would not have lost weight, learned to eat healthier and exercise. Those were the things that put me here in part, genes were the other part. But at least I found out and am able to make adjustments. And like you said, it's much better in treatment for us now. I just wish they could find a cure and we all could move on.

andy1979 2014-11-28 17:39:53 -0600 Report

The cure would be boring and predictable if on market and very expensive. maybe one day in future.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-28 02:34:54 -0600 Report

Imagine for a moment what it might possibly be like for our children or grandchildren looking back at our generation, and how different they get treated for diabetes There is great hope.

jayabee52 2014-11-28 02:14:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Andy
yes things have changed A LOT over the years. I was amazed at Richard157's post a couple of years ago of what T 1s had to do to care for themselves. You might like to use the search function to pull him up and peruse his several always insiteful discussions on this topic.

Your title reminds me of something my late wife used to say: "It is time go get used to the 'new normal'"

Praying for improved health for us all