I recently read an abstract on the American Diabetes Association’s website that I found quite disturbing. (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/18/dc13-0331.abstract) In a nutshell, the article states that there is inertia in the medical community in regards to treatment of type 2 diabetes. Treatment is not intensified even when glucose numbers are screaming for attention.
In a similar vein, I see comments online from people with type 2 diabetes who are struggling with their glucose control. They might say something like “my blood sugar is out of control and nothing my doctor tells me to do is fixing it” or “my doctor isn’t hearing me when I say my treatment isn’t working” or even worse “today’s blood sugars were way out of whack but tomorrow will be better”. This last statement is made without any indication that the person is going to do anything about those high readings other than hope they improve. Hope is good but it doesn’t do much if it isn’t paired with an action plan.
The common thread here is that people aren’t taking ownership of their diabetes. Whether we like it or not, we have to own our diabetes in order to control it. We can’t ignore it. We can’t let someone else tell us what to do when things aren’t working. We have to take the reins and do what we can to fix things ourselves.
This post isn’t about following a certain diet or medication regimen. There are as many food plans and medicine options as there are folks with T2D. This post is simply saying “Take charge and educate yourself.” If something isn’t working, then make a change! If your doctor, dietician or CDE is telling you to follow a certain plan and your blood sugars are still out of whack, speak up! Ask for another plan or, God forbid, make a suggestion to them that you feel might help you. If your healthcare team isn’t listening to you, fire them and find someone who is willing to work with you. It’s your diabetes. It’s your responsibility to own it and figure out what works best for you. Don’t rely on a doctor who you might see a total of 1 hour per year, but instead, be active in your own treatment. I’m not advocating that you ignore your doctor, I’m pleading with you to be part of the team. Heck, lead your team. Don’t sit in the back seat and let someone else steer you to your future health.