Beating the Diabetes Stereotypes

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-05-24 16:26:29 -0500
Started 2017-05-14 10:25:06 -0500

Today, another member mentioned how many other diabetic forums are so different from us here. I do believe we are particularly open minded here, wanting to find the best for our members and ourselves.

I came across this article today and it reminded me of what I love about it here: https://www.diabeteshealth.com/living-type-2-...

When I look back on my older posts, and see how much I have grown, how far I have come in the understanding of not just diabetes in general, but how my own body works and how it's not one size fits all. The article above talks about some of the stares and jaw drops that so many of us experience when we share with more traditional diabetics our ways of working with our own challenges. It's a good article and may help us all feel that being different is not always bad. Trying new things can lead to wonderful discoveries.

What are some of the most life changing moments you have had on this site?


6 replies

cmr55
cmr55 2017-05-24 16:26:29 -0500 Report

Great article Gabby. This is so true I researched and have read so much about diabetes over the years that could make my head spin. I was told 7years that getting out of ICU and the hospital 7 years ago and becoming a diabetic that I had to eat every 4 to 5 hours. I was on insulin at the time. I followed what the doctors dietician. diabetic Educator told me to do. I was told I was an A student. But no matter how well I followed the diet and exercised could not lose weight. It took me 3 1/2 years before I could finally see an Endo. My Endo took me off insulin the first day. When I told him there were times I did not want to eat every 4-5 hours he said then do not eat. I said well that goes against everything everyone has told me including the ADA. He is from Europe and they do things differently. When I came to this site and talked to him about Fasting two years ago he said no problem. Certain things that some things that most diabetics can not or should not eat I can as long as its a balanced meal and I exercise. For example If I eat oatmeal it has to have protein and fruit not just oat meal by itself. I can eat 1/2 cup of rice as long as it with fruit protein an lots of vegetables and exercise. It is learning how our body handles what we eat. I know my biggest problem is stress. I try to stay stress free as much as possible but sometimes it is not something in our control. We have great people here at this site and we find what has worked. I love learning and there is always something new. Big Hug everyone. Carol

onafixedincome
onafixedincome 2017-05-15 19:12:10 -0500 Report

Just getting HERE, to a place where people answered questions openly, were supportive, and where you guys were willing to point me to what I REALLY needed to know…

THAT was life-changing. The rest, as the man said, is up to me…but you know what? I'm still here, and still getting benefits just knowing you guys are HERE, and willing and able to give a good shove as needed.

Thanks, folks.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2017-05-15 09:59:31 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for posting this, Gabby!! I loved the article and, like you, have learned so much in this group. Especially that the medical profession is sometimes less educated than their patients. They point to old research from the 60s and simply can't get it through their heads that eating all day is bad for a type 2 diabetic and does nothing to help us lose weight. Reading some of the posts here, I was skeptical about my ability to fast and it's benefits, but heard so many raves about Dr. Jason Fung that I had to see for myself. It has completely turned my life around and I finally have hope for the future. My doctor and nurse were horrified to learn I was fasting, cautioning that my blood sugar could drop too low. I had to keep repeating that I check my BG levels at least every 2 waking hours during a fast and have never gone below 98 at the very lowest! Honestly, they acted like I had lost my mind, but were happy about my A1c reading this past week (went from 7.7 to 7.1). I have no doubt it will be much better next time, because I recently stepped up exercise due to my increased energy. Snacking and small meals all day just fuel my hunger and fatigue! Thank you all for your contributions and honesty.

Consueloj
Consueloj 2017-05-14 22:15:49 -0500 Report

Fear drove me to find as much info as I could , which quickly brought me here. When I discovered that people with diabetes were not living in fear but fabulous full lives, I was relieved and hopeful that I too could.gain control ( so far, knock on wood). And I have with the help of wonderful and supportive people.

w8chd
w8chd 2017-05-14 16:18:25 -0500 Report

Great article! Sums it up very well. I like the most about DC is the sharing of ideas. The alternate treatment methods we use. It is just such a good atmosphere here. When I get around another diabetic who doesn't know I am also and they go talking about how their doctor won't let them eat this or that and they have to take meds for this or that I just shake my head and usually tell them, for heavens sake get your head out of the sand and research things and really be informed about your illness and don't totally rely on everything the docs tell you.
Several of you on here have been a wealth of information for me. Things I had never considered. I thank Gabby for the information that led me to gain the independence from the doctors I had been seeking for so long. Also info on the berberine, black seed oils, cbd oil and the numerous diet ideas I've seen other members talk about. Those ideas would never fly on the site I was on last week. I thank all of you who post regularly, you're a service to all of us!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-05-14 13:26:28 -0500 Report

I joined this site in 2010 because I was having more and more frequent and severe low BG episodes. This was before I started using an insulin pump in 2011. I can't think of a specific life-changing experience I've had here but I love the support and acceptance shown by the members in the 6+ years I've participated. By far, DC is my favorite Diabetes Social network group.

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