While I certainly wouldn't disagree with you, Jeannie, I also think many of them have become jaded and frustrated with patient's negative responses to "today is the first day of the rest of your life".
I think the ADA/CDA diet is a compromised approach - on many levels. It appeases "big corporation" (agriculture, dairy, pharmaceutical, gov't, etc.), but it also appeases the unwillingness on the patient's part to drastically change their lives. I think, given the choice, most people opt for the 'slight modification to lifestyle with (ever increasing) meds' over the 'drastic lifestyle change and long education process of optimal living'. I know I did at first. Knowledge is power and with power comes responsibility. I hate to sound so negative but, I think most people just don't want any more responsibilities. Life is too fast as it is; no time. "Gimme the quick fix". We're "consumers" (and referred by as much). We're a McDonald's society where everything is based on convenience.
I think we've got a lot of things backwards. My hope is that our successive generations maybe slow down a bit, have an appreciation for (among other things) WHERE food comes from/how it's made and how what we put in our mouths affects our whole body. I'd like to see children better educated in food & nutrition, biology, civics, and home economics to name a few. I know I'm disillusioned with "people" these days so, I'll get off my rant before I start
I agree with you too, Lanie & Chris - why aren't they even more aggressive with getting patient's on the right path? I can only say in my experiences, I was left to my own devices. In other words, I was given the information but, it was up to me to use or not use it. When originally diagnosed as Type2, I thought it was all about
sugar. Eat more healthily, cut out sugar and all will be well. I didn't really have a clue (compared to now). When I was handed my insulin & needles on the day I was diagnosed as Type1, I was again left to my own devices with the new tools I'd been given. Smack! "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!". OK so, I didn't have a choice anymore. I had to become an artificial pancreas - and learn how one worked. I'm still learning
I like (love) the 4-5 smokes a day I have. I'll have to bring up another topic about
smoking and get your ideas
Ciao for now!
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus