Diabetes and the CDC

Richard157
By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-04-22 17:39:16 -0500
Started 2011-02-21 12:09:36 -0600

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that diabetes is a chronic disease, but they also say diabetes is preventable??? What do you folks think about that ? I DISAGREE!!!

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jim healthy
jim healthy 2012-04-19 12:24:31 -0500 Report

Two more pieces of information for the debate, indicating that Type 2 is indeed preventable…
First: “Despite the fact that we now know how to prevent Type 2 diabetes in many cases — through lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity — we continue to see this disease climb,” announced Dr. Catherine C. Cowie, research director at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — looked at statistical data regarding diabetes and found that the disease has continued to grow and grow despite the fact that we know how to prevent it from developing.” (See full news release at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/one-i....)
Second: In 2001, the largest study ever conducted to test the ability of diet and exercise to
prevent diabetes … proved to be a smashing success. The doctor who led the study was Dr. David Nathan.
He and colleagues at 27 medical centers around the country enrolled 3,234 people and assigned them to receive metformin, a placebo, or a lifestyle program involving educational classes and coaches who kept track of their progress. The study found that after three years the lifestyle program cut the participants' risk of developing diabetes by more than half — an even better result than metformin had.
As Nathan told the New York Times: "We weren't asking them to train for a marathon. They're a bunch of pretty normal people who are at a high risk for diabetes. We didn't grow them in a test tube. What we asked them to do, in the end, was not overwhelming. I don't see this as out of reach for the 10 million people who are at high risk for diabetes." (From Diabetes Rising by Dan Hurley — Kaplan publishing; 2010 – p. 75.)

robertoj
robertoj 2012-04-17 02:39:49 -0500 Report

I believe that T2 is preventable. Even if you are predisposed to it. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle it may not develop. On the other hand, you can do everything right and still get it, but that is probably rare. The fact that it is preventable for many in no way means that you are at fault. By the time we get a dx, the only thing we need concern ourselves is how to get good control of it.

tess300
tess300 2012-04-16 02:50:27 -0500 Report

If a person at a younger age is careful about their diet and exercise I believe the odds are in their favor of not developing diabetes. On the other hand I believe that some people are predesposed to inherit it. Both my parents were diabetic. and two of my brothers.

Dennis1963
Dennis1963 2012-04-14 16:40:38 -0500 Report

I believe it is preventable. But the problem is in the real world how many people who do not have diabetes live lives to prevent it? What I mean is, before I was diagnosed, I wasn't thinking what could I do so I will not become a diabetic? It sure wasn't my sugar or carb intake, I know people who are over weight and eat ten times more sugar and carbs then I do and they are not diabetic.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-15 16:15:36 -0500 Report

Yet. I'll bet at some point if they keep up this life style they will be a type 2. Oh, maybe not all of them. I think with all the fast foods and preservatives added and the large portions served and then throw in that most don't get exercise due to work, busy lives the body has to protest in some way. How long does it take before one pays attention to it? I can't say why one person gets it and another doesn't, but if you look at the number of type 2 diabetics today and how it has clearly grown from years ago, then you have to think it's due to lifestyle, which is why drs say to make these changes immediately.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2012-04-15 15:54:58 -0500 Report

Hi, Dennis … How do you know they aren't diabetic? Most people without symptoms rarely get their bllod glucose tested. Type 2 develops on a continuum without noticable physical symptoms for 15-20 years. P.S. If you didn't consume a lot of sugar and carbs, why do you was responsible for your diagnosis? Is there a lot of Type 2 in your family history? Just curious. Jim H

Richard157
Richard157 2012-04-15 09:54:03 -0500 Report

Most overweight people never become diabetics. I have read that people who have the type 2 gene are predisposed to become diabetics. Becoming overweight is the trigger under those circumstances. The gene is the underlying cause, but the overweight is the trigger. I have been type 1 since 1945, but I gained weight in the 1990s. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance and have been taking a type 2 med for 13 years. A type 1 with insulin resistance is a double diabetic. I have several relatives with type 2, so I feel that I must have the type 2 gene. Not everyone with type 2 relatives will necessarily have the gene, so they may never be type 2, even if they become overweight. My sister has been about 90 pounds overweight for many years, but she does not have diabetes. She obviously does not have the type 2 gene.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2012-04-15 15:57:27 -0500 Report

Hi, Richard… I beg to differ. It isn't the weight that is the trigger, it's insulin resistance. Pls see my comment below about what genetic scientists say about genetics "causing" Type 2. Jim H

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 17:12:39 -0500 Report

How many people who are just living their lives have any idea what goes into preventing it? That's what I was thinking as I wrote my response (below).

