What do YOUR diabetes police say?

By Mando_Lynn Latest Reply 2015-04-14 19:46:34 -0500
Started 2015-03-22 20:54:43 -0500

Some folks are annoyed by the "diabetes police". I find them slightly entertaining because they are so uneducated and yet try to tell me what I should and shouldn't eat. Someone will see me eat one little Hershey's kiss and freak out, but won't say a word as I snargle down a whole bowl of tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant. Lol!

What do the diabetes police in your life say that either annoys you or just entertains you?

38 replies

KnowSweets4Me 2015-04-14 19:38:36 -0500 Report

I was told to take cinnamon when my sugar was high that it would lower it. I was scared to try and asked my nurse and she said she had heard it also. My BS was over 200 and I took a teaspoon and in 30 minutes to was normal. One level teaspoon will help if you accidently run it up.

horsewings 2015-04-03 20:33:30 -0500 Report

I don't have any diabetes police. My 89-year-old father has the same diagnosis I do, and he's a naughty boy—eating all the things you're supposed to avoid. My challenge is to keep my mouth shut and not become a diabetes cop, myself. Dad is a physician and knows exactly what he's doing. His life, his choice. Sometimes it's hard to remember that.

Lakeland 2015-03-30 14:34:19 -0500 Report

my hubby like that he just looks at me when I eat something wrong, but I tell him, It's ok, my candy works the same as an orange, they are both sugar & I'll take a short walk & drop my numbers by 50 point, Heck with my cold I'm on steroids & it will spike my sugars by 250 points & the doctor prescribed that.

Gavia 2015-03-28 16:13:07 -0500 Report

I confess to being part diabetes police, even though I am PWD2 x 8 yrs. I have a close friend who is also PWD2 and is non-compliant. Now, I feel I can say this because we travel together often and when we do, we share a room. So I know she doesn't check her BG levels, doesn't journal her carbs or exercise. I've tried to set a good example by testing regularly, journaling, picking hotels with pools or exercise equipment when we travel. When I try to talk to her, she shuts down and ignores me. She's been PWD2 longer than I have and. I don't want to lose my travel buddy so what else can I do?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-29 06:02:49 -0500 Report

Nothing..You can not do a darn thing…I think we all know by now that we all have to make a decision for ourselves as to how we will deal or not deal with our diabetes. I was a Case Manager at a residential facility that housed a select group of people who had many health issues. Many of our clients were diabetic…some cared for their health, some did not, but no amount of intervention could persuade some of them to care for themselves. We had an in house physiatrist, we gave health workshops, some specific to Diabetes, and we gave individual counseling…guess what…They STILL were non compliant…All you can do is continue to be a good role model and let this person know you are there for them if they need help.

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-29 07:49:54 -0500 Report

Agree! I'm fairly good at controlling this beast but if I wanna eat that KitKat, not even my stubborn husband can stop me and I'll suffer the consequences with the joyful memory of the delicious treat.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-29 12:18:52 -0500 Report

I use to have a weakness for kit kats…even after I was diagnosed when I was following ADA guidelines I would once a week treat myself to a "stick" of one…lmao…I gave them up completely when I went keto…and sincerely don't miss them…but that doesn't mean I don't remember how yummy they are!!!!

Chopstix 2015-03-25 20:28:23 -0500 Report

I have had one of my sisters-in-law and my little sister, a nurse, tell me I can't eat something because it has sugar in it. My response is everything in moderation and I can eat anything I want but there are some things I just refuse to eat because I don't like it…

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-25 20:38:02 -0500 Report

Yeah they don't get that a few Hershey's kisses (or even a small piece of cake) isn't going to do much after a full meal. Empty stomach first thing in the morning… Well that's a different story. But we know what we can do. Funny that cake doesn't really affect me at all but just a little BBQ sauce and I'm DONE!

Chopstix 2015-03-26 11:42:53 -0500 Report

Right. Most BBQ sauces have a lot of sugar in them. We don't normally put sauce on the meat when we grill but on the side. My wife and I like to taste the meat, spices and herbs…

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-25 20:01:44 -0500 Report

LOL that's an awesome question :) my diabetes police tell me all the time I am diabetic because I eat pop corn from time to time, I'm type 1.5 LADA and yet they still blame me for this. Just the other day I drank 1/4 cup of orange juice, I was having a hypo moment. I have tried to teach my daughter and her hubby about this, but they just think they know more than I do, and neither one of them have ever been had more than the flu in their lives.
So I just smile and keep on moving…LOL

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-25 20:04:57 -0500 Report

Lol! Diabetic cause you eat popcorn from time to time. That's really funny! My sister, as soon as I was diagnosed, said "well you drank some cokes when we were kids". Ummmm so did you. People are so funny.

Baking4ever 2015-03-25 19:25:43 -0500 Report

It's always irritating when other people seem to think they know more on how to live your life than you do…maybe they should just pay more attention to their own problems and issues than sticking their noses into what someone else is doing…I have the same problem at work…people think they should be telling me how many calories are in the meal that I'm eating so much so that I don't feel comfortable eating in front of anyone and I feel like I have to sneak food so no one know that I ate something so I don't have to deal with their attitudes…with thyroid issues you don't have to eat much to be overweight, you just wish that they would have to deal with medical issues so you could tell them how to live their lives and deal with things like that…I bet they wouldn't appreciate "your help" much either…keep smiling and don't let them know that they are irritating you and maybe they will get bored and leave you alone…

KnowSweets4Me 2015-04-14 19:46:34 -0500 Report

I had a hysterectomy at 29 and in my late 40's I started to gain and I was so active and never changed my eating habit's. The Doc told me my metabolism slowed down and I gained it yearly and hit a certain weight and stopped and people think I just sit and pile my plate and it irritates me that no matter what I do I can't lose.

