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frustrated by "ex-diabetics"
2 years ago  ::  Nov 13, 2012 - 5:17PM #9
furball64801
Posts: 6,967

Nov 12, 2012 -- 10:43AM, Robin S wrote:


What is truly terrifying about these "ex-diabetics"  is the damage they do to themselves. These are the people who "didn't have diabetes until they cut my leg off" or "wasn't diabetic until I went on dialysis" or the guy who "wasn't diabetic until I couldn't get it up anymore!" What's even worse is the wealth of ignorance that still exists in the medical community. You can't let these people upset what you are doing for YOU. Concentrate your efforts on keeping yourself healthy: you aren't going to convince someone in denial that s/he needs to face reality. I know it's really hard to not want some magic bullet; recently, I finally allowed myself to be badgered--by a nurse practitioner CDE and doctoral candidate who should d**nwell know better--into taking metformin. This makes no sense, as I have been using insulin for 46 years, and was dosed with sulfonylureas and phenformin (withdrawn  from market 35 years ago) before I nearly died from lack of insulin. (Metformin did NOT do anything positive for me: it did not promote any weight loss, did NOT improve glycemic levels, or reduce insulin needs, and did cause the horrible muscle pain and weakness and badley affected my kidneys, which are slowly recovering, thank you). The point: what is labelled "diabetes" is a group of metabolic dsfunctions that have a common symptom, but different etiologies and different needs for EACH INDIVIDUAL. The best response to those who claim that the latest monkey gland stuff has "cured" them is "I'm glad that worked for you and hope it lasts in the long haul."



 Boy I could not have said that better if  I tried.         Most of us know our meters know a lot,  not that others do not but hey if someone tells me something and my meter than says  hey dummy that did not work then I get right back where I was. 

2 years ago  ::  Nov 12, 2012 - 10:43AM #8
Robin S
Posts: 11
type1

What is truly terrifying about these "ex-diabetics"  is the damage they do to themselves. These are the people who "didn't have diabetes until they cut my leg off" or "wasn't diabetic until I went on dialysis" or the guy who "wasn't diabetic until I couldn't get it up anymore!" What's even worse is the wealth of ignorance that still exists in the medical community. You can't let these people upset what you are doing for YOU. Concentrate your efforts on keeping yourself healthy: you aren't going to convince someone in denial that s/he needs to face reality. I know it's really hard to not want some magic bullet; recently, I finally allowed myself to be badgered--by a nurse practitioner CDE and doctoral candidate who should d**nwell know better--into taking metformin. This makes no sense, as I have been using insulin for 46 years, and was dosed with sulfonylureas and phenformin (withdrawn  from market 35 years ago) before I nearly died from lack of insulin. (Metformin did NOT do anything positive for me: it did not promote any weight loss, did NOT improve glycemic levels, or reduce insulin needs, and did cause the horrible muscle pain and weakness and badley affected my kidneys, which are slowly recovering, thank you). The point: what is labelled "diabetes" is a group of metabolic dsfunctions that have a common symptom, but different etiologies and different needs for EACH INDIVIDUAL. The best response to those who claim that the latest monkey gland stuff has "cured" them is "I'm glad that worked for you and hope it lasts in the long haul."

Non illegitimus carborundum! XOXOXO from SallyAshus
2 years ago  ::  Nov 10, 2012 - 7:13PM #7
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I definately believe you, but I wouldn't believe her.  Mmmmm...She must be a good story teller.


 


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  Nov 10, 2012 - 6:27PM #6
lswife
Posts: 471

Another "ex-diabetic's" story to me...  She was hospitalized last year with #s in the 600s, and over a month meds and careful diet brought her #s to low 100s. The dr told her that since she was going through a painful divorce, she had "emotional diabetes" causing the high #s. Once down to the 100s, the dr said she was cured.  Denial???

2 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2012 - 5:47PM #5
panmat1
Posts: 660

Iswife, tajke care of your self. test, exercise and take your medication. I feel that those who deny a long time will end up with damage in the long run. Take care of yourself ,your reward will be better health. Let them talk or not. Nancy

2 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2012 - 10:49AM #4
lswife
Posts: 471

You're right, Furball, they are not testing and really never did regularly - one or two times a week if that much.


2 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2012 - 9:26AM #3
furball64801
Posts: 6,967

Yes I have heard it in the past blah blah blah by others.   Give it time  they will find out  no such thing.     They also are not testing so none of it means anything,     give it a year or two and they start having damage they just might change their mind. 

2 years ago  ::  Nov 05, 2012 - 5:12PM #2
gima
Posts: 425
type2

lswife said,  "But two type 2 diabetic friends have recently told me they're not diabetic anymore. The first friend said the dr mis-diagnosed her and a second dr caught it, and said just by portion control of food, lost 15-20# (but still is "round" in my opinion). The second said she's now off meds, can eat average portions of carbs, doesn't really believe in a "diabetic diet," and isn't a diabetic anymore (no weight loss).  I know, I know. Both stories are possible."


No such animal as an ex-diabetic. They might be in control right now but if they were to eat the way they did before their diagnosis their blood sugar would show it. I control mine with diet & exercise but there is no way on God's green earth that I would say that I'm a ex-diabetic. Because if I were to go back eating the way I did before diagnosis and not exercise my blood sugars would go up the way they were when I was diagnosed. And by the way I don't believe that both stories are possible because once a diabetic always a diabetic.


Gima


2 years ago  ::  Nov 05, 2012 - 1:50PM #1
lswife
Posts: 471
I was diagnosed five summers ago, went to a 3-afternoon diabetes education workshop, went also to an endocrinologist for a couple of years to get my meds back on track, and read about this disease a lot.  I (usually) eat low-carb, exercise (but need to daily and not 1x a week or so, to be honest), and take 1000mg of metformin morning and night, and am on 10mg byetta morning and night. Since diagnosis, I've lost about 30# and could lose 15 more. Okay, I consider myself fairly educated about diabetes and pretty much on the right track.

But two type 2 diabetic friends have recently told me they're not diabetic anymore. The first friend said the dr mis-diagnosed her and a second dr caught it, and said just by portion control of food, lost 15-20# (but still is "round" in my opinion). The second said she's now off meds, can eat average portions of carbs, doesn't really believe in a "diabetic diet," and isn't a diabetic anymore (no weight loss).  I know, I know. Both stories are possible. 

But I get frustrated by my efforts to learn and to do right and then to have two friends casually dismiss their conditions, sort of looking at me like I'm a radical.

Just wanted to vent... 
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