I suspect Type 2, at least, is often, if not always, preventable, but when so many factors are involved in the prevention, it's almost like saying you need to live in a perfect environment, with a perfect life, to be able to do it.

Minimizing environmental stress would be a good starting point; as would teaching our children to eat in a really healthy manner, by which I DON'T mean choosing chicken mcnuggets instead of a hamburger and fries!

Dennis1963
Dennis1963 2012-04-14 17:21:58 -0500 Report

Yes, I understood your idea and I agree. Your absolutely right.

I believe one contributing factor in type 2 diabetes is the so many fast food restaurants. Years ago when our grandparents and theirs cooked it was homemade, all from scratch. No preservatives and fillers and the so many other bad things. Fresh meats, fresh vegetables with no flavor enhancers. Etc…etc…

And from this perspective, what does one do? Eat one less Big-mac? One less plate at the Chinese buffet?

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-15 09:48:50 -0500 Report

I don't doubt that eating habits and the fast food industry are contributing factors. However, when judging how we eat now compared to how our fathers ate I am not sure their diet was all that safe either. Not until recent years has there been much knowledge or emphasis on healthy eating. It may have not been fast food but it was probably high in saturated fats and refined sugars. We have to keep in mind that some people who come down with type 2 are not obese and my be very health conscious. Therefore while diet is important, I do not believe diet can be the sole consideration for preventing type 2.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 17:34:14 -0500 Report

What I've done is to go back to the basics. I cook from whole, fresh, organic foods. I avoid chemicals in the food chain as much as is possible. I know I'm allergic to preservatives, colorings, as well as being gluten intolerant, so I just use good whole food and cook my own. It's so different that when I checkout at the grocery, I frequently get comments from the checkers about "how healthily I eat". I also filter my water for the same reasons.

It's working for me. I've not used meds for 3 years now and I am in the normal range of blood glucose (80-120) and A1c is close to normal (5.7). Then, of course, I walk for exercise and I really focus on reducing my reactions to the stress in my life. All I can do, in my opinion, is control those factors I can influence … admittedly there is still a lot out there that affects me that I can't control. That's where my version of the serenity prayer comes in … and the wisdom to know the difference!

Dennis1963
Dennis1963 2012-04-14 17:11:35 -0500 Report

When you see others who may be overweight, don't exorcize and they eat all sorts of junk food, and they are not diabetics,… It would be the last thing on my mind concerning myself who lived a much healthier lifestyle.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 15:17:47 -0500 Report

I am Type 2 with NO family history of diabetes. Given the quirks of genetics, the vulnerability called diabetes could have been in the genes waiting for something to "turn it on", but its not been seen in my family for the 3-4 generations that I know of, so no clues there.

I was healthy, happy, and at a good weight until I broke my back (L5) in two places in a hit-and-run auto accident. That led to intense pain, incredible physical and emotional stress, and much medication (pain pills, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatants) which I had never used before. Two months in bed healing changed my active life style filled with exercise to a much more sedentary one. These factors also contributed to a sleep disturbance and many years of insomnia following the accident. We've all now read the studies that say sleep problems are one of the many triggers, but the studies hadn't been done yet in 1994 when I broke my back.

I believe this was MY recipe for diabetes. These factors/stresses led to insulin resistance which triggered weight gain and, these forces all combined, I developed diabetes because my body could no longer cope with the stresses. To this, I added environmental stresses, because I had been allergic to chemical additives in my food since age 25, and was employed in a high stress job handling over $32,000,000 in contracts for my employer yearly. As I look back, I can say with no hesitation: no wonder I developed diabetes!!!!! At the time, I had no clue that any of these things could cause it and was just doing the best I could to cope with what life threw at me.

So, yes, it was probably preventable if I had been omniscient about how these factors would all blend together to create a problem for me, but at the time it was simply something called LIVING MY LIFE to the best of my ability. This is a complicated disease with complicated causes/triggers. To say "it is all caused by your diet, or being overweight" is a laughable, and insulting, oversimplification.