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-25 20:07:39 -0500 Report

Sorry about your thyroid issues. I used to teach with a lady and her daughter with those issues and they both struggled with weight. At my new school (I'm a teacher) I have a low carb protein shake between my afternoon classes and random folks will see me and say "you really shouldn't be drinking chocolate milk". Lol

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-03-25 17:51:47 -0500 Report

Hey Mando, I hear so many stories from clients who tell me about all the "expert" advice they get from people who are not experts, who think they know how they should be eating. What always amazes me is that people feel entitled to give information in the first place that was not asked for, as if the diabetic is either not a responsible person or is uneducated. Just trying to be helpful?

MrsCDogg 2015-03-25 09:52:44 -0500 Report

There really aren't any diabetic police in my life at the moment. I had them when I was still working though.

killa1980 2015-03-23 22:36:56 -0500 Report

My Diabetic police would say don't eat that ice cream it's loaded with sugar and carbs. But while they're telling me this they're macking down on it

haoleboy 2015-03-23 13:02:27 -0500 Report

The Diabetes Police don't talk to me.
There are those that would label me as a sworn officer of the Nutrition Police.

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 11:36:46 -0500 Report

My diabetic police always make sure my tea is not sweet. He will even taste test it for me and always tells the waitress I am diabetic. He has finally started to learn that the sandwich bread or the side of fries are far worse. I don't have too many other ones or at least they keep their thoughts to themselves.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 12:51:54 -0500 Report

OMG THAT would drive me crazy…I am humbled by your ability to NOT scream in this situation…I wish I had the same control…

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 12:57:09 -0500 Report

It bothered me at first, but I realize he is just looking out for me. We stand worlds apart in our social skills, so I kind of have to take him where he stands.

Type1Lou 2015-03-23 08:54:29 -0500 Report

My lunch nearly each day is an apple with all-natural peanut butter (4 tbsps)…it comes to around 45 grams(plus or minus) of carb based on the size of the apple. I belong to a group that meets for sewing once monthly and we bring our lunch. All in the group know I have diabetes and use an insulin pump. For several months consecutively, one of the members questioned whether I should be eating that much peanut butter as it was mostly fat (Not really a "diabetes police" question but a "dietary police" inquiry). I explained that the fat in peanut butter is a good fat and as long as I calculate the carbs I'm eating and bolus my insulin appropriately, I'm fine and in control. I've been able to maintain my weight around 120 lbs for years and am not seeking to lose weight. (The questioner is overweight and follows weight-watchers and is not diabetic.) When she came out with the same objection the next month, I asked her "Didn't we discuss this last month?" I reiterated that I count my carbohydrates but don't pay much attention to the calories and fat, since they seem to take care of themselves by my counting the carbs. She hasn't brought it up a 3rd time. (Sheesh!)

JoleneAL 2015-03-23 08:49:30 -0500 Report

The PDs in my office love trying to tell me I'm eating all wrong and that I really need to eat better so I can cure my diabetes.

These are usually people sucking down diet sodas while eating quarter pounder with cheese. (snort)

kimfing 2015-03-22 22:12:36 -0500 Report

It's not the DP that irritate me. It's the PWD that sometimes do. For instance: i am very carb sensitive, when they say oh u can just cover it. What they don't know is my body and how it feels 1 hour after i eat that piece of regular candy vs the 1 piece of sf candy. Regular candy spikes me immediately to the point i get severe headache. Or when they say i should be eating 30-45 carbs per meal when that would send me into overload.

jayabee52 2015-03-22 22:08:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Lynn
The DP generally do not bother me at all. I really do not get comments either way about what I eat or don't eat.

My techs or the RNs at the Dialysis clinic may comment that I have taken too much fluid on in the past 36 hrs but that is part of their job.

But the DP do not seem to bother me. Maybe someone may think that I am not doing right, but they have not said anything to me.


sweetslover 2015-03-22 22:06:11 -0500 Report

There are 2 opposite questions/statements that irritate me. The first is the question, "Can you eat that?" as I am happily chowing down on a delightful morsel. The other is "Oh, come on—a little bit won't hurt you." I keep a close track of my daily carb intake. I know if I can or cannot have a bite of something, and I know, for the most part, what foods I can eat without spiking my BG. It's like a person on a diet to lose weight—I don't want people commenting on everything that goes in my mouth. Besides, that is just rude.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 10:56:02 -0500 Report

I have an answer to the one wont hurt you thingy…"It may not hurt me but if you say it one more time it will hurt you"…had to say THAT line more than once to a diabetic friend of mine who believes in a different approach…

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-22 21:13:25 -0500 Report

The DP that are not diabetic tend not to bother me…I am a reasonably intelligent women and I didn't know much about diabetes before I was diagnosed…so I let the comments they make for the most part go without getting upset…it is the DP that ARE diabetic that get under my skin…the ones who say their way is the BEST way and that anyone that doesn't agree with them are wrong…that gets me ticked…leave me alone and let me deal the way I chose to and you deal the way you chose to…BUT the most annoying DP are the doctors and "nutritionist"…OMG..I tried ONE diabetes education class and what it took me NOT to scream…If I thought I could of smacked the woman and gotten away with it I would of..but alas orange is not a good color for me…

Gavia 2015-03-28 16:18:38 -0500 Report

Finding a good diabetic educator/coach is like finding a doctor you want to work with. I went to 3 before I found one I liked and could work with. It helped that she is also PWD2 and had "walked the walk", if you know what I mean. Ask your PWD friends who is their diabetic educator and why they like that person. Keep looking - you'll find the right one.

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