my father was told several years ago that he was type 2 diabetic...i believe he is pre-diabetic.he has never taken any medication to control his BG and his most recent a1c's are in the low 6's...since my Dx he has been getting his a1c every 3 months like me,before i think he did it about once a year...my WHOLE family has become more health minded since my Dx.they all tell me it's because diet and exercise is all i talk about :) it's an inside joke,a funny one...i think...
my father and i have had several discussions,some rather heated.we talk about being able to manage your BG only through diet and exercise VS. insulin therapy...he never used to check his BG.now he tests at least once a day...i test at least 3 x daily...he sais he has NEVER tested much higher than 200...i have spent whole days trying to knock down some crazy 350 that came out of nowhere...probably trouble with my actual injection method,i'v gotten much more consistent with my technique...my endo has helped me a lot with that...
in my mind i see insulin therapy for a T2 as sort of a last resort.the disease has progressed to a point where diet and exercise are either being ignored or are just not enough...then all the meds for T2's still arent enough...kind of a worst case scenario for your average T2....i am a T1 and spend most of my time concerned about my particular problems but i do talk a lot with my dad about his particular issues.
to the point! our conversations almost always come around to how much easier it would be for him to take a shot if he happened to eat too much or if he set out to indulge...i tell him that he has the benefit of being able to just exercise it off...i have to take the shot and exercise too,splurge or not.
i dont think he wants to be medicated and he actually fears insulin therapy...i'v had to explain to him several times the difference between a T1 and a T2 that happens to use insulin..."insulin therapy does not make you a T1,dad."
there is so much more involved with insulin than just counting your carbs or following your scale...i dont just eat my meal take my shot and go on with my life...mabey some day it will be that easy but for now i watch the clock after i bolus...
are type 2 diabetics secretly jealous that a type 1 can just dose the sugar away?
i know i'm jealous that i cant just exercise the sugar away...i have to inject insulin,even if it's only a few units.
my dad is a little crazy...ex-marine,3 tours in vietnam...he also lived the 70's to the fullest...i think he is a little mixed up about diabetes in general but the talks we have do get me thinking about other peoples lives and how they manage there conditions.
i do have to admit that i'v fallen into a pretty selfish trend with my additude:(