It is a very complex condition and it's etiology is equally complex.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-15 10:03:24 -0500 Report

Wow, what a strong statement. I agree with everything you had to say. I don't know that there is such a thing as a recipe for diabetes. Everything that I have read here and learned otherwise is that stress is the common factor that is present in every instance of type 2 diabetes. What causes the stress can vary. Our autonomic nervous system is the complicating factor. The stresses that can cause it to fail can be relatively simple.

fancyqtr
fancyqtr 2012-04-14 13:48:48 -0500 Report

Too many doctors (and laypeople) are always saying that Diabetes is preventable and ONLY caused by obesity. Obviously, that is not the case with Type 1, but it is also not the case with type II. While mine might have been lifestyle, Type II also runs in my family. My grandmother, aunt and uncle all had it and my dad was considered "borderline" (I think his numbers were around 200). When I was diagnosed I wasn't all that heavy, either, having dropped over 60 pounds due to cancer. I know of people who developed diabetes due to use of steroid treatment when they had cancer treatments, also.

While the lifestyles of people have increased the incidence of diabetes and in many cases it could be preventable in those cases, it is definitely not preventable in all cases and doctors need to quit saying it is. There is even one in Colorado on a diabetes board that has told the news that ALL diabetes is caused by people being overweight. I think that doctors like that should be taken off that program until they learn to tell the truth.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-04-14 13:59:25 -0500 Report

Agreed! My brother recently took chemo for colon cancer and developed what his Dr.s term "chemo-induced" insulin resistance which apparently is somewhat common. We are praying that this is a temporary side effect.

My grandmother developed "medication-induced" insulin resistance in her 90's but once the offending med was eliminated, her blood glucose returned to normal :)

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 14:59:11 -0500 Report

Can you encourage him to go on one of our Type 2, low carb—high protein, insulin reducing food plans? That's how they work — by reducing insulin resistance.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-04-14 16:11:33 -0500 Report

Carol, my brother, after watching me battle T1 for 32 years, is in denial that D could happen to him. I desperately need advice to get across to him how serious this is. He is older than me and has always protected me; now the tables have turned and hes unwilling to accept advice from his "baby" sister :(

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-04-18 20:56:57 -0500 Report

Don't give up on him Dietcherry, I lost my younger brother a few years ago, he would never follow his Doctor's orders, a couple dropped him because of it, and I don't blame them. This may be the reason when I see someone being hard headed I get a bit tart with my replies and statements.
Tom

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 16:35:33 -0500 Report

That is a toughie: that old "prophet in his own country" thing that makes it so difficult for our older family members to hear us. Is there anyone in his life that you might be able to work with or through — significant other, parent, respected aunt/uncle, or friend?

fancyqtr
fancyqtr 2012-04-14 14:15:32 -0500 Report

The person I know of has had the diabetes now for almost 16 years (16 year cancer survivor). There are a couple others who also reported they got the diabetes from meds like that. My diabetes led to the cancer diagnosis, so the treatments didn't cause mine. More correctly, the diabetes saved my life, though I wish it would go away now.

Richard157
Richard157 2012-04-14 17:29:29 -0500 Report

I had cancer in 2002 and radiation treatment and chemo took care of it. I have been cancer free for 10 years now. that scared me much more than diabetes ever did.

fancyqtr
fancyqtr 2012-04-14 18:27:38 -0500 Report

Richard, I am so glad that you beat the cancer. The diabetes didn't scare me so much, but that cancer diagnosis terrified me. For diabetes I started controlling what I ate. For cancer I didn't really have any control, especially at late stage. But I am very grateful to my doctors, chemo nurses and God for my recovery.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-14 17:36:39 -0500 Report

Oh, it would me too, Richard!!! Much more and that's odd, since they are both deadly when left untreated. It's probably the control factor: I'm in charge of my diabetes and I would feel totally out of control with cancer.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-04-14 14:28:24 -0500 Report

Im thrilled your friend beat cancer!!! My brother is cancer-free now too thank the good Lord above! Time will tell on the insulin resistance :)

Im guessing when you were seen and treated for D, they discovered the C ???

fancyqtr
fancyqtr 2012-04-14 16:54:03 -0500 Report

After I was diagnosed I was told I had to start going to a doctor (I didn't have enough money to even pay bills), so I went to the clinic where they take a program that helps low income and started going there, first with a NP who wasn't too good, then with my current doctor. She found the C at my 2nd visit and spent two hours with me talking me into the surgery. I still don't have any money for bills, but I am cancer free now.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-04-14 11:19:22 -0500 Report

Type 1 is a different animal in how it attacks. Something is going wrong inside that makes our pancreas not so nice. I imagine there are still exterior things that affect this, but it is more genetic than not.

