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Re: [IPk] Diet

Hmm, I think you're in danger of rather a large generalisation there. I 
think it's very dangerous to act the smug "I got diabetes through no 
fault of my own, you inflicted it on yourself and don't look after 
yourself properly." Millions of people are grossly overweight, don't 
look after themselves, and don't have diabetes, so he's still unlucky to 
have got it when the vast majority of overweight people don't have it. 
And you can't possibly know whether he inflicted it on himself or 
whether he would have got it anyway, even if he'd not been overweight.

I lost most of my sight to retinopathy 15 years ago. I didn't look after 
myself in my teens and early 20s nearly as well as I should have done. 
Self-inflicted? It's possible, but I didn't do it deliberately, I just 
had issues that at the time I couldn't deal with. Do you dismiss my 
sight issues because you don't have complications and I do? I would hope 
not. Do you feel lucky that you don't have any complications yet? My dad 
lost both his legs last year after having diabetes for over 50 years. 
Was it his own fault? Who knows? Do I feel lucky I still have my legs, 
even though my dad didn't regularly test his blood sugar for a good 40 
years? Yes I do.

I have several friends with type 2 diabetes who are overweight, and also 
type 1s who aren't, who don't take it seriously, even though they've 
seen what complications can do to other people. I feel sorry for them 
because I wish I could get it through to them why it's so important to 
look after yourself to at least minimise the risk.

On 13/03/12 10:57, Sarah Haywood wrote:
> Hi Sharon,
 > That is true, but in the main, Type 2 is a self inflicted disease,so my way
 > thinking is that most (not all) Type 2's have diabetes because they have
> way too much of the wrong things and are grossly overweight - this guy is in
> his early 50's, very very overweight and really doesn't respect his diabetes
> in anyway.
 > So, the reason I was cross with him, was because Type 1 is a no fault
> just the unlucky get it, whereas in his case, his diabetes is self
> inflicted...........
> Yes, I would rather have Type 1 as we can eat what we like and most Type 2's
> can't, but I like to think that I would never let myself get to the point
> where I had Type 2........
> Hope that makes sense!
> Sarah
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