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What Have You Learned?

We all can learn something from those around us and ourselves. What is something you have learned on your diabetes journey? What have you learned about yourself, about the community, or about type 2 diabetes in general that you didn't know before?

  1. Hello , I have learned that we are all different when it comes to diet. We don't have to cut out all carbs or sugar. Everyone who has T2D is not on insulin. You can be on insulin if you have T2D. This disease is not a one-shoe-fits-all-all. Even if you have diabetes, you don't always have to be on medication.

    1. How wonderful, . That must have made a big difference in your A1C. Are you taking medication as well? Wishing you the best. - Lori (Team Member)

    2. Hello , Just wanted to check in a see how you are doing. Are you still following your carbohydrates and starch diet? I tried it, but I kept falling off the wagon.

      What was the biggest food that you cut out? Was it all sugar, etc?

      Diane (Team Member)

  2. I have learned that any amount of sweet is my enemy. My blood glucose sky rockets, & takes a long time to decrease. A diabetic friend can eat no-no food, & is fine. I cannot.
    Another tio, is the low carb 45 calorie a slice is good, & does not spike my blood glucose.

    1. Hi . It is certainly true that every diabetic journey is different. Is your friend supportive of the fact that you can't indulge once in a while? What is the 45-calorie food that doesn't spike your blood sugar? It looks like you might have gotten cut off before you could say. Thanks for chiming in! Best wishes. - Lori (Team Member)

    2. Thank you so much for sharing the low carb bread that works well for you! I'm sure that many members of our community will be happy that you shared. All the best, Lauren (team member)

  3. It's Sara Lee keto friendly bread 45 cal pet slice. This is the only bread I use. My friend is a good supporter. I've been a type 2 diabetic 10 years, & still trying to get used to it. I am insulin dependent for 3 years, after being in the hospital with sepsis, & acute kidney failure. I'm now stage 4 CKD

    1. My heart goes out to you, . It sounds like you have had a difficult journey. Do you feel good about your treatment plan? That bread sounds perfect. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing what you find helpful. Please know we are here for you whenever you need us. Gentle hugs. - Lori (Team Member)

  4. I've learned that everyone has to make choices that work for them. That because we are all different that what works for one person doesn't mean it will for someone else. I've also learned that with diet changes you can have some control over this disease. For me that means I rarely have to take fast acting insulin. Cheat days are not a thing with this disease as when you try to have a cheat day the only person you are cheating is yourself. I've made a lifestyle change due to diabetes. My whole family eats better now. I often get asked why I don't eat certain things because people just assume I can eat whatever I want because all I have to do is take insulin to be "ok". Educating others about this disease is a challenge. Everyone just assumes that I'm diabetic because I ate nothing but junk foods and sugar which isn't the case. The stereotypes surrounding this disease are horrible. I hope as more people become educated about diabetes that that changes.

    1. "...when you try to have a cheat day the only person you are cheating is yourself. " I love this, . That is such an important thing to remember. I wish you didn't have to educate other about diabetes and its causes. The stereotypes are so unfair. There are plenty of people who can eat all the junk they want and never develop diabetes, and then there are those who eat healthy their entire lives and still become diabetic. Diabetes does not discriminate. Thanks for chiming in. Wishing you the best. - Lori (Team Member)

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