I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Diabetes: Not to be ignored
Have you ever experienced a
situation like this: Someone is speaking and they are truly annoying? You would
simply love to ignore them but the information they are conveying is important.
You shouldn’t ignore them.
How about when you’re on a jury
panel and the judge is reading the expectations and responsibilities that you
and your fellow panelists are expected to follow? “Dang, I hate being on jury
duty. I’d like to be anywhere else!” But the person on trial is depending on
you to pay attention so that they will be able to be heard. It’s their right.
Regardless of your annoyance, you shouldn’t ignore that responsibility.
If your child was sick, would
you ignore the symptoms or neglect their care? Certainly not.
Then tell me why SO many people
who have T2 or “a touch of sugar” feel like they can ignore their condition? I
feel that it may be because, quite often, it doesn’t feel or seem urgent. They
may feel fine and it’s possible that their health care provider didn’t do an
adequate job of conveying the seriousness of this disease. Probably they’ve
read online that you can cure T2 with pills or veggie water or hocus pocus.
Heck, if it’s that easy to get rid of, it must not be serious!
I felt the need to write this after posting my last bit about
finding a better way to deal with my diabetes. I would hate for anyone to read
that and think that I’m ignoring my diabetes or feel that it isn’t serious. That
couldn’t be further from the truth. I know how serious my diabetes is and I
know that I can’t ignore it. My current path doesn’t mean I’m ignoring my
diabetes, I’m just not letting it rule my life. That’s an important difference.
I will admit, especially during
my recent funk, that I’ve felt like type 2 diabetes just isn’t as serious as type
1. (I can’t believe I even typed that.) It’s simply a matter of reading about how
T1s need to monitor so closely, stick themselves numerous times per day and are
often faced with situations that can easily turn deadly. Sometimes that realization makes me feel guilty for shouting that "T2 is serious!" T2 isn’t like T1. We
can actually ignore our diabetes, do what we want, and not have any immediate
repercussions. Does that make it less serious? Nope. In fact, it could be
argued that that makes T2 more serious because, in the long run, we could face
all those serious complications if we don’t pay attention, and so many people aren't paying attention!
I don’t mean to turn this post
into an “us vs them” discussion. Diabetes is deadly serious, regardless of
type. I just want to hammer home to those T2s who might be reading this: Don’t
ignore your diabetes. Don’t assume that it will go away. Educate yourself
and take the time and energy to find out what combination of medicine, food
plan and exercise will work best for you.
I’m going to quote something I read
in an AARP Bulletin today, “As physicians, we counsel, we coach, we prescribe,
we cheerlead. But the only person who
treats diabetes is the person who has it.” Physician Daniel Lorber (emphasis