We have highlighted Lisa and her Type 1 Diabetic Son before, and I have unashamedly taken all of her recent post (below) from her Blog 'the Diabetic Alien' which you can see in our side bar.
Please read, get mad, get frustrated, get inspired, but please spread the news about what can be achieved. As Lisa so aptly says "I promptly told my son that he will not be getting any of those problems the doctor spoke of because he is on a low carb diet and exercises. He is smart enough to know I am right. I really am a diabetic alien living in a world of diabetic ignorance and misinformation."
Here is Lisa's post.
I took my son to see his GP yesterday for something unrelated to diabetes. He then started asking him about his diabetes, and said he would need to see an optometrist because diabetics can lose their vision, and to see a podiatrist because diabetics can get foot ulcers.
I have a few gripes about this...
1. Why tell a kid that he is going to go blind and get foot ulcers? My son despises having diabetes as it is; he doesn't need to be told what lovely things await him in the future.
2. My son will not be getting diabetic retinopathy or diabetic foot ulcers because he is on a low carb diet!!! Diabetic complications are caused by advanced glycemic end products caused by eating too many carbs and high blood glucose levels. My son's HbA1c is that of a non diabetic, so he is not ageing any faster than a non diabetic. He even asked what his HbA1c was, so surely he could put two and two together?? Why do I know this, but a doctor does not?
3. What he should have said is, "let's discuss your diet as that will impact on future health problems" To which I would have answered that" he is already on a low carb diet."
4. I am never asked about my son's diet at his check ups. Why not? It is the most crucial aspect of diabetes management and should be the major focus of the appointment. Answer below...
5. The issue of diet is never discussed at appointments because doctors know nothing about the relationship between diet and blood glucose control!!!
6. WIth the high incidence of diabetes in this country, why don't GPs let alone endocrinologists and dieticians (ha ha) know anything about the advantages of a low carb diet for diabetics???? It is most DISTURBING. What the heck do they learn at university?
7. Why have I had to do all my own research to find out how to keep my son healthy? Is that not what a healthcare provider should be doing?
8. Why do Diabetes agencies and the federal government promote high carb low fat diets as healthy??? I think I know the answer to this one - money speaks. Keeping people healthy does not benefit those who make a living out of keeping people sick.
9. I was advised at diagnosis by a "specialist diabetic dietitian" (huh?) that "there is no such thing as a diabetic diet anymore, and diabetics can eat anything, even MC DONALDS as long as they inject enough insulin." OH WOW. THAT WAS NUTRITIONAL ADVICE??? I am not kidding. Those were her exact words.
Is it any wonder I am so cynical and sarcastic about this issue. Please parents of diabetic children, do your own research. Experiment with different foods. Work out for yourself what makes their blood glucose go high. Don't feed them food that makes them go hyper. Keep them healthy. I work in healthcare, and I know how awful diabetic complications are. Your child does not have to develop them. I am so passionate about this, I am writing a very long document on diabetic care for children, explaining what I have learnt this past year. Maybe I will give it to his doctor one day. I will definitely share my finding and knowledge on this blog.
After we left the clinic, I promptly told my son that he will not be getting any of those problems the doctor spoke of because he is on a low carb diet and exercises. He is smart enough to know I am right. I really am a diabetic alien living in a world of diabetic ignorance and misinformation.
Rant over for now."
I like your statement and have repeated it,"I really am a diabetic alien living in a world of diabetic ignorance and misinformation."
Keep posting, keep spreading the word. If we each only help one person a day. That person stops and thinks ... there is another way I can treat my diabetes... then the right progress is being made. But it's an uphill struggle.
The power of your love and what you are achieving for your son is to be admired and applauded.
Feel free to have a rant or moan any time .....
And most importantly feel free to pass on what can be achieved ....
LCHF all the way
All the best Jan