My Sixers list.
On this day, the sixth anniversary of the DBlog activity, we were asked to cite six things we’d like other to know about Diabetes.
My six would be:
- We can manage it, and although I for one appreciate concern from co-workers and friends, I don’t like a non-diabetic telling me what I should eat/not eat. I’ve had this for 26 years so far and know what I am doing for the most part. Let me live. I know the consequence of my actions.
- We don’t drop into a coma after only an hour of not having any insulin. That is for the TV shows and movies where time is of the essence for dramatic purposes.
- Two main types of Diabetes. One is Type One, where one produces no endogenous insulin. We must rely on exogenous insulin (From outside sources) or we die, full-stop. The other is more common; Type Two-where in many cases, the person produces a load of insulin, but their bodies receptor cells don’t utilize it efficiently, if at all. These people usually require oral meds and sometimes synthetic insulin. Usually, Age and excess weight are factors in type Two. Do not ASSume a person is Type 2 if they are overweight, Fat happens with anyone.
- Healthy eating, exercising and stopping bad habits is right for everyone. Podiatric care is mainly simple, common sense. Nothing “Special” for People with diabetes. We do have to keep a closer eye on our foot care but IMO, so should everyone.
- While diabetes is manageable, it is also dangerous. We need a cure and we have been waiting for years with the empty promises of “A cure in the next 5 years...” from our doctors echoing in our heads. It’s time, IMO, to stop screwing around. We have the tools and the tech, let’s get on it! Too many people are getting complications and dying from this ‘hidden’ dis-ease.
- I’m not ‘contagious’! You would not catch diabetes by sitting next to me unless I reached over and cut your pancreas out from your body. An occasional “Are you OK?” is actually welcome, but don’t smother us or avoid us. Most of us are not ‘delicate’ and the only limitations are those we place upon ourselves.