Type 2, while I am not sure it is preventable, it sure could be postponable. Until we find out what actually triggers it, it is just a guessing game for us as to what to do to not get it. I believe it goes way back to our childhood and how the foods have changed for us over the years of processing and adding all kinds of additives to everything we consume. I do believe that genetics are part of Type 2, but there is a lot of lifestyle that can affect it or trigger it as well.

But then you have healthy people who eat well, take care and they still get it. It is very perplexing and tacking it on to every single thing we do or consume makes it very hard to "prevent".

Richard157
Richard157 2012-04-15 10:13:33 -0500 Report

Gabby, 70% of the type 1 diabetics in the US do not have relatives with type 1. The pancreas can stop producing insulin for many reasons. Injuries, viruses, unhealthy environment, etc can trigger type 1. It does not have to involve a genetic link. My diabetes was diagnosed in 1945 while I was recovering from mumps and chickenpox. I had all the classic symptoms of diabetes at that time, when I was 6 years old. Type 2 diabetes is usually genetically linked, but type 1 is not as likely to be due to genes.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-04-15 13:30:58 -0500 Report

Hello Richard! I have a question for you: I had an Endo once who claimed that those with auto-immune disorders have a "super-immunity" that keeps their immune system on high alert at all times. If they have the gene for any of the 90 auto-immune disorders currently recognized, then the trigger, if encountered, will kick it off eventually. Have you ever heard this ???

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-04-15 10:22:12 -0500 Report

Wow, I didn't know that. I knew there were a lot of things that could happen to cause it to appear, but I thought it was more genetic than that. With it being an autoimmune issue, I thought it would be more a reaction to attacks that "normal" person's body could handle, but a diabetic predispositioned one could not.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-14 09:34:46 -0500 Report

I think it may well be preventable. If it was all in our genes the frequency of occurrence would be remaining constant. Instead it is increasing in frequency like an epidemic. That does not mean that it is all about taking personal responsibility to prevent it. It just means that there is something going on that we do not completely understand.

I believe in my case it was stress induced. I had sleep problems that could have been treated but were not. My sleep problems were not all in my head or psychological in nature. After I had contracted type 2 I was put on Trazodone which has done wonders to address the sleep problem.

alexiskim
alexiskim 2012-04-14 21:46:47 -0500 Report

I was recently diagnosed and believe that a high level of stress has most certainly exacerbated my diabetes. However, my first visit with the endocrinologist the other and when I mentioned stress she cut me off and said that stress has very little effect on my numbers and wouldnt talk more of it…I am very curious to see how this doctor is the next time around because so far I believe that is not being sensitive to treating the individual with diabetes! I am glad to see someone else say that theirs is stress induced! Thank you for that!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-04-15 09:47:41 -0500 Report

It is hard at first, but as you work your relationship with your doctor, you need to let them know that you will not be "put off" or have your observances "set aside". You don't need a doctor who won't listen to you. It does go both ways, but you should never let yourself be put down by your doctor. I had to work up to being able to stand up for what I observe in my body. We are all different and there should not be any blanket statements.

Stress is a HUGE factor in many things. Our sleep, our blood pressure, our weight issues and our glucose numbers. Stress messes with the body in a big way and low doses of constant stress are sometimes the worst. So do some research and take that back with you. It will give you confidence to stand up for yourself.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-15 09:30:37 -0500 Report

I guess that after you have come down with type 2, being concerned with what caused it doesn't help much. I think sometimes the medical community wants to make sure you do not find self serving excuses for your condition. But if they addressed the issue of stress as a factor in causing diabetes they could potentially help a lot of people in a preventive way. Sleep problems and obesity are issues that are related to stress and they have become epidemic in frequency as has diabetes. That is pretty strong evidence that stress is a common factor.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-04-15 09:50:03 -0500 Report

Yes, I do agree that using it as an "excuse" is not wise. But as you said, identifying the problem can help us with better control after we have it and can help those who don't have it yet to maybe postpone it for a while.

sallicia
sallicia 2012-04-14 10:49:58 -0500 Report

In my case My type1 diabetes at age10 in1970 it was wieht realted! And i DON'T believe that it was preventable! I was 10 years old when I wasDiagnosied withh type1 DiabetesSalley

