Being Motivated

Everyone and anyone can develop diabetes. Doesn’t matter how old you are, your ethnicity, nor what you do for a living. Although food is a key element in controlling our diabetes, it is NOT the sole cause of our disease. One thing that really frustrates me about the medical community, is that they have taken the use of labels, and has used them in such a manner, that eventually caused the world to see diabetics as a stereotype. What makes us a Type 1, 2, LADA, or gestational diabetic, isn’t how we “look”, but what happens in our individual bodies that make us the type of diabetic we are. There are heavy type 1′s, as well as slim; It is also true that their are skinny type 2′s, as well as there are heavy. Unfortunately, newly diagnosed diabetics are often caught-up in the middle of this, therefore indirectly making learning extremely difficult. To my awareness, never have I heard any other disease were labels are used so frequently.

Millions more are continuously being diagnosed each year around the globe. This was never just an “American Disease”. Yet, our communities know even less now about diabetes than we did before. Why is this? Are doctors up to par with the latest diabetic information? Is it that diabetics are not motivated? Are we scared? Or does there still exist a distrust for doctors in general? I think in this day in age, it is even more imperative that diabetics emotionally support each other. Diabetes is a 24 hour job, most of us can’t live life one day without thinking something diabetic; be it counting carbs, or the financial strain of being able to afford our diabetic supplies.

I realize that it’s important for diabetics to have role models, which is part of the reason why I started this blog. Particularly in the poorer communities, we only hear the bad stuff about diabetes. You almost never hear about people such as myself, who at a young age developed full blown cataracts, and successfully came out of both surgeries with flying colors!! You’d never hear how people like me (at the final stages of cataracts (before my surgeries)) used shapes, sounds, kindness of strangers, and pure determination to find were I needed to go. You don’t hear about diabetics being well informed enough to challenge their doctor’s methods. You don’t hear about people literally reversing their diabetic complications. You don’t hear about people eating what they want (responsibly) and still manage to control their sugars. You do not hear about diabetics successfully controlling their blood pressure. You don’t hear about diabetics who are getting up and walking to literally save their lives. This is why I personally believe that so many of us lost our battles to this disease, in addition to the fact that so many of us can’t break out of our comfort zones. Comfort zones destroy any chances of self motivation.

I’ve gone through great lengths to share pieces of my life to the world, because I want people to know they can do it. Diabetes is not the doom and gloom we all thought once was. I am a living, fresh and blood proof that you can overcome with just a tiny bit of motivation. The goal is not to be a perfect diabetic, but simply make better choices; but you can’t make better choices, if your not informed about YOUR particular, and very individual diabetes. Controlling your diabetes takes a lot of personal soul searching, a lot of reading, a lot of listening, and a lot of discerning. People would ask me all the time “how do you know this”? or “how do you know that”? My answer to this has always been, “diabetic information is not esoteric!” In other words, diabetic knowledge is not sacred text locked away somewhere so that only great scholars can read it. Diabetic information is everywhere!! If you really wanted to know something about diabetes, you can easily find it with a click of the mouse, a phone call, a book, a magazine, a support group, a nurse, a doctor, a CDE, a nutritionist, the list goes on. It’s not anyone’s responsibility to tell you, YOU have to seek it for yourself!!!

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Very well written!

Thank you so much my friend… It really means a lot to me…

This is great blog! Very well written. I love the fact that you hit on the stereotypes. I am Thin Type 2 (yes, we exist!) and I am SO sick of the stereotypes - even amongst some of the diabetic community. :slight_smile: I hope more writings like this become mainstream so people will learn how complex this disease is and that you can’t put it in little boxes.

Well said!

you hit the nail on its head! there is so much negative about Diabetes including the oft repeated message that Diabetes is incurable, life long and progressive that most diabetics tend to lead a life of resignation and pessimism.

There are a lot of heroes (both well known and not so) who are leading a healthy life with many accomplishments but are sadly not getting highlighted. it is precisely the reason why we included a section called diabetic hall of fame in our portal I will not mention the url because it amounts to advertising. And there are people who saved their legs from amputation by following some therapies that are trashed by the medical community as psuedo.

Continue your great work.

Diabetes IS incurable. That does not make ANY of us as pessimists or resigned people, nor as people suffering from high blood sugars, or with tons of complications. It is a REALITY. Diabetes has NO cure. Tight control and reversal of most complications is NOT a cure.

Well said Lizmari, I realized later on that people have different perceptions as to what the “cure” means. Reversal of complications does not mean cure, or simply because all the “symptoms” appear to have gone; because once your sugars are out of control once again, the potential for complications can re-occur.

I also would like to stress to my readers that, when I say “you can do it”, that wasn’t to imply a cure, it simply means that with a little push, you can possibly prevent future reduction of your quality of life. You know, diabetes can be such a devistating disease that it’s hard for many of us to process in our heads. Its understandable for us to want to think of “cures”. However, for now, there is no clinical cure to date, unfortunately.

by the way, I did not cure my cataracts, they both had to be surgically removed. If you consider that to be a cure?? Then so be it, but I don’t think so. There’s a difference between a cure, and a fix.


When you say “we don’t hear about people reversing their complications”, are you implying that we are shutting ourselves off from any positive news about diabetes or are you saying that there is no way to reverse complications? I’m nonplussed.

If it is the former, then why do you categorically assert that there is no cure instead of exploring what is possible? I agree with you that cure means differently to different persons. In the case of diabetes, I would say that one is free of diabetes if one is able to keep the sugar levels normal over a sustained period of time without any medication. Again what is sustained period is open to debate! And whoever said that “cure” is permanent? If the things that caused the problem in the first place like improper lifestyle once again enter through the front door, then obviously diabetes as a condition is back.

