D-Blog Week 2010: Monday: T1 Life like a T2

Welcome to d-blog week 2011!
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Today’s Topic is:
Admiring our differences – Monday 5/9: We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives.  Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – Type 1s, Type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on.  Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us!  Have you learned new things from your T2 friends?  Are D-Parents your heroes?  Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story?  Do T1s who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope?  Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you – why you admire them – why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

When I switched from regular and NPH (old, less effective forms of insulin with distinct peaks that caused you to have to eat at certain times) to multiple daily injections of Humalog and a does of long-acting Lantus, I was told by either my doctor or some other member of my diabetes team that I could eat whatever I wanted. I was probably around 13 or 14 at the time. Honestly, for a young teenager who had been on her way to over eating problems even before she was diagnosed with diabetes, that probably wasn’t the best thing to tell me. Because I ate whatever I wanted. And today, my weight and A1C show that I still eat whatever I want.

In a way, I look up to well-controlled type 2’s because they pay a lot more attention to their diet and/or exercise more regularly than I do any day. For example, for mother’s day dinner last night, I had a giant plate of white pasta with Alfredo sauce. Not the best plan for someone a) with any form of diabetes or b) someone who is overweight and “trying” to lose weight. As the media likes to tell us, white flour based pasta is filled with “empty” calories, not to mention quick(er) digesting carbohydrates that raise a “normal” person’s insulin levels for hours, not to mention raise a PWD’s blood sugar even with a healthy does of insulin.

Given today’s d-blog week question, I can’t help but wonder if I were a type 2, would I have made a different decision regarding my meal? Would i have ordered a salad or a steak with vegetables instead?

Of course, I’ll never know. But I do think that the way type 2 PWD’s (who don’t take insulin) look at nutrition could benefit not only type 1 PWD’s but non-diabetics too. I mean, of course I won’t limit myself from the occasional cupcake. That’s the beauty of fast acting insulin. But, in reality, cupcakes should be a sometimes food, not an every day food. And that’s what I think of when I think about what I can learn from type 2 PWD’s.

A BIG thank-you to Karen at Bitter~Sweet for thinking up D-Blog week and putting the topics together! You rock, Karen!

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3 thoughts on “D-Blog Week 2010: Monday: T1 Life like a T2

  1. Jess

    sarah-

    your honesty here is truly moving. i too struggle with overeating. mine tends to be emotional. and i’ve never before thought about trying to look at food from the perspective of a T2. i will definitely be thinking of this post for a while when i eat. thank you so much for sharing.

    hang in there, girl!

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  2. Cherise

    Sarah-

    I admire Type 2’s, too! I remember when I was treating diabetes with oral med’s I counted everything I put in my mouth and would never touch have of the food I touch now. I was determined to stay on track and prolong the use of insulin as long as I could. When I started insulin-I let go a little bit but the DOC taught me to enjoy myself but I need to exercise to maintain it all.

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  3. Karen

    Great post – and I agree 100%. I really admire T2’s for many many reasons – and one being how hard many T2s work at making good food choices and getting regular exercise. We would all be much healthier if we did the same.

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