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Ever get good and mad at somebody who doesn't know a thing about "D"? I'd like to read a few dumb statements. I would like to collect them, print them out, and give 'em to those folks. Recently I had a relative who said "drinking Coca-Cola every day will give you diabetes" huh? wha? yeah, right! Keep it clean; children read these posts too.

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My favorite is a type of comment rather than comments themselves: Oh, you have diabetes? Eat [insert weird supplement or herb or vitamin] and it'll cure your diabetes!

And most of the people who said this to me have diabetes.

Along the same vein, people will suggest eating "carb-less" food. Sometimes they are right that it is mostly carb free, but other times they forget that fruit has carbs. I've even seen "carb-less" candy.

I got a real good one just today while I was at Starbucks. I mentioned to my aunt that I wished my mom took better care of her diabetes. Her last A1c was 7.2, and I do think the relatively high A1c and undetected high bgs are a major contributing factor to her ongoing battle with PAD. "Well," my aunt said, "I think she must be doing just fine. She certainly doesn't look all that bad."

"Excuse me?" I interjected

"I've KNOWN people with diabetes. You can tell!!"

She says this while sitting across from me, who has had diabetes for the better part of two decades. Can't tell you how I had to bite my tongue to keep from verbally tearing her to bits for that piece of nonsense.

One of the kids I was going to highschool with was dating a friend of mine who also has diabetes. Somehow we ended up talking about this exact issue, how people who know people with diabetes somehow think they understand the disease better than a person who has it.
"Max, my girlfriend has diabetes, I'm pretty sure I know."
My friend, who he happened to be dating, walked up to us just as he said that and she instantly had that look of Oh, not this crap again.
She said, "The only people who know about diabetes are people with the disease and hopefully the doctors treating them. First-hand experience trumps second-hand opinions."

When i declind a softdrink at afriends house asked me why said i'm a diabetic He repled no way your not

common guys.. how many type 1s are there out there in the world? 8-9 million? they barely know much about type 2 let alone 1. we ourselves barely know the details of any conditions aside from common colds, influenza, perhaps cancer and HIV. we are simply too ignorant to care about other diseases unless we or a loved one is affected.

Ya-but there comes a time when there are uneducated people who believe they know better than you, and it becomes frustrating. I absolutely hate it when a friend of mine is convinced that his 'doctor' 'cures' diabetes and that I need to talk to him. His statement takes away from what I deal with and minimizes the seriousness of this disease. Of course, I tell him scientific facts of my disease, but nonetheless, he continues on with the notion that I could be cured.

One that I get a lot is "so how long have you been diabetic?" I respond 21yrs and they say with a relief "oh so your used to it" umm no I will never be used to it!
Recently had a joint specialist Dr. Notice my insulin pump and confidently remarked "you must have really brittle diabetes to need that.".

I ignored the line of conversation entirely.

Also a dental surgeon once told me to take out my pump the night before a wisdom extraction. *laff*
I didn't return to either of these Doctors.
I recently went to a regular doctor and she asked me how my bloodsugars run and I told her that just because I'm on the pump that doesn't mean that my numbers stay between 80-120 and I do also go up to 250 or 350 sometimes for no reason other than because I chose to skip the gym or my site needs changing or just because , and she responded with a puzzled look like she didn't understand why the pump alone doesn't perfect everything . Just to think that she's completed 8 or more years of school but I've completed 22 1/2 year living with type one diabetes

Diabetes only happens to those who are overweight!
I know someone who is Diabetic, he looks fine, why does he worry so much?

Here is a good one. My husband has had diabetes for 51 years, pretty good shape. Works out, eats low fat meals. My overweight friend tells me "Diabetics should always eat whole grain". Other people have said "should he be eating that piece of cake"?




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