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-14 11:01:08 -0500 Report

Type 1 diabetes is surely more related to genetic predisposition than type 2. I would suppose that your case was not preventable. In the case where your immune system attacks the beta cells of your pancreas the problem is more genetic and less preventable.

sallicia
sallicia 2012-04-14 11:27:39 -0500 Report

Dan360, noNo my Type1 Diabetes was not really considered to be gentic! Because the only oher person in my Family whom had diabetes was my Grandma on Mom"s side of the Family and she had Type2 diabetes! Iam the only type1 diabetic in my Family! Sallicia

Dan360
Dan360 2012-04-14 11:41:34 -0500 Report

Well, the point is it is either preventable or not. What other factors would make it non-preventable and non-genetic? If it is not in your genes it is at least borderline preventable. If it is in you genes it is not preventable.

chevystang
chevystang 2012-04-09 10:13:54 -0500 Report

I dont have it yet, but I had to have some blood work done, and the doc:s nurse called and said my sugar was a little high. Being a truck driver it scared the hell out of me .If I get it and have to start using a needle , I am done with driving, they will pull my medical card &dis quallify me.

fancyqtr
fancyqtr 2012-04-14 13:29:42 -0500 Report

According the the ADA, being on insulin does not automatically mean you can no longer drive a truck anymore. Also, having diabetes doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to go on insulin.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-09 07:04:52 -0500 Report

As a T1 like others diagnosed 7 months ago was healthy, exercised, etc… It hit me hard, no explanation, dr. Said something mat have attacked my system, D is on both sides my dad is legally blind as a T2, moms side it's all over. I find myself now fighting every day so as not to be a statistic as far as the complications of D!

shnell25
shnell25 2012-04-09 09:03:18 -0500 Report

I believe if we didn't have all these over processed foods on the market, with all these terrible added chemicals, a lot of the issues we face wouldn't be so prevalent. Our bodies are not meant to ingest all these science made chemicals (that are supposed to help preserve the foods or give them their color, etc.).

As a result of years of ingesting all these dangerous chemicals, etc. our bodies are now attacking us. If we go back to a holistic and natural eating lifestyle/diet, I believe that we can combat these issues. It will take a few years(maybe decades) to see a change, but it can happen.

whiteTtger99
whiteTtger99 2012-04-09 07:18:43 -0500 Report

Diabetes isn't called a rich man's disease for nothing. My dad was diet and exercise for over a decade. He's now on medication. I was diet controlled at the beginning. I'm now a T2 on insulin.

My point is you can control it. Diabetes is one of the most controllable illnesses.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-09 09:25:01 -0500 Report

You are so right, this is the only disease that you're handed where the Doctor can say, "Now it's up to you as far as the outcome or progression!" We are the ones that decide where and how far D takes us! We have to control IT and not let it control us!

shnell25
shnell25 2012-04-09 10:31:09 -0500 Report

That is so true! If you hear the diagnosis and let that define you then you won't be able to control it. To me KNOWING is better than not knowing. At least now that I know what I have, I can do the research, ask the questions and based on the answers and research, make the choices that will benefit me.

juddll
juddll 2012-04-09 06:56:19 -0500 Report

In my case I think it was preventable. I am 40 years old and very obese. I just found out I am diabetic two weeks ago. I ended up in the hospital for a bad infection and they tested me. It took a week to get it into normal range but now I have been fairly successful keeping it there. The hard part now is that I have been put in a nursing home to heal and there idea of a carb modified diet boggles my mind. There is no way creamy potato and cheese soup with a grilled ham and American cheese on white bread and a cherry cobbler desert is a carb modified diet. I am going hungry and I know that isn't good for me either. If all goes well I will be out of here in three weeks. It so far the care seems sub standard. Being new to diabetes this is very frustrating.

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-02-20 00:56:51 -0600 Report

I disagree!!!
A healthy diet and exercise can postpone Type 2, but if you are genetically predisposed Diabetes will eventually catch up to you.

alexiskim
alexiskim 2012-04-14 21:49:23 -0500 Report

I agree! Isn't that what this "new" Type 1.5 is all about? I am 28 have always been fairly thin and active however I am suddenly diabetic? I dont believe there is anything I could have done more to prevent my illness…

shnell25
shnell25 2012-04-09 10:37:39 -0500 Report

Deana you are right! I've known people who have been diagnosed with T2 and with diet and proper excersise have been taken off their medications and given a good (I won't say clean) bill of health. That doesn't mean they aren't still conscientious of the foods they eat and how they treat their bodies, because it's not the case. They still eat low carb diets. Many have cut out fast food from their diets and they monitor their glucose levels.

