Dr Gary's article Challenge or Opportunity

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-28 12:58:44 -0600
Started 2015-01-27 08:03:45 -0600

Dr Gary has a really good article about how to look at diabetes in our lives. I recently told someone in a post to make diabetes a challenge. That is because I thrive on challenges. When I was diagnosed as diabetic and given the medication. The assumption was/is diabetes always progresses and you will need more medication and die from heart disease or failed kidneys earlier than you normally would. My rebellious personality kicked in and I said to myself and my doctor, I am not going that route. I will figure it out. Not everyone has the rebel in them that I do. So I like Dr Gary's way. He says to make it an opportunity. Actually I started out making my diabetes a challenge, but once I figured it out, I turned it into an opportunity. Now looking back over 30 years, I met the challenge and I think Diabetes is the best thing that could have happened to me. My life is more interesting and rewarding than it would have been without diabetes. I apply the same attitude to any health challenge that comes my way. The result is I am perfectly healthy after having diabetes for 30 years.. Getting old and still being vibrant with my mind and thinking ability intact is my current challenge/opportunity. My getting old provides interesting and funny situations.
I look old so people want to do things for me in the stores etc. But I am more fit then they are so I often help them even though they are a lot younger than I am. How much fun is that? I have more energy and stamina than any of my four children. I get much joy and satisfaction out of being a role model. I say look at me I did it so can you. We all have different challenges/opportunities, how we deal with them and the outcome is determined by our attitude.
Thanks Dr. Gary for a great article.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-28 12:58:44 -0600 Report

Hey Rosalie,

Thanks so much for your kind words. I am happy to hear my article was helpful to you!

I do think we have a choice in how we view life. Life on life's terms. It sounds like you are taking great care of yourself. And running rings around that younger generation. Keep it up! You are an inspiration!


Stuart1966 2015-01-28 11:02:09 -0600 Report

Many of Dr. Gary's publications are well done. I often wish some were even more specific for diabetes in particular.

He is a rare and valuable, PhD's on diabetes message boards, this is the only one I am familiar with who has one actively onsite: Tu, Childrenwith, the ADA site, yahoo… he is the sole one I know of actively generating information.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-27 23:45:09 -0600 Report

Once I got out of the denial of diabetes, and accepted it as a way of life, as well as other things in my life, I looked at it as an opportunity to grow. I've done a lot of growing in the past 8 months.

RosalieM 2015-01-28 05:58:22 -0600 Report

Yeah, woopee, congratulations.!!!! The best years are ahead of you. If you persist, one day you will look back and say if it hadn't been for diabetes, I wouldn't have made it this long. A proper diabetes lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle, every one should adopt it. We were lucky enough to have diabetes force us into it.

Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-27 10:28:04 -0600 Report

Kudos to you, Rosalie ! If everyone had your determination, we would all be much better off. I'm working at it. It's just frustrating after three weeks of low carb eating my numbers aren't changing, or very very little. How long does it usually take for the low carb eating plan to effect your bs numbers? Oh, and by the way, who is Dr. Gary?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-28 11:03:46 -0600 Report

My numbers went into my target level the very first day of eating low carb…but your idea of low carb might be different than mine…have your numbers gone down at all???..If you reduced the amount of carbs you are eating there should of been some movement…it is very possible you are eating more carbs than you think you are…food manufactures are very sneaky people…frankly I don't know how they sleep at night..

Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-28 11:59:51 -0600 Report

What were your starting numbers? About 10 days ago my fasting was 174, today it was 135. Have been sticking to a low carb as best I can. On a tight budget so had to eat what I had in the house. But today is payday, so will be able to get some different low carbs in the fridge and see how that does. I know food manufactures lie on their label, so try to use a website with a carb counter to track my carbs…but there again, each website has different numbers…so who's right?!

RosalieM 2015-01-27 12:30:17 -0600 Report

Sounds to me like you are pretty determined!
Dr. Gary is a therapist who posts on this site. You will see his posts. He is really good. I mentioned his name, so eventually he will se it and comment.
Your diet should effect your blood sugar in just a couple of days. Maybe your blood sugar will not go to normal, but you should see downward movement. Don't give up. There must be something in your diet that is doing it, without knowing everything you eat, I can't give you an answer.
If you persist you will find it. It is OK to completely cut carbs out of your diet
for a week or so as Atkins says. That will give you somewhere to start.
Protein raises blood sugar very little and fat not at all. After being off carbs for that time and you see a downward effect on your blood sugar and you are losing weight, you can add foods back in one food at a time test after each food addition. Start adding foods like green beans, spinach, cabbage
and asparagus. They raise blood sugar very little. Soon you will get the picture and you will be on your way.

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