Teaman, I share your skepticism of internet advice. What I think makes this particular forum safe and different is its reliance on common sense as a basis. Added to this is its collective agreement that diabetes (probably every other disease as well?) is personal and demands personal attention, in the form of research, homework and finding out for yourself what is true and what isn't, what works and what doesn't, simply because you, personally, have the most to lose or gain.
I do not believe that anyone here is interested in discrediting the medical community or the A.D.A./C.D.A. In fact, I think you will find as I did that most would like to help this group to better understand our successes and failures.
I trust my doctor implicitly. In the beginning, he offered me 2 choices:
1) Continue with my then current lifestyle. He would make ready pills and injections to prescribe that would allow me to eat what I wanted.
2) Try to control my condition through modification of lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.)
He warned me that choice #2 was not easy and might not succeed but I gave it a try anyway. I read everything I could find and talked to everyone I knew with diabetes.
Parenthetically; yes, I know quite a few too. Some are fat ... some are thin ... some have symptoms ... some don't. One has died recently, others still suffer side-effects of the medications and the disease itself an still others live seemingly normal lives. Interestingly, most all agreed that the cure is usually worse than the disease, in that the pills make you sick, the insulin makes you fat, etc.
The common thread seemed to be acceptance of the disease and traditional treatments. I'm pig-headed when it comes to acceptance and taking drugs to solve a problem so I looked for other possibilities. Luckily, I happened across this forum and before joining in, I read all the posted messages. Nobody was talking about
snake oil cures or radical approaches -- just common sense and hard work for the most part. I noted that those with appealing ideas got the most replies and questions so I read those missives with more attention. (I note that the thread you started is up to 3 pages ... going on 4 ;)
You said you quit smoking so obviously you know what an addiction is. Even though you feel that you are addicted to food, no one is suggesting that you quit eating. The suggestion is to try and eat differently.
Oh, by the way, good food isn't always more expensive (trust me -- I'm poor;-). There are alternatives suggested around here and other places. Just ask.
a month of hard studying and only 7 or 8 months of eating differently, I am eating more, eating more often, losing weight and feeling better. My doctor has verified that I am on the right track. This isn't the result of doing everything that is said in this forum but rather the result of my own personal commitment to take control of my physical health. This place just happened to be one of the best sources for my selfish endeavor.
There's a lot of honesty around here. That sometimes can be mistaken for personal attacks on one's beliefs but rest assured, no one is out to cause you more trouble than you already have.
Keep coming back.
Post Edited (TVEditor) : 2/12/2009 4:59:23 PM (GMT-7)