Diabetic, or alcoholic?

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   Posted 7/6/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I was treated for Type II diabetes for 12+ years, and the medics could never really understand why my long-term bloods were 'good' when most other indications weren't.

What I hadn't told them, of course, was the true amount of alcohol I was getting through, which in (British) medical terms made me a fully-qualified alcoholic. I was suffering from a form of 'sugar' abuse, but it came in a bottle.

And when I faced up to it, and stopped drinking back in 2002, I stopped 'being' a diabetic. And lost my left leg, as a direct result of the decades of drinking. And now suffer from retinopathy, and glaucoma, also as direct results of the drink.

Just something to ponder on, if you consider yourself an 'average' drinker, as I did!

Allen-UK, London.

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   Posted 7/6/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   

I used to adore red wine and I LOVED single malt scotch.  But now as a real diabetic I don't touch any alcohol and your story just adds fuel to my motivations!  I still love the wine and the scotch, I just don't drink them anymore.

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

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   Posted 7/6/2006 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Scotch is my downfall, too. And on special occasions, like the birth of a grandchild, I have a wee drop or so over ice... (really not more than a tablespoon) to savor the moment.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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