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Rose118
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   Posted 12/29/2006 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
...things like this excerpt from diabeteshealth.com
 
The reason there is rampant type 2 in kids today is the same reason there is rampant type 2 in adults: excess body fat and a sedentary lifestyle
 
I don't want to hear anymore why I got diabetes!!! I hate this disease & I already blame myself for letting my body turn to crap, why do I have to read this over and over and over again, on nearly every diabetic site I go to?
 
I was almost thinking I was close to getting to the "acceptance stage", but tonite, my anger is coming back in floods. Will I ever stop being angry? mad

~Valerie~
 
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4sons
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   Posted 12/29/2006 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I certainly thing SOME people get diabetes because of that ... but not all. I find myself looking at obviously overweight people and wondering whether or not THEY have diabetes.

I'm an adoptee and lived a very heathy life style. I found my birthfamily at 40 and was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 50. One of my birth brothers was diagnosed the same year. We share a grandmother who was a diabetic.

For us ... it's heredity!

I KNOW I have the diabetic build (also genetic) ... very much an "apple."
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 12/30/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm "pre-diabetic", trying to control this with diet and exercise after some high blood sugar tests this fall.  Since my mother and grandmother both were diabetic (and were killed by the disease sad  ), I shouldn't be surprised by the turn of events.  To make matters worse, I am overweight - an apple!  So, I guess I'm fighting heredity.  At the same time, I've found that I can actually achieve lower blood sugar numbers by what and how much I eat and by exercise.  I'm determined to do the best I can to control this my way.  (If I really can't, then I'll go on whatever medication is needed but I hope it doesn't come to that.)  The way I look at it is that the majority of us in the States eat too much and eat food overloaded in fats and sugars.  skull   I lived overseas for several years and when I came back to the States, I was struck by how overweight people were here, how large the portons were in restaurants and the "all you can eat" buffets and how much dessert is eaten so often.  Somehow during the 20th century, we went off track and now we're trying to get back on.  It doesn't bother me that I'm constantly reading about this and diabetes and apple, pear body types, etc.  I know the enemy and it's me.  mad No one tells me what or how much to eat.  I'm the one in control of my fork.  It's taken me 58 years to finally realize I'm the only one who can control this, or to control it as best I can if my body cooperates.  I wish I had taken this more seriously years ago but it took these blood tests to scare me straight.  So, even though I have slid a spoon of mashed potato or two into my mouth this last week, I'm back on my sensible road because I do know it's all up to me.  I"m not admonishing you; this is reinforcing me!  Hang in there, Valerie.  I wish we didn't have to meet on this forum but here we are and because we are here, we care enough to take care of ourselves the best way we can.    
   yeah  Lanie G  (not related to Ali G)  

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Valerie,

The people who write the articles you are referring to are the ones who are lazy. They didn't do their homework! The causes of the diabetes epidemic are multiple and some of them include improvements in medicine, the size of the snack industry, advertising, child predators and less money in schools for physical education programs.

1- People who used to die young are now living longer and diabetes is developing later in life.
2- When I was a child in the 50's a bag of potato chips meant a party was on the horizon. Dip was something that was made at home for special occasions. Soda was a huge treat. Breakfast was hot cereal. Fruit rollups and gummie vitamins would have been disdained as non-food items.
3- Starting with the sugar sweetened cereals in the 60's the food industry learned that television would entice people to want things that aren't healthy with visual images. It's kind of like the temptation of walking by a bakery with the smells and the window full of yummy things, except it's on your TV every six minutes!
4- Children used to be able to go outside and play from after school until the streetlights came on with only an occasional bathroom break at home or a friend's house. Children weren't disappearing in droves with their pictures plastered all over milk cartons. Parent's didn't fear for their children's lives by just sending them to the store for a loaf of bread. A child in a home playing a video game or with any other toys is a safe child in parent's minds. Less time outside means less exercise.
5- And there are fewer mandatory physical education programs in schools. With school districts strapped for cash just putting books in the kids hands and a teacher in front of them is sometimes difficult. Physical education programs are almost a luxury.

Add to this our labor saving devices like washing machines and dryers, self propelled vacuum cleaners, parking right outside every store in a strip mall, drive thru car washes, leaf blowing machines, snow blowers, power washers, dishwashers, electric and gas stoves, gas furnaces, well... you get my drift. These things aren't bad in and of themselves. It's just that we aren't moving much any more so we need to drastically cut down on our food intake. Our bodies don't know that we are going to be doing so much sitting and relaxing so they keep on preparing us for the work that used to be necessary to keep body and soul together.

History shows that only the very rich could get fat because they had everything done for them. The poor were very thin because they worked and moved from dawn to dusk. By making our machines our 'workers' we have made physical movement almost unnecessary. Our bodies are programmed to physically work to gain food and if we are to become healthy we either need to adjust our activity level or cut back on our food intake. Basically that's it in a nutshell. You didn't do this to you, modern civilization did this to you. Now you need to use your educated mind to reverse the trend in your life and become healthier.
~ 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


Rose118
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   Posted 12/30/2006 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for the rant from last night. I had a bad day at work, and a not so good evening at home, and everything came to a head, again.
 
As I said, I am getting close to accepting diabetes, but every now and then, I seem to slip back to the angry stage. I promise I will try and move on. 
 
Now on to the bright side: I have lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks, and am walking almost every day. I have a great doctor who has seen me 3 times since being diagnosed and is confident that I will be able to get control of myself, both mentally & physically. My personal goal is to, hopefully, get off the meds (keeping my fingers crossed)
 
So, I will try to stay on the positive side...besides losing weight to keep healthy, I will be a mother of the bride in August 2007 and am determined to fit into a size 12 dress for my daughter's  wedding!
 
Thanks for your wise words and your support.

~Valerie~
 
Bad spellers of the world, untie!


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/31/2006 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Woo! Hoo! Weddings are my best thing! I'm a wedding cake designer and I produce two bridal shows every year. You go girl! And have fun with it, too. Oh.. and I have a really neat pattern for a bride's handkerchief that turns into a baby bonnet for a christening if you want it... (Jeannie goes off humming "Here comes the bride".)
~ 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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