Learning about dieabetes

By sisson Latest Reply 2008-10-21 08:15:19 -0500
Started 2008-09-18 12:54:49 -0500

Why don't doctors or nurses explane every thing to us? See I have been a dieabetic for 13 years and when I read what you guy's write it seem so forgine to me! You guy's talk about numbers, counting leavles and I feel lost. Up intill three day's I didn't know about half of the stuff that I have read from the coummty or this new book that I am reading today. It is called Beat Diabetes Naturally so far I seem to like it understanding it that another thing. I just Pray that with your guy's help I can understand better what has been happening to me all these years.

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GabbyPA 2008-10-21 08:15:19 -0500 Report

Sometimes I think that doctors feel if they tell us too much all at once we will get overwhelemed and lost in it all. I know when I first found out, I kind of paniced. Now, I take it one day at a time and keep trying to make the right choices for me.
When you visit your doctors, take a list of questions with you and go thru them together. They can't always remember what they have shared with you either. It does become a team effort and you know you will be teaching your doctor as well.

I have learned so very much here. I could not have ever researched and studied thru all the experiences and stories people share with us here. I already spend too much time on the internet as it is. LOL

You will do great here.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-19 18:11:56 -0500 Report

Bless your heart. That is a long time to be uniformed of a medical condition. Your in the right place. I have been learning alot her also. I wouldn't leave it up to the doctor, I would be like you and join a community of people, and read, and research.
Welcome Welcome Welcome, Leigh

MISS PAM 2008-09-18 19:20:34 -0500 Report

You are not alone I'm learning too. This is a great site and I'm thankful I found it quite by accident.

Toma 2008-09-18 15:39:53 -0500 Report

Hi Sisson,

The simple answer is they do not know and it is not all their fault. Treatment of diabetes is a recent and still evolving field. In 1950 less than 1% was diabetic and the majority at that time was type 1. Now over 90% of diabetics are type 2.

The first patent for the Ames Reflectance Meter, the first blood glucose meter, was issued September 14, 1971. Prior to that they tested by Peeing on paper stips. The first practical meters did not come until the mid 80’s. Most of the major advances have happened in the past 10 years. Based on the slow rate of change within the US medical system, it will be another 10 years before they are seen at the clinical level.

Dr, David Jenkins did not formulate and coin the phrase “Glycemic Index” until 1980-81. Even though it is gaining acceptance around the world and the concept is easily validated by a type 2 diabetic using their blood glucose meter, The ADA is still arguing over whether to adopt it and are still claiming sugar is ok and all carbs are the same so just count carbs. Even more advances have come out in the past three years like the connection between type 2 diabetes (and other inflammatory diseases) and inflammatory foods.

I think most of the people on this site who are informed are so because we have access to the internet and have learned how to use it. Here again is another advancement that was not available until the mid 80’S and not well developed until the late 90’s. When I was diagnosed in Feb 2005 there was very little in the way of good diabetic websites. I had to search the internet for hours every day on hundreds maybe even thousands of sites to find how to solve my own problem. In a sense I had an advantage since I was already on a 100% disability income with the VA and had nothing to interfer with the time it took to do the searching.

Since I found good answers and there was not a site that talked about them in a cohesive manner I built some. Keep searching and sharing and together as a community we can do our little part to work toward a healthier world where the best advice on preventing and treating type 2 diabetes is readily available and hopefully we can reverse the trend. If the trend continues, 1/3 of today’s babies will be diabetic within their life time according to the CDC.


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