Getting Educated....The secret to living well with diabetes,

By Cruise427 Latest Reply 2011-03-09 11:19:33 -0600
Started 2011-03-03 18:49:57 -0600

I just wanted to share with the community, some good information i read in a book the other day…
The secret to living well with diabetes has two main ingredients. The first is self-awareness. It helps to bring something of your character-your interests,goals,plans,and dreams-into your diabetes management plan. The more you know about who you are and what you want, the better you can tailor your diabetes care to fit your life. The second ingredient is good diabetes care information. The more you know about diabetes,the better your chances of living a long and healthy life with diabetes. Diabetes education is vital to your well being. It is up to you to shape these two ingredients into an artful blend that represents your individualized diabetes management plan..

11 replies

MewElla 2011-03-08 17:24:03 -0600 Report

The more I know about diabetes from reading, classes and friends on this DC site have given me a sense of understanding, without getting panicky, about certain issues as they have come. I can take this information and fit it into my lifestyle, after all, we all do not wear the same dress size, nor is diabetes a one fit disease. What works with me, probably would not with others and etc. It is a definite learning curve that I absolutely have to stay on top of it. I do not want to take over my life, I want to learn how to control IT..

Cruise427 2011-03-09 11:19:33 -0600 Report

I always enjoy reading your posts..thank you for your reply,

i went to a class last night in Venice Beach,Ca.., and the topic changed several times,..but i remember one of the topics was about, something you mentioned, and i just happend to take some notes on it.. you mentioned, you don't want it to control your life…
i agree with how you feel… i like to have the freedom and the power to make my own choices.. some people feel so overwhelmed with the disease that they lose sight of the vision and dreams they once had for themselves. Managing your diabetes is something you do to live, but it shouldn't be what you live for..
you can still live your dreams and aspirations…Simplifying how you manage your diabetes will allow you to do the things you want to do..

i should of taken more notes, but she was a really fast talker..but anyways,
just thought i would share with what i learned with your thoughts..

have a nice day..

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-03-04 12:50:25 -0600 Report


This is great advice!

Each person is unique and, like anything else in life, a one-size-fits-all approach just doesnt' work. And I think that trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is one of the reasons that patients being treated for any chronic condition get frustrated and become non-compliant. Your self-care plan starts with you, and that means really understanding yourself.

Sometimes healthcare professionals get busy and try to push patients into a standard plan. This is where empowered patients need to push back and make sure that they are being treated as individuals.

And as for information, you are absolutely right, Knowledge is power! So often, patients hesitate to get educated because they fear that they will discourage themselves, or become overwhelmed by too many facts. I encourage patients to digest the information at their own pace, and to not be afraid to ask their healthcare team lots of questions.

Thanks! I hope you have a great weekend!


Cruise427 2011-03-04 13:33:29 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary…Thank You for your reply…
i got extremely lucky driving by a yardsale the other day… i noticed some tools were for sale, so i stopped to check them out, and i stumbled across a "treasure chest" of a book, on Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association..
for 50 cents i got a 400 page "hardcover" book on everything from A-Z on Diabetic Care…it was in perfect condition, with a $29.95 price tag, in the inside cover… i'm still fairly new to diabetic management, i had no idea how complicated diabetes actually is, with all the different types of variables involved..
when i first got diagnosed..i was a little shocked,..and maybe even in a little bit of "denial"… but, i'm ok with it now… i realize having diabetes is a serious disease, but it's not a death sentence… and websites like this one, help a lot

Thanks … i will enjoy my weekend,…take care and enjoy your weekend also.

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 21:59:17 -0600 Report

Please share with us the things you learn from your new found treasure book. We would love to hear about it.

Cruise427 2011-03-09 11:04:02 -0600 Report

Good Morning ..Gabby… Thank you for the reply…
I will do that,..sometimes it's just the "little things" that seem to help out,
i spend about an hour a day reading it,..10 minutes here,15 minutes there…or if i'm just trying to kill a little time… i've actually made it a habit to pick up and read something related to diabetes, when i'm not doing anything..
i beleive in "keeping it simple", i will try to share the simple things..
Have a nice day…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-03-05 12:07:06 -0600 Report

Wow, you really did hit the jackpot on those books. But this also speaks to your empowerment and desire to be as educated as possible about your condition. The initial shock is normal, as is the denial. You did what you needed to do to get beyond it. I hope to run into you again.

GabbyPA 2011-03-03 18:53:20 -0600 Report

This is so very true. A lot of times we just focus on education and forget WHO we are and that we are different. Fitting treatment to our personal needs and goals is so very important.

Cruise427 2011-03-03 19:01:11 -0600 Report

gabby… i agree,.. i'm still new to diabetes management, so i'm just trying to keep an open mind and think positive about things… after i finished reading the whole article, it made me think of how this could help a whole variety of people,
people that havn't been diagnosed very long {like myself}, and people that have been diagnosed for years…

GabbyPA 2011-03-03 19:05:21 -0600 Report

I love it when we get inspired to do things from a spark of an article or a comment that we think in passing is no big deal. You will do great.

Cruise427 2011-03-03 19:14:30 -0600 Report

Thank You… that was just a small part of the article, … kinda weird..but i almost felt like it was my duty to pass along some good info