Is Diabetes Real?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-08-24 22:12:03 -0500
Started 2010-08-19 13:42:46 -0500

Diabetes is nearly as old as humans themselves.
Observations were done, and documented concerning those who excreted "sweetness" in their urine.

I need diabetics, those who suffer from the effects, and complications associated with diabetes, those who prick their fingers for testing, those who have difficulty controlling rising blood glucose levels, and those who take insulin injections or medication(s) to control there blood glucose levels to respond to this question.

The answer that you give to this question is not for me, but rather for those who do not believe that diabetes is real, or that it does actually exist.

Someone told me that diabetes is new, fifteen years ago, there was no such thing, that it is "newly" created by doctors to make money.
That's easy for a "non-diabetic" to say, how about asking a "diabetic."

What do yo have to say, is diabetes real?


26 replies

shareena29 2010-08-22 20:11:21 -0500 Report

oh its real I am one of them ppl that walks around here like I dont have it,I got use to peeing all the time use to being thristy drinking all the time so it was like i didnt have it… I am getting older and want to be here for my husband and two boys so for ppl who think its not real it is my mom was DKA twice it is really real

Elrond 2010-08-21 17:25:33 -0500 Report

I hope to agree that diabetes is real; it's come close to killing me twice. When I was first diagnosed back in the 80's, I didn't pay much attention to it. I'd take my pills but not worry about a diet. I'd look at a goodie and say: "I'm not supposed to have that because I'm diabetic." Then eat it. When I checked my sugar, it was usually in the 300's or 400's. My doctor was all over my case about it, warning me about dire consequences but I wouldn't listen. Then. in 1994, I had a catastrophic stroke. I was paralyzed on the left side for a while. This cost me the job that also was responsible for my medical insurance. It also threw me into bankruptcy as I was certainly not financially ready to retire at the age of 43. Fortunately, I had the VA to pick up the slack on medical coverage because in 2004, my diabetes again reminded me of it's presence with a major heart attack. This time, I did die on the way to the hospital. Only heroic efforts by an excellent team of paramedics brought me back. The VA was forced to implant a pacemaker in my chest because my very real diabetes prevented a heart transplant. That pacemaker is the only thing keeping me alive today. And you can believe I pay very close attention to my diabetes. My blood sugar numbers are as important as my pulse and respiration. I've become a gourmet chef specializing in low-carb foods. Diabetes has affected my entire life, and not entirely in a bad way. Since losing my 'real' job, I've become a science-fiction novelist. I'm not getting rich but it's rewarding. And I come here a lot, hoping my example can help others.

LadyBraveheart 2010-08-21 16:34:34 -0500 Report

Hi Mays & All!

umm, I am definitely on the diabetes is real side of things…but I have also watched it spread through my whole family in a strange way. Hasn't there also been a notable increase in the incidence of diabetes over the last twenty years? I have heard all kinds of reasons given for this increase, everything from it is all the fault of the -fill in the blank- (high fructose corn syrup, modern diet, etc) but nobody seems to know anything definitive.

Can one of the more knowledgeable folks out there tell me if this supposed increase is actually factual and what the general consensus is regarding what is supposedly behind it?

Thanks in advance. Blessings, LadyB

alanbossman 2010-08-20 11:18:46 -0500 Report

Is diabetes real? Yes it is real sometimes i wish it was not real. I have lost family members to this awful disease. Mostley because they do not control it. Both my grandmothers on both sides died early in life, also my one uncle also died early in his 5o's. So is diabetes real yes and yes and yes it destroy's lives and familys.

MAYS 2010-08-20 21:39:00 -0500 Report

Thank you for commenting, it's very important that diabetics, and their families understand the importance of diabetes education and the need for proper diabetic care.


newbie51 2010-08-20 09:30:59 -0500 Report

IT IS VERY REAL!! I have been a Type 2 Diabetic for 16 years. Within the last 4 years I have had my left leg amputated, surgery on both eyes and been in the hospital several times with various complications from the disease. I was put on insulin 16 years ago and was in denial for about 15 of those years. I am still trying to get it under control to this day. I have just healed from an abcess that I had on my inner thigh. So, yes, it is real!!!

Guardianstone 2010-08-20 00:34:08 -0500 Report

Possibly one of the most devistating diseases around. I am angry when I run into people that think I am just making a fuss about nothing. If I tell you I am diabetic, or allergic to something I expect you to respect me enought not to serve me something that could kill me. Yet it happens all the time.

Guardian stone

MAYS 2010-08-20 21:26:40 -0500 Report

Many people do not want to accept diabetes as real, or understand what diabetics experience on a daily basis.
I agree that people should be more respective of the rights of others to say no, when offered something, as a diabetic, you must stand and stay firm.


