Diabetes Awareness Day?

Downtown Pittsburgh

So apparently it’s “World Diabetes Day”.

I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic after a lovely visit to the emergency room at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota while visiting family over a year and a half ago. I’ve shared that story here on Facebook so I won’t rehash it; I’ve been to an endocrinologist this year thanks to finally having insurance, due to the wonderful Affordable Care Act (this name is a reality for me, so it’s aptly named).

My doctors (yes more than one) haven’t seen it necessary to re-diagnose me even in light of my successes as a Type 1 diabetic staying off of insulin, even taking in to account the possibilities of the variations of diabetes outside of Type 1 / 2 (thinking of MODA and Type 1.5 or LADA).

Sharing my story and ideas has helped me process the experience. It has helped people I know as well, and I continue to share with anyone that is interested. It’s odd that though I’ve had success and there’s actually real evidence of my dietary changes being able to benefit others while I’ve still had a bit of a push back from non-diabetics and diabetics alike saying it’s unhealthy.

You can say what you want about the low-carb diet, or nutritional ketosis, or these dietary ideas in general, but they have worked for me, and my personal experience trumps other people’s know-it-all ideas about what is right and wrong about food.

I’m not going to debate with pundits that think they know it all online, but I am going to share what I’ve done that works and promote it when people ask me about it. Ask and I’ll give you the resources that I started with.

If you consider yourself an intelligent and open minded person you need to take your health into your own hands. If you want to do it with the aid of a doctor I’d say find something that works first, and then go to a doctor and say “hey, this is working for me, how can you help me fine tune this?” and if they say “you have to stop this even though it’s working” then find a new doctor.

There are tons of people and resources out there for helping you control your health through your diet. If you are failing in your discipline then you need to seek psychological assistance to root out your issues with food.

Remember what you want: do you want to be healthy, do you want what you eat to dictate your mood?

Diabetes is difficult and there’s a lot of lame preconceptions about the disease. I had some of them myself until I had to deal with it. Diabetics are made to feel bad about this disease and that’s just not right, I have maintained a healthy lifestyle up to being diagnosed. Many hear on a weekly basis “oh my brother’s sisters cousin’s friend changed their diet and cured themselves, why don’t you try that?”

There’s so much bullshit out there surrounding this disease that it’s easy to become apathetic about the next ‘miracle thing’ for diabetics that the only sane way to deal is just to keep doing what you’re doing; even if that’s just coping and ‘taking your medicine’ as it were hoping that one day there will be a ‘better medicine’ or a ‘miracle cure’.

In my opinion organizations that are looking for a ‘cure’ to diabetes are really just looking for a way to suck more money out of the people that have diabetes. This may seem pessimistic but I see it as very realistic prognosis of our western disease culture.

Things aren’t always what they seem, and if you have a truly open mind (combined with discernment) you’ll succeed where others will fail.

This was originally posted on Facebook here.

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