Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
Many people with type 2 diabetes deal every day with the stigma that's been placed on our disease. Whether we choose to tell people we have type 2 and listen to their opinions on how we can “fix it,” or are silent but read in the media how we “did this to ourselves,” it’s a struggle that can weigh heavily on us.
Therefore, it’s refreshing to hear someone in the mainstream medical world speak up and say that, in fact, it’s not our fault!
Dr. Peter Attia spoke at a TEDMED conference last April and told the world that the medical community just might have it wrong—that it’s possible that type 2 diabetes could be causing obesity and not the other way around. [This article in The New York Times]2 highlights his talk and includes a follow-up interview with Attia.
In the video (which I highly recommend you watch), Attia recounts a time when he judged one of his patients because she was obese, had type 2 diabetes and needed an amputation. “As a doctor, I delivered the best clinical care I could, but as a human being, I let you down," he said. "You didn’t need my judgment and my contempt. You needed my empathy and compassion.”
So what changed his mind? He developed a metabolic syndrome (precursor to type 2 diabetes) even though he ate a healthy diet and exercised regularly.
I am encouraged to see the mainstream medical community beginning to look at other causes for type 2 diabetes and stopping blaming us for our disease. I’m hopeful this will lead to better care and — who knows? — maybe a cure.