All of you are welcome to participate in this discussion. If you were diagnosed with diabetes before 1990, you may give a negative response to some of the following questions. I have even seen people diagnosed since the year 2000 who would give some negative responses.
Did you have a doctor who told you…
1. To limit your carb intake, or follow a low carb diet?
From 1945 to 1988 I did not know carbs had anything to do with diabetes. I found the information in a magazine in 1988.
2. To limit your intake of fast acting carbs?
I did not know how to properly deal with fast acting carbs until I joined online diabetes forums in 2006.
3. To rotate sites to avoid scar tissue (assuming you use insulin)?
I was never told this until I started pumping in 2007, then I heard about it when I called my pump company on the phone. I used injections for almost 62 years without rotating sites, and developed permanent scar tissue without knowing it. My insulin absorption was poor and that caused much high blood sugar.
4. To not use a pump because your control was too poor, or too good?
I had good control in 2007 and my doctor said my control was too good to justify a pump. I went to an endo for a second opinion, and a pump was approved. Some doctors will deny a pump to diabetics who have poor control. It must be proved that the diabetic is capable of getting good control before a pump is justified.
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