Everyone and anyone can develop diabetes. Doesn’t matter how old you are, your ethnicity, nor what you do for a living. Although food is a key element in controlling our diabetes, it is NOT the sole cause of our disease. One thing that really frustrates me about the medical community, is that they have taken the use of labels, and has used them in such a manner, that eventually caused the world to see diabetics as a stereotype. What makes us a Type 1, 2, LADA, or gestational diabetic, isn’t how we “look”, but what happens in our individual bodies that make us the type of diabetic we are. There are heavy type 1′s, as well as slim; It is also true that their are skinny type 2′s, as well as there are heavy. Unfortunately, newly diagnosed diabetics are often caught-up in the middle of this, therefore indirectly making learning extremely difficult. To my awareness, never have I heard any other disease were labels are used so frequently.

Millions more are continuously being diagnosed each year around the globe. This was never just an “American Disease”. Yet, our communities know even less now about diabetes than we did before. Why is this? Are doctors up to par with the latest diabetic information? Is it that diabetics are not motivated? Are we scared? Or does there still exist a distrust for doctors in general? I think in this day in age, it is even more imperative that diabetics emotionally support each other. Diabetes is a 24 hour job, most of us can’t live life one day without thinking something diabetic; be it counting carbs, or the financial strain of being able to afford our diabetic supplies.

I realize that it’s important for diabetics to have role models, which is part of the reason why I started this blog. Particularly in the poorer communities, we only hear the bad stuff about diabetes. You almost never hear about people such as myself, who at a young age developed full blown cataracts, and successfully came out of both surgeries with flying colors!! You’d never hear how people like me (at the final stages of cataracts (before my surgeries)) used shapes, sounds, kindness of strangers, and pure determination to find were I needed to go. You don’t hear about diabetics being well informed enough to challenge their doctor’s methods. You don’t hear about people literally reversing their diabetic complications. You don’t hear about people eating what they want (responsibly) and still manage to control their sugars. You do not hear about diabetics successfully controlling their blood pressure. You don’t hear about diabetics who are getting up and walking to literally save their lives. This is why I personally believe that so many of us lost our battles to this disease, in addition to the fact that so many of us can’t break out of our comfort zones. Comfort zones destroy any chances of self motivation.

I’ve gone through great lengths to share pieces of my life to the world, because I want people to know they can do it. Diabetes is not the doom and gloom we all thought once was. I am a living, fresh and blood proof that you can overcome with just a tiny bit of motivation. The goal is not to be a perfect diabetic, but simply make better choices; but you can’t make better choices, if your not informed about YOUR particular, and very individual diabetes. Controlling your diabetes takes a lot of personal soul searching, a lot of reading, a lot of listening, and a lot of discerning. People would ask me all the time “how do you know this”? or “how do you know that”? My answer to this has always been, “diabetic information is not esoteric!” In other words, diabetic knowledge is not sacred text locked away somewhere so that only great scholars can read it. Diabetic information is everywhere!! If you really wanted to know something about diabetes, you can easily find it with a click of the mouse, a phone call, a book, a magazine, a support group, a nurse, a doctor, a CDE, a nutritionist, the list goes on. It’s not anyone’s responsibility to tell you, YOU have to seek it for yourself!!!

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Comment by Scott on October 22, 2010 at 10:56am
It is not curable; however, it can be well-controlled. People can make lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc) but that is a treatment for T2, just as insulin is a treatment for T1. If you stop your treatment, T2 will come back. If it was "cured" stopping the treatment would not result in the return of the diabetes.

You seem to be wanting to well-controlled in the same category as remission in cancer patients. They stopped their treatment, and if the cancer does not return, they are in remission. There is no remission in diabetes.

People come to this site because there are more than just the physical aspects of the conditions to deal with. Long term mental, emotional, physical and financial stress will take it's toll on almost anyone unless they have an exceptionally strong support network
Comment by KimKat on October 22, 2010 at 11:19am
A "cure" would be mean that you could eat what ever you want like non-diabetic and have your pancreas work like it is supposed too. THAT Is a cure. Having very well controlled BG can be done in several forms of diet modification/meds to not so restricted to extremely restricted. All of us on here know that if you eat certain foods and have tight control you can have pretty great numbers but go back to your high carb diet of the norm of society - you are right back where you started.

