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What Doesn’t Kill You: James' Story

James Hometown: Holgate, Ohio Age: 62 Diagnosed: 1995 Type 2 Growing up on a dairy and grain farm outside of Holgate, Ohio taught James more than how to work hard, he learned to never give up no matter what life throws your way — even diabetes. In 2011, he dropped his bottle of insulin and while waiting for a replacement he started trying to regulate his blood glucose levels by modifying the way he eats. “I was successful, and that got me thinking of others on Diabetic Connect who manage without diabetes medications,” he said. Lifestyle changes come hand-in-hand with diabetes, James says he had to change his thinking about foods, especially carbohydrates. “Whenever I was tempted by bread I remembered my blood glucose levels were looking pretty good, and I really wanted to not need insulin anymore,” he says, “I guess I was motivated enough to get me through the difficult parts without much struggle.” James created his own mind game to help with the diet changes, “I told myself this was an experiment, so that if it went bad for me, it wasn’t I who failed it was just the experiment that failed.” Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1995, James is now 62 years young an Continue reading >>

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  1. sdgray22

    Diabetes type 2 a progressive illness??

    Well, what is your opinion is it progressive. NHS employees of all kind appear to think it is just a matter of time before we type 2s have to progress to insulin taking and that the disease just progresses whatever you do. Is that so? or just another NHS myth!! I am hoping not if sugar levels are controlled does it get worse as time goes on?

  2. borofergie

    sdgray22 said:
    Well, what is your opinion is it progressive. NHS employees of all kind appear to think it is just a matter of time before we type 2s have to progress to insulin taking and that the disease just progresses whatever you do. Is that so? or just another NHS myth!! I am hoping not if sugar levels are controlled does it get worse as time goes on? Well, it's a self fulfilling prophecy isn't it? If you control your T2 diabetes the way that the NHS want you to, then
    it will be a progressive illness, and you probably will end up on insulin (not that that's necessarily a very bad thing).
    I think that there is enough anecdotal evidence (on this forum and other places) that well controlled diabetics don't always (or indeed often) progress onto insulin or worse.

  3. Daibell

    Hi. I agree with Borofergie. I've not come across any statistics to demonstrate that it is always progressive and in what way. I suspect some of the progressive T2s are in fact undiagnosed T1 LADA etc where the pancreas islet cells do gradually get destroyed. For many insulin resistant, overweight T2s I suspect many will have an extended period without insulin if they follow the exercise and diet guidelines on this forum as their islet cells appear to be funtioning OK?

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