This is the letter called "the truth about diabetes." Mainly for the new diabetics and some who don't think they have to care about diabetes. The basic truth in this letter cannot be changed.
I know there are some who think that I try to scare straight, those diabetics who need it. I wished that I had received this letter 50 years ago, I would be better off today. It is true that there are long time diabetics who are lucky enough to not have big problems healthwise, however there are certainly many more I have seen with big problems they could have avoided with better caring for themselves. Because for the first 20 years I had diabetes type-1, we had no monitors to measure our blood glucose, and I got very many deep yellow urine test strips telling me what did happen 3-4 hours before. The yellow indicated 4+ being the highest sugar content showing. Blue was good.
Yes I know today with the pump, life MAY BE A BIT EASIER, but the basics remain the same. There will be people who pay no attention to this. Your bad luck! If you want the truth about diabetes read this .
I post this letter from time to time because it seems to help a lot of newbies and not so newbies to live better with diabetes. Hope you think so also. . I have 50 years of diabetes at 5 needles per day and 10 blood tests daily and have some nice complications.
Some friendly advice for those who want it!
This is for those starting or on the go with diabetes and not sticking to the rules! You may not feel anything now but it sure as h*ll will get you later. Diabetes will give you time to live, under what circumstances, is up to how you, control your diabetes right FROM THE START!! A good life can be had, having diabetes!!!!!
That is really true, it is an opportunity that will give you a good diet to live by, preventing to be overweight and because you are forced to do your exercise you will remain slim or slimmer than you would be, if you carried on the old way.
There are some "IF's" attached to this. Nothing comes without effort. You will ALWAYS have to stick to your diet, you will ALWAYS have to take your medication at THE SAME TIME, you will ALWAYS have to do your exercise, you will ALWAYS have to test your BLOODSUGAR so that you know you stay as much as possible where you want to be. Keep complete records of your testing. Sinning sometimes is ok as long as it is not on a regular basis. On the pump you will have more flexibility
Now here is something you don't want to hear! No matter how well you stick to the rules you will run into regular disappointments, to the point that you may want to pull the hair out of your head, because good adherence to the rules doesn't ALWAYS results into good control of your diabetes.
On the other hand, if you decide NOT to follow the rules you will run into complications of diabetes that could shorten your life. It could blind you, kidney failure will make you have to experience dialysis, you could lose toes, feet and yes even legs! I could go on and on , but won't. To come to an end here,..... if you stick to the rules, your life can be a pleasant experience in spite of disappointments, and you will avoid all or most of the complications. Let me hasten to say, that this doesn't mean that you will be the unlucky one but you be amazed how much more lucky you will be with taking care of yourself.
See it as an opportunity for healthy living, and discipline in your everyday life. A big chance to live longer and better than you would possibly have had without it! I took extreme care of my diabetes when the monitors came in and will turn 80 years old next Feb. 27. Started this diabetes in 1960. Like I said somewhere I want to be the first 100 year old diabetic God willing! Give me a hand Lord! Thank you! LOL.
I still have my sudden set backs but I know there are better days also! Diabetes is very tricky, believe me!
Your dietitian will help you with what to eat and how much probably with counting yourcarbs. 50 Years ago we had to learn by estimating and making a good guess what has much sugar in it and that way I do my eating still today. Don’t panic!!! It all will come allright soon. On this board you can ask everything and learn fast. Basically it is more a matter of amounts that matters. Smaller amounts and avoid obvious sugary things, but bread and potatoes are also slower sugary things so SMALL AMOUNTS!
The very best to you from, 1-2010
JohnBen. PS. If you have read this, will you please say so in the reply, so that I know I did help some people with this? Thank you.