I agree with you 200% that surgery is not a cure! certainly not! And I am not referring to chopping off legs as curing diabetic neuropathy but saving it and getting back the leg into action certainly is. I have case studies with details but cannot give the links here because of the conditions of usage of this website.

Hi Diabetic Welfare Queen,

We seem to meet too frequently. You perhaps are thinking that I am trying to sell some tablets or lotion as a cure for Diabetes and therefore are quite antagonistic to my proposition that Diabetes Type II is curable / reversible. I am not a therapist or a pharmacist nor do i have any magic potion with me to offer. What I am trying to offer is an opportunity to look at possibilities and I am puzzled at your unwillingness to even consider such a thing.

If you consider that reversal of complications is not a Cure for Diabetes, then you should define what cure is and let us see if we can find a meeting ground. Merely keep saying the same thing and sometimes in CAPS doesn’t amount to truth.

And if you are convinced that Diabetes is not curable, then why at all are you here? Why all these discussions about something that is inevitable? Why don’t we grin and bear it till we pop off? No Madam, we are here to see if we can do something about the dreaded Diabetes by understanding it better and look at some ways and means to prevent, avoid or defer the complications.

It is not curable; however, it can be well-controlled. People can make lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc) but that is a treatment for T2, just as insulin is a treatment for T1. If you stop your treatment, T2 will come back. If it was “cured” stopping the treatment would not result in the return of the diabetes.

You seem to be wanting to well-controlled in the same category as remission in cancer patients. They stopped their treatment, and if the cancer does not return, they are in remission. There is no remission in diabetes.

People come to this site because there are more than just the physical aspects of the conditions to deal with. Long term mental, emotional, physical and financial stress will take it’s toll on almost anyone unless they have an exceptionally strong support network

A “cure” would be mean that you could eat what ever you want like non-diabetic and have your pancreas work like it is supposed too. THAT Is a cure. Having very well controlled BG can be done in several forms of diet modification/meds to not so restricted to extremely restricted. All of us on here know that if you eat certain foods and have tight control you can have pretty great numbers but go back to your high carb diet of the norm of society - you are right back where you started.

Until they can find a way to alter my genes, I will be like this for the rest of my life. Sure I can avoid complications by tight control - I am already doing that. I feel like I EXCEL at it - I have the A1C of a non-diabetic but nothing will will change the fact that I herited the bad genes that trigger off diabetes in my body at a certain age.

I know too well the difference between a cure and “reversal” - I do not have any complications. The only there is to “reverse” is genetic code in me. Unfortunatley, that can’t be done.If you figure out how to do that, than will can talk.

Great! now we are all talking the same language or atleast moving towards it.

@Scott: There is one seemingly small but major distinction between life style changes (T2) and Insulin (T1). By making the lifestyle changes like eating more nutritious food, having quality rest, indulging in physical activity et al, you are undoing the mistake that was originally done but this does not have side effects like medication does and more importantly it is doesn’t cost you a dime. More than helping you get lower BS, it also helps you get into a state of well-being. Let us all remember that our human body and life is much much more than diabetes and hence it would be better if we start thinking holistically.

Would you call a cold cured? Yes, until it is back. Nothing is forever or permanent. By Cure, I am talking about eating normally but carefully and having normal BS ranges without taking medicines (for a T2).

@KimKat. Do you really want your pancreas work like it is supposed to? It is possible because no organ is dead in a living human body. But it takes considerable effort, determination to go through a regime of a system like Ayurveda which works at reviving cell functions. You need to have a strong desire for the pancreas to start functioning like before and it is possible. Don’t take my word for it. Research and you will find it. Dismiss it and we are all back in square one.

Your GP or Diabetologist will perhaps scoff at the idea of your pancreas working like before but he/she is already conditioned. Remember that this is your life and you owe it to yourself to be healthy.

This discussion is now going somewhere.

With all due respect, this is not a merely semantic discussion. Lifestyle changes don’t constitute a cure. A cure means your body behaves like a normal body.

I invite you to read this forum topic:

I have a question, badrirag… If Aryuveda cures the pancreas, and all you need to do is “simple things” that do not cost anyone a dime… And if you have the answers for all of us who are apparently not doing the right things… How come you have an A1C of 7.2% and are on oral medications? Answer me that.


Perhaps you misunderstand the mission & role of TuD. Members here are not here seeking a cure, as you will learn by reading past & current discussions. Despite your insistence on a cure, there is not one. Your page lists that you’re a T2 for 15 years, on oral meds with a 7.2 A1c.

T2 members here are controlling diabetes through diet & exercise without meds. Judith is one shining example of the dilligence it takes to achieve a normal A1c. She isn’t cured.

So this forum firmly believes that there is no cure and you are trying to convince me of the same!!!

So, given this situation, what do you have to lose by looking at the possibility of a cure? It cannot be worse, can it?

I was under the (mistaken) impression that you will grab anything that even offers a glimmer of hope with both hands and run!

Anyway, I will continue my evangelism (or tirade)

If there is a cure, why are you not cured? Are you not embracing it with both hands, and running?

This is getting really personal and nasty but I shall not be provoked.

My process of discovery started just two months back and while i am on it personally, it will take a while for me to become a living example. If i am able to get my bs down and my a1c down to normal, will that convert your belief system?

Let me repeat! I am not a practising homeopath or a pranic healer and I am not in this forum to get clients under the promise of a cure. I am not even looking at subscribers for my website from this community because it is mostly india-specific. i have personally seen and spoke to people who have got their lives back and I want to share the message. You have a choice of exploring the possibilities or deny that they exist.

Do you people realize that I am on your side and want you to be free of Diabetes? If you think I’m not, just say so and I will leave this forum. I have no axe to grind by talking about a cure. I am not looking at a nobel prize either.

Thanks for all the engaging conversations.