I had some excellent diabetes educators and would like to share some of their knowledge with you.
1) Nobody can give
themselves diabetes.There are lots of obese people in the world without diabetes and plenty of slender ones who develop it almost overnight. (Warren who is on byetta comes to mind. 3% body fat!)
2)Many Type 2 Diabetics are born with the tendency to develop the disease. This means that their metabolism is askew from early on and often after childhood when they achieve their adult growth (and stop playing outside and start driving everywhere) they go pre-diabetic.
If you lived 100 years ago when women did much more physical labor (just lighting the stove was about
100 calories expended!) you may never go diabetic because the amount of daily physical activity you did would balance out the calories you took in and the necessary movement of everyday life would prevent your body from becoming resistant to its own insulin. Food preparation, child care, laundry and cleaning our homes used to be much more physically strenuous than it is now. Heck! Even going to the bathroom meant a stroll across the back yard a few times a day to get to the outhouse!
The only way to counteract our food intake/energy expended imbalance is to learn to balance it back and hopefully do it without medication. Thankfully there is medication for those of us who can't fix the imbalance but that doesn't mean we can continue on eating whatever we please and expecting the pills to do magic.
You will learn that food comes in three forms. Fat, protein and carbohydrate. Whatever a food has as its major component is usually how that food is classified. When I took my classes I was shocked to find that the nutritionist classified a glass of milk as a carbohydrate! I asked about
the protein and calcium and she said I could get those from cheese. It was the lactose that would impact my blood sugar and I had to be careful about
that and learn to count it. This doesn't mean that I don't drink milk, it just means that I had to see milk in a different light.
Then she told me that broccoli was a carbohydrate! I'm like, "What! It's a vegetable!" So she asked me if it was a protein or a fat...? Well, duh! It's a carb! It's a great, good for you, low glycemic index carb, but it's a carb! She explained that the carbs in the vegetables are locked inside the cell walls of the plant so they took longer for our bodies to access them, but that was great because vegetables were like time-release carbs with lots of vitamins and minerals in the same package. Fruits aren't quite as great as vegetables so we eat them in moderation, but they have lots of anti-oxidants and vitamins to make up for their extra sweetness.
So in my mind I'm thinking I have to live on chicken breasts and broccoli for the rest of my life and she starts talking about
fats like olive oil and avocados being great for us and even an occasional real scoop of actual ice cream... "WHAT!!! ICECREAM!!!" Hold the phone! Did I hear her right? Yes, real ice cream, one scoop once or twice a week on an evening when I don't have potatoes, rice or bread with dinner. The fat in the icecream slows down the absorption of the sugars in the stuff and cream is better for us than milk as far as lactose levels go.
Things are starting to look up...
So I studied and I learned and I read on the net and I shared with my fellow diabetics and pretty soon I found a workable way of life that doesn't seem all that difficult to follow. And once in a while I have real french fries (no more than 13) and sometimes I eat cake and skip the icing. I eat real dark chocolate every day for my heart (and soul), just a small piece... and I'm starting to make peace with my diabetes.
So, no matter what you find out that your body is up to you can learn to handle it. And if you go full blown diabetic you can still handle it with medication and exercise and buddies who understand and care. We will be here and we will help you thru every step of the way because someone was here to do it for us. And it will be ok. Just KOKO!!! (Keep on keepin' on...)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
=================="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
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 7/8/2007 1:38:30 PM (GMT-6)