Life . . .
The diagnosis did not come as a surprise, but it did come as a disappointment. Diabetes had been in the family gene pool--and I was aging. So, like most things in my life, I decided to tackle it head on.
My first venture into the world of diabetes was to attend a "Super" conference. I managed to drag my husband along thinking we'd learn to manage this disease together. The conference was an even bigger disappointment than the diagnosis. The message I received was basically, eat what you want and just give yourself more medicine. Really? And the lunch--it was full of simple carbohydrates! Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.
Although I've been told that a cure for diabetes is always being sought, I have begun to wonder--and not just about diabetes, but many other "chronic" diseases, too. Let's face it, diabetes is BIG business. The testing, the meds, the snacks--like Glucerna. I was surprised to learn that several of their products--like their mini snack bars contain High Fructose Corn Syrup! (See their website, which lists product ingredients). That's a real no-no for those living with diabetes. Even though their product ingredients suggest that the bars only contain 2% High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), why would a product targeted to diabetics contain it at all? Ever read the ingredients on certain products marketed to diabetics? If I can't pronounce it, I'm not sure I want to eat it.
Over the years, I've learned to manage pretty well--yes, I do test. I've learned what I can and can't eat (and oh, do I miss bread!), learned that exercise makes a huge difference, and learned that friends really do help out. I try to do the things I know to do: pray,spend time in contemplation, reduce stress in my life, grow my own vegetables, cook at home, eat lots of salad, exercise when I can, feed and play with my goats, dream about my future chickens and find something to laugh about every day. And did I mention dark chocolate? In moderation, it really helps.
To all those diabetics out there: don't just test, but question! Question products marketed to you--especially food products. Are they really helping you manage your disease, or are they keeping you dependant on the BIG business that has become so much a part of the world of medicine. Take charge of your health! And to the great friends who helped me get on a good path--THANK YOU. I may one day have to take medicine, but for now, I'm grateful I've learned what works best for me!