David Green’s Diabetic Philosophy.
Anyone who is or knows a diabetic will understand how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy, day-to-day level of blood glucose control. When I was diagnosed 28 years ago, the methods, medication and equipment used to manage diabetes were far less sophisticated than they are today.
I must admit, I was not good. I lost count of the number of times I was admitted to hospital and every time as a result of a serious low blood glucose event. These events were usually caused by either one of two factors; either eating the “wrong” food or not testing my glucose level often enough.
As the years passed, diabetes treatments improved and managing it became “easier” which should result in better control. Now, in 2021, a diabetic has a choice of high-tech gadgets to assist with their glucose control, with the insulin pump offering the ultimate assistance. However, whichever gadget is chosen there are positives and negatives that go with it.
From my experience, I will say that the “best” glucose controls are obtained when the diabetic obeys the basic rules of diabetes…
Eat a balanced, healthy diet, reduce added sugar to a minimum, exercise as much as possible and try to maintain a healthy body weight. “Treats” can be eaten occasionally but beware of the consequences.
I wrote my book with the intention of passing-on information gained from almost 30 years of experience. I want to make people aware that diabetes should not stop a diabetic enjoying life to the full. But.. and this is a big “but”… Diabetes is the master and must always be obeyed. If not, serious consequences will occur.. maybe not immediately, maybe after several months or years but if the basic rules of diabetes are not followed, for sure, consequences will happen. I am living proof of this!
These days, with all the advancements in diabetes treatments, a diabetic should look forward to a long and happy life with minimum problems, at least until later in life.
So my philosophy is this – Eat well, Control well, Live well.