I agree with you both- Karen and Jeannie
I think a lot of the obesssion comes from Bernstein's description of normal numbers- but in his defense, the human body works best within a tightly defined range and tries to maintain homeostasis within that range. The fact that we can function outside of the range is a testament to our adaptability.
As Jeannie said, diabetes is associated with other disorders so that even if we maintain tight control we are more likely to have these diseases. That's because there are many genes that influence the development of diabetes and the genes for these other conditions are close to the diabetes genes and are likely to be mutated as well.
We can't control the genetics- but we can limit the amount of damage that high sugar and high insulin does to us by maintaining our environment (body) as close to a non diabetic number as possible. I think that's the best we can do. I liken it to the genes for alcoholism- if you never drink- you never develop an alcohol addiction even though the genetic susceptibility is there.
I know I'm not 'pure' enough to post there-lol, but I do so enjoy NOT getting beat up when I mention Bernstein, sat fat, or low carb - and I have enjoyed the recipes
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett