U Turns for Type 1 Diabetes
I had someone question why I addressed Type 2 diabetes and did not mention Type 1.
It was a very valid question. I let her know I would address this. Truth be told, I have encountered some resistance to the fact that this condition can be greatly improved and the suggestions that changing food choices are key combined with lifestyle habits. Honestly, that discouraged me.
Frankly, there is some resistance around many illnesses, like fibromyalgia and rheumatism. These all are difficult life altering diagnoses. I just don’t like to take no for an answer. I have a client now who was told a year ago he would never walk after a horrible accident. Well I watched him walk into his kitchen yesterday. Has he had to modify how that gets it done…yes, but it’s waaaay better than his accepting what he was told right?
Sorry, I digress.
As an autoimmune disorder where the pancreas is not making the insulin, traditional treatment will focus on replacing this hormone that manages blood sugar levels. While that is important there is more.
There is a belief that if the person has had it since childhood AND has been told that there is nothing that can be done to significantly improve it well……there’s that mindset again—-anyone who comes along and says something different must be lying.
If a person with Type 1 wants to eat, drink, and live without thought, then they will suffer the roller coaster energy levels, battles with weight, and the same complications of insulin resistance as the Type 2 diabetic and unfortunately the same complications of the Type 2 – eye damage, kidney damage, loss of sensation or painful feet/hands and end up living life with some other chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease with increased risks of strokes, heart attack, and pain.
You can reduce your use of bolus and basal injections in close cooperation with your doctor. You can drop your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. You can lose weight.
Let’s say you did all of this. Wouldn’t that be considered a great turnaround? More energy? More life? A true YOU turn.
Photo Jim Wilson