Some have been the first in their families diagnosed with diabetes and others have a family history. The point is, they were proactive in accepting their diagnosis and adjusting their diets and lifestyles accordingly.

I am FINALLY in that place myself and after teaching my son about the family history of diabetes, we have adopted a healthier lifestyle. He only eats fish and maintains a vegetarian lifestyle and I have limited the amount of red meat and pork that I eat and I mainly eat seafood and chicken. I don't eat many pasta based meals as I used to and we both are eating more fruit and vegetables. We have started working out together and he challenges me (which is what I need). Making this a "family affair" has brought us closer and it is making us both healthier and happier people.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-28 01:40:03 -0600 Report

This is nothing new. That is why there is so much talk about how overweight/underactive our society is. By taking care of both then diabetes can be eliminated/prevented. Those of us who are type 1 must use insulin and this doesn't appy. However we still need to exercise and keep our weight under control. Having juvenile diabetes, I wish I could have prevented it. I was slim and an athlete and it never went away.

sallicia
sallicia 2012-04-14 11:10:49 -0500 Report

What happens with Type1 Diabetes is:That your Pancrease dose not produce the Hooooremone Insulin any more!or stops producing Isulin in your body that is how you gt Type1 Diabetes and a person with problem has type1 diabetes for the rest of our lives! So there fore it is not preventablle for us! Sallicia

abailey00
abailey00 2012-01-16 22:20:46 -0600 Report

I am in my early 30's, very active, healthy and have no history of diabetes in my family, at least as far back as I could research, yet last year I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and now take quite a bit of medication to control my blood sugar, so I am not too sure diabetes is preventable.

MoeGig
MoeGig 2011-04-25 17:26:44 -0500 Report

Yes and No…in my opinion. (No, I'm not a politician, but I slept in a Holiday Inn once). If you are obese, and your pancreas can't produce enough insulin to feed those extra fat cells because there are so many of them, then diabetes in your case (usually Type 2) is preventable. If you're missing a gene or your immune system is rendering your beta cells ineffective thus attacking your insulin making capability, (always Type 1 and maybe sometime Type 2), then the disease is not preventable. Man, I feel like I'm trying to argue how to balance the budget…:>)

Richard157
Richard157 2011-04-25 17:57:42 -0500 Report

Actually I am more successful in balancing my budget, than I am at balancing my diabetes. Much of my budget is needed to balance my diabetes. Lol!

MoeGig
MoeGig 2011-04-25 19:17:39 -0500 Report

you must be a wealthy man…

Richard157
Richard157 2011-04-25 22:09:31 -0500 Report

I was a school teacher Moe, so I have never been wealthy. Lol! I do have to pay for some items like test strips. I am not sent as many strips as I want so I have to supplement until the next shipment arrives. My copays for my many doctor appointments, my part of the refilling prescriptions, etc also amounts to a lot of money in my budget.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 14:20:32 -0500 Report

With all the variables in diabetic care, I just don't know. I suspect that if I were 100% careful in everything I ate, that it would be in better control. But then, what about stress? That shoots my BG #'s up, no food required. Of course, telling me it is preventable, stresses me out!

Richard157
Richard157 2011-04-25 15:47:40 -0500 Report

A good post Jim! Stress is a peculiar variable. In discussions I have seen, there are many people who do have higher BG when stressed, but there also many whose BG is not affected by stress. Excitement tends to cause my BG to drop, and even cause a hypo.

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2011-04-25 13:42:12 -0500 Report

I think they misworded themselves. Diabetes can be delayed, if one takes care of themselves. There are a lot of factors in diabetes, and yes, some of what we do doesn't help it any. I was amazed when I started tracking my carbs just how many I consumed in a day and didn't really know it. I am much more knowledgeable now, after being diagnosed. If I had had that knowledge ahead of time, although I would probably had still developed the disease, I could have slowed that development by a decade or so.

A side note, I don't put much stock in what CDC or FDA states.

Richard157
Richard157 2011-04-25 15:44:47 -0500 Report

I have posted this discussion on several diabetes sites, and many agree with you. The CDC, FDA and even the ADA are not very up to date and not very accurate with their information.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2011-04-25 12:01:34 -0500 Report

I disagree!! I don't think that we really and truly know what causes diabetes. It tends to run in families but there are lots of thin people who get type 2 as well. I think the CDC is FOS!

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