People with bad advice

By wolfettia Latest Reply 2010-09-03 00:23:45 -0500
Started 2010-08-26 21:01:44 -0500

I was awestruck this past weekend. I have type1 diabetis. A person looked me straight in the face and said, "If you drink more water, you can get rid of your diabetis." My reply back was, "Nothing can (get rid) of my diabetis."
Makes me wonder how many people are out there giving bad advice to newbies. Water is good for everyone. I agree. Anuhow, just a pondering thought.
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Tags: bad advice

34 replies

milesrf 2010-09-03 00:23:45 -0500 Report

A useless method to add to my list of useless methods.

For example, the advice to avoid sugar, and only sugar, was somewhat reasonable back in the days before it was known that many types of starchy foods digest about about as fast as table sugar and give at least as much glucose after digestion. Just answer that their advice is years out of date, and that anything that will get rid of type 1 diabetes still hasn't been tested enough for most doctors to recommend it.

vpickle 2010-09-02 17:41:41 -0500 Report

yeah, I totally agree with you wolfettia. I had a professor my freshman year of college who told me I couldn't be a type 1 diabetic because I was overweight and she was sure my doctors were wrong. Also, I get the same thing about food. People, including friends, and even older relatives still become mad at me when I eat sugary foods. I was at my grandma's the other weekend and was working outside before lunch. I came in and checked and I was low, so I sat down after getting a sugary item and started to eat quickly. I had gotten some sort of candy and laid it on my plate. My grandma kind of yelled at me and told me that was not to be in my diet and if it was, it would be after I finished my entire plate of food, and have it for dessert. So I simply told her, "well, unless you want me to fall onto the floor and go unconcious I suggest you let me eat this." Let's just say she got a little quiet.

Although I do get angered about things like this, we have to remember… most of us didn't know what was type 1 diabetes until we had it. I wasn't diagnosed until the age of 17, and even though I had a close friend who had it, I didn't know much, and I thought he couldn't eat certain things either. It just goes to show that the world in general needs more education on this topic. I tried in one of my classes to write a paper on type 1 diabetes with some research. Unfortunately, I ended doing it on Type 2, because I could not find enough primary sources (research papers and such). If the information is not there for people, they will not know. We all just need to educate others more.

Old youngster
Old youngster 2010-09-02 12:00:57 -0500 Report

I know exactly what you mean. I've had type 1 for 25 years and run into people all the time that make me want to scream. I work for at a fast food place and anytime I buy something to eat they make remarks about "you don't eat like a diabetic." I don't know how many times I've wanted to yell at them I'm a diabetic and this is what I eat, so yes I eat like a diabetic. I even had to get the store owner involved a few times because the managers refused to sell me a fudge sundae. Nobody up there understands what it means to be a diabetic. Half of the stuff they're trying to tell me I should be doing (like that bit about drinking water) is more than 20 years out of date.

Elrond 2010-09-01 18:00:20 -0500 Report

I'd like to have a quarter for every time a helpful individual has looked me straight in the eye after learning of my diabetes and imparted the sage advice: "Don't eat sugar."

vpickle 2010-09-02 17:44:55 -0500 Report

you can just tell them what I say when I hear that, "Well, seeing as I am a type 1 diabetic, and not type 2 like you think I am but are wrong about, unless you want to see me on the floor unconcious and dead, then I will go ahead and eat my sugar thank you very much. that usually stops them dead in their tracks. and since i'm big on education, then you have to explain it and be respectful unfortunately, even though you feel like screaming at them.

scribbles 2010-09-01 20:38:05 -0500 Report

I'd settle for a nickel. I am the oldest of 12 and mother was adopted, so my email gets a workout after every doctor visit.
I get rather 'rowdy' sometimes. I had a stranger at church ask about my 'ugly' bracelet (MedicAlert), then proceed to tell me how to live and what to eat. I asked to see her badge. Since she was acting like a 'food cop', I wanted her to prove it! She went away and the junior deacon laughed so hard he had to sit down.
How many 'food cops' are messing with you?

