Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
High blood sugar is a symptom, not the disease
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High blood sugar is like a runny nose when you have a cold. The cold is the disease, a runny nose is the symptom.
I hope you know by now that you MUST keep your blood sugars under control. But getting them under control does NOT mean that diabetes has been cured. Diabetes as a disease has two main causes: not enough insulin being created; and insulin resistance. These are ongoing in your body, may fluctuate with time, and will get worse over time for many of us.
The reason I am saying this is that it is VERY important that you don't think you've beaten diabetes if your blood sugar is stable. You STILL HAVE the diabetes, and it must be monitored in case it gets worse. So you MUST stay with what's working, because your life depends on it.
The fact is that many people, after enough time, think they've beaten the disease, and start to think it's no big deal anyway. It IS a big deal, it will eat you alive if you go off what's been working. Never, NEVER, think that the diabetes has gone away.
I want to add something to the commentary I posted above. This is not the conventional way that people talk about diabetes. But it is a way to remind me that the diabetes is never going away.
It's like people that go to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings. They may have success in stopping drinking (by never touching even a drop of alcohol), but they know that they are forever alcoholics.
Thank you for sharing @russell. I think what you said, even if being unconventional, is something important for all of us to note. Many people believe that because they maintain normal blood sugar levels and can do so without medication that they are cured, but type 2 diabetes is still preset. However, with that said, there has been research that a certain weight loss, in some, has been show to reverse type 2 diabetes. So, weight loss seems to be the key.
Thank you for your response.
Yes, I heard that some research is saying that it can be reversed. But conclusions like this are typically debated a lot within the medical community. So I strongly recommend that people take the cautious approach, and not assume they've really reversed it.
And here's something else to think about. For many people, the reason they lost weight is because they changed their diet. So going back to the old way of eating may very well mean that they'll put the weight back on, and then they'll be back where they started. And then they may not be able to reverse the diabetes a second time.
I'm sorry about this. I have diabetes, and I've learned what is involved. This disease is crap, pure and simple. But we're stuck with it. It's better to change your eating habits and live than think this is no big deal, and lose your eyes, your toes, your kidney function, etc.
@russell Thank you for sharing. I agree this disease is not fun and thus should not be taken as a game. We must do our best to always be aware of actions and decisions we take in regard to our diet and how it can impact our health.
There are days where I feel beaten down by the pain, the constant stress, the never ending monitoring that I am just like ... I don't have the energy to wash this dish, yet along cook this meal and I give in out of frustration and exhaustion. I go through moods. I think we all do. But we must try to stay on the right path for a less painful and troubling future.
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