I'm type 2 insulin dependent and I am 127 lb. I was told if I dropped to 116 I probably would not have diabetes at all, not so. I was 119 not to long back and I still had diabetes and high numbers. Its all turning around now with aggressive action on my part, but it takes work to keep diabetes at a bay and I think insulin tends to bring weight gain. For some its the on-set of diabetes with weight gain, they lose the weight the lose the diabetes. I don't think it was ever actual diabetes as the gene carries.
I agree. Both are bad in their own way. And believe me, there are still those who say thing like type 1 are responsible for their condition. Ignorance is everywhere, but it is our job to educate.
My 14 year old daughter has type 1 diagnosed when she was 6, but not until recently she was discriminated in her school cheer leading squad. The teacher or coach to;d her she couldn't cheer because she uses a pump and it not safe and a liability for her school. My daughter cried and wept for days. But she continues on. Now she's want to do orchestra and play the violin. It's ignorance and lack of education. As a parent with a child with type 1 diabetes the best thing we can do is advocate and know and teach our kids their righte to get an education.
So sorry to hear of this, how sad, very sad. Tell her Violinist are very talented and if she can pull that off kudos to her. Sounds to me like she is above (way above) cheerleading anyway. Orchestra and vioin is no easy task, so she sounds beautiful from her choices alone. God Bless you both. Poor lil kids born with this horrific disease, breaks my heart.
It doesnt always make sense (I know we are talking about Stephny) I am an athlete and have been for 50 years, my max weight was 162 pounds abd I am down to 145 now, I have never smoked and gave up my 2 beers a month 22 years ago and yet I am type 2, diagnosed December 2010. I like the theory of wheat being involved somehow. I find that mountain biking keeps my levels pretty stable and I cant say I find any discrimination anywhere, only admeration for our team and the message we take out there....but perhaps South Africa is a bit different when it comes to handing out praise and supporting people like myself.
Kristy, maybe it's the culture you live in? here in Spain it seems every second person I meet has diabetes! Sadly, support specialists seem non existent, at least in my part of Spain! I certainly don't think this site has an issue, but some people get touchy if you go off subject on a specific group. I have been diagnosed for 10 years, but with no support until I found this group 2 weeks ago. No one has been really partisan. Some on Dr B's site can get touchy if you go off subject, but everyone here has a story and experience that may help you. So visit as many as you like! Unless your a Pilot, Submariner or similar I cannot think of any other profession where anyone should be discriminatory against you for being a T"2.. Most negative experiences in life relate to our own responsibility in some way, but hey, we are just human and stuff happens. Don't beat yourself up, and toughen up! Maybe you reflects something that triggers a reaction in your colleges. You used the word profession, and as a retired Probation Service professional from the UK, I experienced surprising issues, but I just toughened up and would not be intimidated or marginalized! Enjoy this site. Happy New Year.
By the by muleman, read what you've written Kristy. I have a friend (Stephen Steele) with type 1 who is a commercial pilot (flying the big ones)...he was already a pilot when he was diagnosed...had his wings taken away...fought for it, in the meantime went back to school (law school) passed the Bar, and became a lawyer. But his heart was up there, in the skies....long story short, he won the case, and though he is flying under very strict regulations...he IS nevertheless a pilot....flying!
Videochat on Friday April 20, pollution and diabetes: see
Some of the discussion in these posts was related to this issue so I thought I'd post it.
If you get a chance to watch the presentation, I'd love it if you'd post something about the highlights of it!