It's not the same.

Old youngster
By Old youngster Latest Reply 2010-09-03 14:31:31 -0500
Started 2010-09-02 12:16:16 -0500

Lately I've gotten really sick and tired of people talking to me about diabetes. I've had some really negative comments made to me, like I'm not fat enough or old enough to be a diabetic. When I ask them what they mean, they start telling me stuff I've heard on the news and in diabetic newsletters that refer to type 2 diabetes. I'M TYPE 1!! Although a lot of the treatments are the same (watch what you eat, exercise, check sugar levels) there are some fundamental differences. I didn't have a choice about going on insulin.

Yeah, okay, I admit I don't always eat healthy, but who does? I enjoy a good meal, nothing dainty. Normally if given the choice, I'll go for the biggest piece of steak (or whatever meat) than go for the salad. I eat chocolate and candy. Sure, I can't eat a lot at once, but that doesn't mean people can tell me that I'm not allowed to eat it.

I get treated differently all the time, and I'm tired of it. I'm a diabetic yes, but first and foremost I'm a person. If anybody else has had problems like these, I'd like to know.


5 replies

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-09-03 14:31:31 -0500 Report

Being a diabetic is not about being fat or thin, young or old. It's about our bodies not utilizing the hormone insulin properly. Since insulin is produced by the body, it just makes sense that if you treat your body right with the proper nutrition and exercise, your body will work better because of it.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-02 23:02:56 -0500 Report

Happy day Old youngster,
Glad you got this off your chest, remember that everyone has an opinion & non are the same. Then there are some that should not open their mouths not even when asked a question. For we all have to remember listen think then speak. No one know your body like you so on that note your are the one held accountable to its well being. Be blessed & know that you are highly favored in the name of Jesus. You can listen to what is said but you do not have to abide w/what is all said.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-09-02 19:45:51 -0500 Report

So many people base their opinions and advice on stereotypes. I'm often told I am too thin to be diabetic and I so want to say "and you're too stupid to be a judge." But those critics are everywhere. The age, weight, race, family history, etc are risk factors not causes. The true cause of diabetes is the pancreas whether over or under working. That's the reality. I let my meter tell me what I can and cannot eat. I always thank others for your wisdom and concern and do what I want or need to do anyway. It's hard to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-02 19:22:14 -0500 Report

Diabetes Police Alert! Yep, it is a pain in the keester!
We all get those ill informed lectures and it just makes me want to scream. But then I think about all the misinformation I have on other chronic illnesses that I don't suffer from as well.

To be honest, unless you live it, you really don't understand it. So I take the time to educate when I can. And if it is falling on closed ears, I just move on. You can't fix stupid.

Here is a great video that can help you understand the Diabetes Police.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/185-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-the-diabetes-police

Harlen
Harlen 2010-09-02 15:50:39 -0500 Report

I just tell them to bugger off
And if that dosent work I tell them to get a life.
There are even docs that think that if your D your bad eater and dont exercise and even for T2 this is not always the case.
Best wishes
Harlen