JanetM 2010-08-19 22:43:59 -0500 Report

Oh how I wish it weren't real…my feet would hurt no more…I'd have energy that lasted long past 3 pm…my mother would suffer no more heart attacks…my sister would have no more vision problems…and I would be sitting here eating a BIG brownie smothered in vanilla ice cream & chocolate syrup…my fingers wouldn't be tender…no more pharmacy bills…I would lose my new best friend - my meter…oh someone please wake me so I can get off this crazy UNREAL ride of monitoring BGs, and avoiding carbs and sugars. No more lettuce!! No more whole grain ANYTHING! I want this nightmare OVER.

If only diabetes were unreal…

MAYS 2010-08-20 21:13:56 -0500 Report

Unfortunately for diabetics, currently we cannot be awakened from this nightmare.


Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-19 16:33:15 -0500 Report

Happy day to all,
Yes diabeties is real I may not have but Michael does & I have seen for myself the effects that it has on a person mind body & spirit. My mother had it & I help take care of her before she made her appointment w/Jesus. This is not a joke (which no illness is). By the grace of God we all here understand that & know that we can maintain our being by being obedient to take care of ourselves. Praise God for His mercy that He is alking w/us all thru it all. This really disturbs me that someone would try & say that this is not for real. Be blessed & & know that you are all highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

sc1boy 2010-08-19 16:11:54 -0500 Report

Yes it is very real. I have had diabetes for over thirty years and am not denying that it is difficult but I am managing just like everyone else with diabetes. It was not as common fifteen years ago as it is now but it was around so yes it has been around for some time.

Kaiyle 2010-08-19 14:54:30 -0500 Report

It's not so much as people not believing that this disease is real, but rather they don't grasp the severity of this disease unless it has impacted their lives in some way, whether directly or indirectly.

The History of Diabetes
Where did diabetes originate?

Diabetes has been around since 1500 BC and is recorded in the early medical writings.

Aretaeus of Cappadocia, a Greek physician from the time of 200 A.D. initially called the disease diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, which also means to “flow,” referring to the flow through the urine. The Latin word mellitus was then added to the name, meaning “honey”, to imply the existence of sugar in the urine.

The sweet taste of urine was noticed by the Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, Indians and Persians.

In the medieval time of Persia, in “The Canon of Medicine”, it was written diabetes mellitus “describing the abnormal appetite and the collapse of sexual functions and documented the sweet taste of diabetic urine”.

Indians use to test for diabetes to see whether or not the ants were attracted to the individual’s urine.
In the late 1800’s that German physician by the name of Paul Langerhans found the part in the pancreas that later was discovered to be the place where insulin is formed, collected and then released.

In 1921 researchers made advancement in diabetes research when they removed some of the fluid that came from the cells of the pancreas, that now we know as insulin. In 1923, Dr. Grant Banting was given the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the breakthrough.

In 1974, the National Diabetes Commission was created to evaluate the impact of diabetes.

MAYS 2010-08-19 15:20:19 -0500 Report

This is the point that I am trying to get across to people, diabetes is real and potentially deadly if not managed properly, yet some people who are in denial refuse to believe anything, even if it's their very own body that is sending out the message!


kdroberts 2010-08-19 13:57:48 -0500 Report

Well, it's been mentioned since 1552BC and given a name since 250BC. Throughout history there have been many, many references to it and lots of things to back it up. The diagnosing criteria and treatment may have changed over time but overall disease is the same. I've never heard anyone say it's not real or it's been created in the last 15 years to make money though. Actually, in most countries diabetes doesn't help doctors make money at all.

MAYS 2010-08-19 14:40:17 -0500 Report

My point exactly!
For someone to believe that diabetes was created by the governments of the world, or is the result of space aliens tickles, as well as frustrates me.
Diabetes is not a product of one's imagination, but to deny that it's real is a slap in the face to those who have diabetes, care for it, or research it.
As always, your input is greatly appreciated.


Ms. Margaret
Ms. Margaret 2010-08-19 13:50:09 -0500 Report

Diabetees is VERY real. It was diagnosed by Hippocrates by tasting the urine of his patients for a sweet taste and then he would know. The method of treating and managing diabetes has changed a great deal over the last 30 years. It used to be about portion control, exhcanges and the sugar you consumed as well as the sugar content of your urine, being measured by adding little tablets to a urine and water sample and gauging the sugar content by the color the solution would turn. Insulin was the only way to control it and was given daily or even up to 3 times a day by injection. Now it is all about carbohydrate counts and snacks and Type II that can often be controlled by diet alone or diet and an oral med. Yes, it has been around but what we do about it has changed a great deal.

MAYS 2010-08-19 14:24:25 -0500 Report


roshy 2010-08-19 15:47:22 -0500 Report

if diabetes turns out not to be real then we've all been screwed over big time!!!

MAYS 2010-08-19 22:41:35 -0500 Report

I, and every other practicing diabetic, can assure you that diabetes is real!
Oh, how I wish that it wasn't!

roshy 2010-08-20 16:14:33 -0500 Report

haha!! i myself as a type onesy knows all about it!!! the needles, hypos, hospital visits, arguments blood tests are very very real!!

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