Ashhyatt 2010-08-31 16:04:50 -0500 Report

Do reseach! I had a grandfather that was a diabetic many years ago. And when I found out I was a diabetic my mom had learned so much more then what was told to my grandfather. After you do research and feel that you have learned a lot when someone gives you bad advice you can educate those people on the real facts.

MAYS 2010-08-30 22:46:14 -0500 Report

Research, research, research!
Ask your doctor, your dietician, your diabetes medical team questions, ask them until they get upset, go home, get on your computer and do some more research.

Researching information is a lot easier now than it was 10-20 years ago.
We were once limited in finding out information pertaining to anything, now it's so much easier, so what if you have to spend a little time searching, do it, we are limited because WE limit ourselves.

Know what you know to be true, disregard what you know to be faulty, or false, seek out and find out what you do not know.
It's up to you.


sisson 2010-08-30 21:40:09 -0500 Report

You know what is so funny is that there is so many people around that have all the right things to say but don't practice it themselves. Water don't don't work for everyone. Some of us need icewater, to going for a walk do some exercize and I know this might sound a little funny but eat a little something to bring down your sugars. And then we have alot of people that don't like to practice what they preach. I know because I have a bad time keeping up with my diet at times. Which is hared to do because some times I have to cook to diffrent meals.

angelalock 2010-08-30 20:11:31 -0500 Report

i detest the people who tell you it's your own fault. okay, okay, i will take some responsibility for the lifestyle i led contributing to mine, but, really? my 4 year old cousin CAUSED her diabetes 1? i think not. and, to further styme the naysayers, her mother has always feed her children natural, healthy food. little breads and such, little to no sweets. it is hereditary. i'm aware of at least the last 5 generations of my mother's side of the family having diabetics.

LennyDenny 2010-08-27 07:45:32 -0500 Report

Your reply was right on, it seems no matter what the problem might be someone out there has some kind of what I call dumb way to get rid of it. You are right water is good for you but I haven't seen it cure anything yet. Keep on doing what your doing.

realsis77 2010-08-29 12:40:35 -0500 Report

I agree! Its crazy what people will come up with sometimes! Just take it with a grain of salt so to speak :)

Guardianstone 2010-08-26 22:32:18 -0500 Report

Hi Wolfettia,
I must know some of the same wise people. Drink more water, eat less, eat the right foods, get more sleep, exercise, etc. All the helpful suggestions from people who thought they were trying to help. I pray that they don't have to learn the way we did.

Guardian stone

donna50 2010-08-26 22:11:55 -0500 Report

yes i even here this from my on husbund that it is my fault that i have diabetes he used to say just lose weight and you will end your diabetes did that and blod suger still out of wacked that is why i join this group because they know that it is not your fault

chiefgreybeard 2010-08-28 08:10:49 -0500 Report

He may get that message on the news. The govenement reports that the numbers of people overweight has increased, so has diabetes. So I think people are educated that way too.

Harlen 2010-08-26 21:55:57 -0500 Report

All the time lol
I am a T2 and so menny think that you do this to your self and thats just no so.My life styl may have helped me get there faster but I didnt do this to me!
Thats one or the reasons I love this site Diabetics helping diabetics.
There are other good places to get info ,I like to try things that has worked for others but thats just me.
Best wishes All

newbie51 2010-08-28 08:19:33 -0500 Report

I am like you Harlen. I like totry things that helped others too. This site is really great!!

RAYT721 2010-08-26 21:47:06 -0500 Report

The saddest thing is that even doctors and dietitians are giving the same advice. I think that is giving false hope. Another "trick" (or misinformation) from the medical professionals is to threaten people with medication or insulin as a punishment for not losing weight or exercising or following "orders." Granted these are noteworthy things to do for control but medication/insulin is part of control and should not be seen as a punishment "if you don't …" … We need to do our best and be our best but this misinformation runs rampant even among those we believe to be "experts." Oh, I understand the people who think we got "sugar diabetes" from eating sugar … they are just misinformed and using stereotypes but hearing it from specialists … come on! If you want us to treat ourselves with respect, at least treat us with respect and know the difference between fact and fiction if you're a doctor, dietitian, or diabetes police. Lead me not into temptation… I can find it myself!!! :)

LennyDenny 2010-08-27 10:26:30 -0500 Report

You are so right - I got lucky with my dr. she started me out with diet and exercise and no medication. When she saw that wasn't working that was when she started with the medication. I does mean a lot to be respected by our dr. (you know it's seems like I just follow temtation everywhere.)