Until they can find a way to alter my genes, I will be like this for the rest of my life. Sure I can avoid complications by tight control - I am already doing that. I feel like I EXCEL at it - I have the A1C of a non-diabetic but nothing will will change the fact that I herited the bad genes that trigger off diabetes in my body at a certain age.

I know too well the difference between a cure and "reversal" - I do not have any complications. The only there is to "reverse" is genetic code in me. Unfortunatley, that can't be done.If you figure out how to do that, than will can talk.
Comment by badrirag on October 22, 2010 at 8:17pm
Great! now we are all talking the same language or atleast moving towards it.

@Scott: There is one seemingly small but major distinction between life style changes (T2) and Insulin (T1). By making the lifestyle changes like eating more nutritious food, having quality rest, indulging in physical activity et al, you are undoing the mistake that was originally done but this does not have side effects like medication does and more importantly it is doesn't cost you a dime. More than helping you get lower BS, it also helps you get into a state of well-being. Let us all remember that our human body and life is much much more than diabetes and hence it would be better if we start thinking holistically.

Would you call a cold cured? Yes, until it is back. Nothing is forever or permanent. By Cure, I am talking about eating normally but carefully and having normal BS ranges without taking medicines (for a T2).

@KimKat. Do you really want your pancreas work like it is supposed to? It is possible because no organ is dead in a living human body. But it takes considerable effort, determination to go through a regime of a system like Ayurveda which works at reviving cell functions. You need to have a strong desire for the pancreas to start functioning like before and it is possible. Don't take my word for it. Research and you will find it. Dismiss it and we are all back in square one.

Your GP or Diabetologist will perhaps scoff at the idea of your pancreas working like before but he/she is already conditioned. Remember that this is your life and you owe it to yourself to be healthy.

This discussion is now going somewhere.
Comment by Manny Hernandez on October 22, 2010 at 8:30pm
Badrirag,
With all due respect, this is not a merely semantic discussion. Lifestyle changes don't constitute a cure. A cure means your body behaves like a normal body.

I invite you to read this forum topic:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/define-cure
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on October 22, 2010 at 8:50pm
I have a question, badrirag... If Aryuveda cures the pancreas, and all you need to do is "simple things" that do not cost anyone a dime... And if you have the answers for all of us who are apparently not doing the right things... How come you have an A1C of 7.2% and are on oral medications? Answer me that.
Comment by Gerri on October 22, 2010 at 8:51pm
badrirag,

Perhaps you misunderstand the mission & role of TuD. Members here are not here seeking a cure, as you will learn by reading past & current discussions. Despite your insistence on a cure, there is not one. Your page lists that you're a T2 for 15 years, on oral meds with a 7.2 A1c.

T2 members here are controlling diabetes through diet & exercise without meds. Judith is one shining example of the dilligence it takes to achieve a normal A1c. She isn't cured.
Comment by badrirag on October 22, 2010 at 8:58pm
So this forum firmly believes that there is no cure and you are trying to convince me of the same!!!!

So, given this situation, what do you have to lose by looking at the possibility of a cure? It cannot be worse, can it?

I was under the (mistaken) impression that you will grab anything that even offers a glimmer of hope with both hands and run!

Anyway, I will continue my evangelism (or tirade)
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on October 22, 2010 at 9:07pm
If there is a cure, why are you not cured? Are you not embracing it with both hands, and running?
Comment by badrirag on October 22, 2010 at 9:08pm
This is getting really personal and nasty but I shall not be provoked.

My process of discovery started just two months back and while i am on it personally, it will take a while for me to become a living example. If i am able to get my bs down and my a1c down to normal, will that convert your belief system?

Let me repeat! I am not a practising homeopath or a pranic healer and I am not in this forum to get clients under the promise of a cure. I am not even looking at subscribers for my website from this community because it is mostly india-specific. i have personally seen and spoke to people who have got their lives back and I want to share the message. You have a choice of exploring the possibilities or deny that they exist.

Do you people realize that I am on your side and want you to be free of Diabetes? If you think I'm not, just say so and I will leave this forum. I have no axe to grind by talking about a cure. I am not looking at a nobel prize either.

Thanks for all the engaging conversations.
Comment by Scott on October 22, 2010 at 9:10pm
badrirag,

If a person stops the lifestyle changes, the "cure" you promote, will their diabetes return? Simple question, shouldn't take more than one word to answer. if it takes you more than one, then, yes, I believe that you are selling something.

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