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If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today Is The Only Day I Will Ever Give You Medical Advice.....

... and that advice is to GET PROPER MEDICAL ADVICE!

A couple of days ago a dear friend informed me that one of her closest friends suffered a brain hemorrhage. It appears to be the result of high blood sugar untreated. As I understand the story, her friend was insisting to treat her diabetes with only homeopathy, and it failed.

Now, I have a very strong belief in complementary medicine. I have used it myself on several occasions and I do believe there is a lot to be said for the benefits. However, the key word here is "complementary". Whether it be homeopathy, ayurvedic, Chinese medicine or whatever other form it is, it may not always be the 100% full proof cure for the condition or disease that you have.  Complementary medicine should be used together with, or integrated with traditional medicine.

I am a huge fan of all of these and others, and integrate them into my lifestyle whenever possible if there is no medical harm in doing so. I like homeopathy, and I get acupuncture often. (Yes, kind of ironic considering I hate that my diabetic son has a life sentence of several needles daily.)

It is difficult to accept that we might need medical intervention. Perhaps even more so if you were healthy most of your life, always abided by healthy lifestyle guidelines and beyond, and never needed any medical support before your world was rocked by something unexpected.

I am living proof that no amount of organic, healthy eating, exercising, breast feeding, making baby food with organic ingredients most of the time, and all that other positive stuff could protect my son from getting Type 1. I did it all right and then some. I was close to the walking poster child for "that kind of mom". However, I am now on a new poster and it might say "Stuff Happens".

But back to my point. Complementary medicine is exactly that. Complementary. While traditional medicine cannot always guarantee you a cure, complementary medicine is not an alternative treatment that will cure everything either. And in some cases it cannot help you treat the condition and may make it worse.

Since I started DiapointME and hash tagging images and entries with diabetes, I get at least one "miracle cure" follower every day and several more likes. On average, most promise to cure diabetes in three weeks.

I started getting so many miracle cure comments in this blog I recently started moderating comments. I welcome comments, but I am also very cautious that I do not want followers to misunderstand the severity of diabetes and what Diapoint is about.

Well intentioned friends send me all kinds of links and concoctions with the miracle cure. I politely respond back. There is some research that suggests that some natural remedies may help regulate blood sugars (and mostly in Type 2) but there is no miracle cure.  To that I often receive the response "What are you afraid of?" or "Well, you never know."

Sadly, I do know. I do know that if I took my son off insulin and administered anyone of those concoctions or miracle cures that he would die without insulin. If I took him off insulin and tried one of those "completely cure your diabetes in three weeks" solutions, be sure he likely would die before the three week period was up.

It is awful to say. It is so painful to see those words in print. However, I do not know how else to explain the severity of diabetes. It is deadly, and not easily fixed with the latest pop culture miracle diet. Diabetics need medical oversight, medical education about managing their disease, sometimes medication (in the case of Type 1, insulin) and regular medical check ups.

So please today I ask that you take the only medical advice I will ever give, and seek out medical advice for your diabetes. If you are thinking to try something alternative or a miracle diet or cure for your diabetes, please consult with your doctor. And not just any doctor - please go see a medical doctor that is educated and experienced in managing diabetes. And I bet they will be open to discussing complementary things that you are interested in to help you on your journey of managing this condition and living life to the fullest as a healthy diabetic.

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2 comments:

  1. This post caught my eye when I had read your DBlogWeek day 5 post. I love this one too! So many people these days are asking Facebook groups for medical advice!!! But thankfully, the practical advice always drowns out the shaky advice, so far.

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    1. Thank you Grainne! Yes, one parent group I follow gives a lot of medical advice.. It is good for a reality check, but always, always we need to make sure it is backed up with medical evidence.. Like today someone told me Chinese medicine would help my son... sigh... I'm very open to alternative therapies, but be sure, if there was an old remedy out there that cured T1, I am sure we would have already shared it with the world!

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