HLG01 2010-08-30 22:43:47 -0500 Report

It depends on what your blood sugar was when you were diagnosed. If your A1C was just slightly elevated, that is probably the right thing to do. but if one's A1c is high, like over 10, many dr. now are puting patients on insulin first to bring down their sugar as fast as possible, in order to avoid complications. One of my freind chose not to go on insulin when he was diagnosed, he has been regreting it ever since. during the period he was struggling to change his diet, and get into an exercise routine, high blood sugar continued to damage his nerve…make a long story short, some of his nerve damage are now permanent, he said he had suffered needlessly, all because he didn't want to tell his family and friends he is on insulin…go on insulin signals failure…I think aggressive treatments can save many diabetics a lot of pain later on, most doctors do know what they are doing…as least all the ones I encountered.

rikanpam 2010-09-01 09:30:47 -0500 Report

My A1C was 11.9 when I was first diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes 3 years ago. My last doctor visit (august 19) my doctor informed me that my A1C was 6.7. What is truly remarkable is that we did it without insulin. I only take Metformin and glimiperide…and very little of both… My doctor had to have been impressed because she wouldn't have said anything…it is remarkable..

Gemm 2010-08-28 12:33:17 -0500 Report

My husband and I are very fortunate that we have a doctor who understands that while our life-style choices may have contributed to our having diabetes they did not necessarily cause it - it runs in my husband's family - 4 of the 5 boys have it and their father died from complications of not taking care of his. Our doctor is very helpful with advice but also is supportive of where we are in trying to make changes that we are doing and helping us monitor where we are both with those changes and with our diabetes & BG levels. He even helped my husband get into a world-wide study on a new insulin that is a 1x a day that is supposed to help regulate both highs and lows and it seems to be helping as he doesn't have nearly as many of either anymore.

I was just recently diagnosed as full diabetic after having been hypoglycemic for many years. About 8 years ago my hypoglycemia went into what they called "critical mode" and I had to take all processed sugars out of my diet as they were causing my blood sugar to drop, often to dangerous levels. The last 8 months to year I've been noticing small things that seemed to have changed and had been starting to record some really unusual highs in my blood sugar levels. When I talked to our doctor about it he agreed to retest - that 2 hr glucose test - and told me that yes, I had gone from hypoglycemic to diabetic as I had been told I probably would at some point. For now we are trying to work with just diet, as he did with my husband when he was 1st diagnosed. We will see how that works before trying medications. He has never held medications or treatments over us for any condition as a threat or punishment - just as another part of the whole treatment of whatever condition we are talking about at the moment (if you look at my profile you'll see I have quite a few LOL)

As for advice elsewhere - if the person isn't diabetic or have a family member who is I just ignore them if they are trying to tell me something stupid. It's a lot easier than getting mad at them or trying to argue. I have a lot better things to do with my life and time than waste energy on stupidity — like come back here where people do understand. :)


MAYS 2010-08-26 21:24:22 -0500 Report

It happens all the time!

Pynetree 2010-09-01 12:42:13 -0500 Report

Think some people just are facinated by the sound of their own voice, and giving advice - however wrong - makes them think they are smart!

Old youngster
Old youngster 2010-09-02 12:05:33 -0500 Report

I understand that. One of the people I work with is studying to become a doctor. I recently had a horrible blood sugar (448). He was being a **** and asked the exact number. When I told him what it was, he told me to drink some OJ and get it up! This guy is about to graduate from med school.