Failure To Understand ...

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-06-12 10:58:28 -0500
Started 2011-02-21 09:09:52 -0600

Are you the same as the diabetic seated next to you in your doctors office?

Most people fail to realize that diabetes affects each individual differently.

Each individual case of diabetes is unique to the individual diabetic.

Many diabetics operate off of the impression that what is good for one diabetic, is good for all diabetics, but that's far from being true.

Your diabetic, medical needs are different from mine, your daily calorie intake is different from mine, your carbohydrate intake is different from mine.
As an individual your daily diabetic plan for better health should be designed around your needs, from meals, to medications, to exercise, to doctors and specialist.

Many diabetics ask of one another; "What do you do," or "What do you take?"

(In my opinion) your questions should be directed at your diabetes medical team, you may not like their methods, or their answers, is it because they are wrong, or is it because it may not be what you may want, or what you may want to hear?

Accept the fact that you are an individual, that your diabetic needs (should be) catered around you, and that you control the success or the failure of managing your diabetes.


13 replies

dmax32 2011-06-12 10:58:28 -0500 Report

I have always spoke frankly to my doctors regarding my diagnosis.. My last doctor would listen and then disregard every concern. My new doctor also has diabetes and I feel comfortable speaking with him openly about how I am getting along on his diet, meds, and my personal experiences with how my body is reacting to everything… It has been a big help and he so far has been a constant support of my questions!

alanbossman 2011-02-21 19:40:35 -0600 Report

I agree Mays we are all individuals in our treatment of our bodies. Because we are all different in our treatment of our health. To many dietitians say you need 40 to 70 grams of carbs a day. Some of us can not eat that many carbs in a day. My sugars would be through the roof if i ate that many cabs a day.Thats why you test to see what carbs work for you.

MAYS 2011-02-22 10:14:54 -0600 Report

I agree with you 100%!
Testing and documenting the results are both very important.

PetiePal 2011-02-21 13:57:02 -0600 Report

That's been a tough thing for my father to realize. While he can't have ice cream or certain types of foods the spikes for myself are much different. There are plenty of things I can have that he can't and vice versa. Our treatments are fairly different and sometimes our symptoms and side effects.

Always bear in mind that what works for others may not be your path and that's really one you have to discover and figure out on your own with your medical care team.

MAYS 2011-02-21 14:39:57 -0600 Report

You, and your father are great examples of this discussion.
And I agree with your final statement which is well said and very true:

" Always bear in mind that what works for others may not be your path and that's really one you have to discover and figure out on your own with your medical care team."

GabbyPA 2011-02-21 13:04:55 -0600 Report

This was my first frustration with my diagnosis. The NP that was seeing me at the time just told me to take these pills because ALL diabetics should be taking these pills. REALLY? I was so mad, because even then when I knew very little, the one thing I did know is that I am not a collective, I am an individual. My doctor is better with me, and there are still times when I get lumped in with the crowd. But we discuss more things more now.

MAYS 2011-02-21 14:35:46 -0600 Report

It so hard for most people to understand that.
You must insist on being treated as an individual, because you are, I am glad to see that you stand firm in your belief in being treated as an individual.
Maintain that relationship with your doctor, it's well worth it!

GabbyPA 2011-02-21 20:10:32 -0600 Report

It took a lot to get there. People here are who helped me find my voice in the doctor's office. I had to take my husband a couple of times to be my encouragement. Now I can do it myself. I also do it when I go to the doctor with him. I am always asking a million questions. But that is how I learn and how they see that I am not just going to take things lying down. Yes, it is worth it.

Mary1969 2011-02-21 22:11:03 -0600 Report

I went through this with my father whom I took constantly to the Dr's for 1 thing or another.(NEVER diabetes though) He just passed from Alzheimers & other medical issues..I would ask SOOO many questions when Dr's would suggest something for him..He was on more than 10 med's a day and I HAD to keep track or have a clue what was what and WHY they gave them to him. When I comes to myself and Dr's, I try to do the same. My Endo. is just soo snobby that I can't even finish a question without her butting in..Urrrggghh.. Done with her as of 4/1/11… : ) I guess the more we ask & learn the better..Also, through experience >> ours or other diabetics.

MAYS 2011-02-22 10:12:22 -0600 Report

For a better understanding, and for your personal peace of mind always ask questions and do your research, you will definitely feel better about your situation by doing so!

realsis77 2011-02-21 10:31:37 -0600 Report

I completely agree. When presented with questions like that I always suggest that they speak to their health care provider. Its extremely important to have an open realationship with your doctor. I also agree completly that everyones needs are different. I'm a 110 pound person and my insulin dose is not going to work for a 120 pound person.there's so many more variables that's just one example. Good post Mays! :)

MAYS 2011-02-21 11:39:20 -0600 Report

Thank you!
I agree with your point on having an open relationship with your doctor, many diabetics expect instant cures, or miracles from their doctors yet they forget that they must manage their diabetes, not their doctor.
I am not being judgemental, I'm just being realistic on this subject.


realsis77 2011-02-21 11:58:48 -0600 Report

So true. Its a 50/50 realationship. The doctor gives the treatment and its up to us to follow through. if its not working in some way its also OUR responsiability to talk to our doctor about that. The doctors can not read our minds and this is where we must be able to speak with our doctor about our concerns and change our treatment accordingly.I don't think your being judgemental at all! Your speaking truth. Its up to us to follow our treatment plans and speak up if we feel the plan isn't working for us so it can be changed to more suit our personal or physical needs! Have a great day Mays! You always have such great posts!

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