Diabetes: A Blessing And A Curse

@KrauseHome (34153)
United States
December 13, 2007 3:05am CST
For anyone here who suffers from Diabetes, knows someone who has it, or anyone in the family who might have died from it, or one of the many complications, you will be able to relate with what I am trying to portray here. I can actually remember a day back before being Diabetic and even the early days back when I did not need Medications, etc. and thought things would never get to where they are at today. Honestly though, with all I have been thru, it has been but for the grace of god, that I can say I am where I am today. For me, it has been a roller coaster at times, and one thing I am not sure I would want to wish on anyone. Especially anyone who does not want to endure any type of pain, or other factors that come into play for me each day that I live. I went from being a pre-diabetic to Diabetic with medications and then now I am an Insulin controlled Diabetic. Unfortunate thing, since they have now said I am type 1.5 now, I will probably need insulin, or some form of insulin the rest of my life to live. And I am only 43, so hopefully, this will be a LONG time. What happened to make me now be a Type 1.5 could stem from a number of reasons. One of them being that I suffered with TB when I was 10-12 yrs. old, and the other thing is I ended up scrapping my leg on something where I used to work, and it never healed like it should to where I ended up getting Chronic wounds, and uncontrolled sugars, and severe Staph infection(s) to where I became hospitalized and had to get put on insulin. But to me, Insulin is a life saver, and I am glad it is there for people who really need it. Sometimes I consider Diabetes a Blessing, as it is starting to get more recognized everywhere, and I have a Boss who will work with me and be patient when I really have something going on that could be effecting my life as a whole. But then at the same time, now that I am on Insulin, I have to watch some things that other Diabetics might be able to eat, but spike me way too much. Many here might think it is Candy, Chocolates, and sweets, but actually, this is not what I am referring too. What I am referring too, is Rice. Rice to me spikes me to no end, and way worse even that eating something sweet most of the time. To me, it really makes No sense, but it is what it is, and there is nothing I can do about it. So if you are one of the Lucky Diabetics so far who foods do not do anything to you, just hope it is always that way, and learn what you can do now to help better your future tomorrow. It can truly be worth it, and only wishing you the best.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
13 Dec 07
I am sorry you have all this trouble with diabetes. I am not diabetic myself, but my sister-in-law is. My Mother in law has also been recently diagnosed pre-diabetic. For my SIL it was difficult for her at first. People used to assume that she was overweight, didn't exercise & had a poor diet. None of this was true. It is just not known why she developed diabetes. Fortunately, although she was very close to being insulin dependant, she made strict changes to her diet (along the lines of high protein, low carbs diet, or low GI), and started walking even more, & she got her sugar levels down.
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• United States
17 Jan 08
Feeling sorry for your SIL. Not to make light, but her situation brought back memories of my great Aunt Sarah. She was my maternal grandmother's sister. When I was little, in the single digits I thought she was a diet that seemed to last forever. My slightly older sister (one year older) and I noticed she never ate sweets, pastries, ice cream. I first heard of diabetes from her and I thought it was some kind of perpetual diet plan. Now I know better. Boy do I kow better. Thank goodness there's an ever increasing number of low sugar, low carb food and drink products on the market. I check my fasting blood sugar in the morning from a free glucometer and strips from my endo. So far so good. Good luck in treating your Type1 diabetes. I know it can be serious from my mother. Presuming you realize that.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
17 Jan 08
I am not type 1 diabetic.
@KrauseHome (34153)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Well, a lot of times, there are things you can learn about and do to help make sure you stay healthy, but that does not always count for everyone. Sometimes it is Hereditary as well. But not everything will always fit all people like for instance with your SIL. But diet is a Good start for most indeed.
@jarves (815)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
Diabetes is a curse. It destroys your life painfully. They say that eating too many sweets is one of the causes of diabetes. I do not know if this is true.
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• United States
17 Jan 08
I believe you're right on the button. My mother was diagnosed with diabetes for a little over 20 years of her life. She ended up being insulin dependent and gradually losing her life. On the positive side she was capable of enjoying her life for a good number of years thanks to taking care of herself. It sounds like you either have relatives and/or friends with the illness or you suffer from it too, from the tone of your message. That's the feeling I get. Sorry no idea if sweets leads to diabetes. Besides its carbs. Especially simple carbs. Complex carbs are better for people with diabetes. The best way is to go on a low glycemic diet. The lower the GI the safer it is to eat. To be on the safe side, check with your doctor.
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@KrauseHome (34153)
• United States
21 Jun 08
Well, Diabetes in my opinion is not a curse if you learn how to live with it, and learn what is best to eat, and foods for you you should learn to avoid. And sugars is far from the only thing that causes Diabetes. It can also be other health factors, foods like Rice, Pasta, etc. I often feel too many people are misled with myths about Diabetes as a whole, and that is part of the reason so many people have it, and have no idea they do.
13 Dec 07
It's becoming quite common here for young kids/children to get it and It's something I'd rather be aware of for my son, as his grandmother has it and among other things it's hard for those with it. (especially around christmas) This was a very nice read and as always a pleasure :) ~Joey Thanks for sharing!
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@KrauseHome (34153)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Yes, it is hard this time of yr. Thanks for the comments.
@mugwort (78)
• United States
17 Jan 08
You seem to posses a positive upbeat attitude. They say attitude is everything. Well not really everything but it certainly helps in dealing with the hard knocks of life and diabetes is most certainly one of them. Hoping you're coping.
@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
26 Dec 07
I have never heard of a 1.5 diabetic. What does that mean? I have type 2 diabetes but I have learned to keep it under control without having to take insulin. I have also cut my medication down to half of what I started with. I have done this by learning more about this disease and what I have to do to control it. I have learned to change a few things so I can still enjoy eating the things I like, such as pizza and pasta. Even pies, cookies and cake. Knowledge about this disease can set you free of worry. Visit my blogs to learn more... http://living-with-type-2-diabetes.blogspot.com http://low-carb-diabetic-recipes.blogspot.com Have a Happy and Healthy New Year