As a brand new member of this group, I thought I would offer a little background on my diabetic perspective. I fancy myself as a t2d activist of sorts, though I haven’t transmitted any of my rants thru the conventional channels so far - that is, to my elected representatives, diabetes association (mine being the Cdn Diabetes Assoc.) or even other websites. I have a blog with many entries, some quite angry and raw, showing frustration common to many no doubt. I use bad words in my blogs, so be forewarned if you decide to be one of the first to read them.
I’m not trying to offend or shock people, but I am trying to add a perspective not often seen on these websites, or heard in meeting, or found in magazines or brochures. I fully understand that I do a better job of controlling my t2d if I have a positive attitude, build on successes however small, and avoid negative self-talk. I get that, but I’m not a natural born cheerleader.
However, there are issues and situations and attitudes that, IMHO, need to be questioned, analyzed, and yes, attacked. I’ll start with one I’ve never seen anyone else express: I think that t2d is so different from t1d that each should have their own forum, activists, discussions, and battles. T2d issues are not the same as t1d issues. I think all diabetics have been lumped in together because the industry - the drug and equipment makers - consider us as one big fat juicy target group, and they just want to sell drugs, test strips, meters, more test strips, insulin, needles, lancets, socks, etc. If you look at most websites out there now in the NA market at least, they are run, sponsored, initiated, and controlled by the drug and equipment makers, sometimes overtly and sometimes covertly.
Of course, the drug and equipment makers are no worse in their sneaky approach than the gazillion people out there with phony “natural” cures for diabetes - by miracle, equally effective with t2d AND t1d, though they are very different diseases by cause and effect. These crackpots are all over the bulletin boards of all the big and little sites, be it craigslist or yahoo. They all rail against lipitor, which has had very extensive study and scrutiny, and make wild and crazy claims in favour of all kinds of stuff - pills, juices, treatments and tonics - none of which has ever been scientifically and independently tested. Oh yeah, these natural things usually cure cancer and reduce hair loss.
I chose to join this group because it appears that it is not a front for hustling drugs or meters, though I do wonder why we’re asked to divulge what meter we use in our applications. At least there aren’t all kinds of ads, fake info links and pap usually found on diabetes websites.
Phew, that’s enough for today. You won’t always agree with me, and you might not like my tone, but I promise to be sincere and not try to sell you anything but ideas. Forge ahead!