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Fat-Acceptance Diabetes Support List


'Blue O' diabetes symbol

Diabetes Information

'Blue O' diabetes symbol Type I Type II
Onset: Childhood After 40
Cause: Lack of insulin-producing cells in pancreas. Lack of insulin due to inability to meet body's demand or insulin resistance.
Treatment: Insulin shots Change of eating and exercise habits, oral medication, and/or insulin.

Diabetes is a life-long endocrine system disorder. While it can sometimes be a royal pain in the behind it is not a death sentence. With today's modern medicine a diabetic can live just as long as most anyone.

Diabetes Mellitus is generally classed into two types:

Treatment for Type I diabetes is insulin shots to replace the insulin that the pancreas is not creating. Treatment for Type II diabetes can be any, some, or all of: a change in eating habits, an increase in exercise, oral medications that cause the pancreas to produce more insulin, oral medication that reduces the amount of glucose released by the liver, oral medication to reduce insulin resistance, and/or insulin.

Classic symptoms of diabetes include:

Myths & Reality (Back to Top)

There are a number of common misconceptions about diabetes. Here are a few that are of particular interest with regards to Fat Acceptance.

Myth: Being fat "causes" Type II diabetes
Truth: This myth seems to exist because many type II diabetics are fat when they are diagnosed, and being fat can promote insulin resistance. Yet it is just as likely, if not more so, that insulin resistance is the cause for a slow, steady weight gain.
Myth: Losing weight can "cure" diabetes.
Truth: Some folks claim that weight loss helps them better control their diabetes, because it reduces insulin resistance. It is important to remember two things: first, insulin resistance occurs in both fat and thin people. Second, it is more likely that diet and exercise changes have helped.
Myth: Diabetics require vigorous exercise.
Truth: All diabetics should regularly exercise - period. Whether you take walks, jog, swim, dance or do simple in-chair or in-bed calisthenics due to limited mobility, all you need to do is move. Movement helps your body use your insulin more efficiently. Type I, Type II, or even non-diabetic, we all need to do it.
Myth: Needing to use insulin to control Type II diabetes means you aren't caring for yourself properly.
Truth: Think of this: if you had a headache so bad you couldn't work, would you refuse to take a painkiller? All diabetics must do what they need to do in order to keep their blood sugars down and prevent long-term complications. Sometimes this means using insulin as part of treatment. Some folks are afraid of needles, some fear that they are on the "last resort" treatment, and some have doctors who have implied that only "bad" diabetics need insulin. This is all nonsense. If pills cannot help or completly treat your diabetes, you need to add insulin. Do it, you will feel far better.
Note: All diabetics should have some regular insulin on hand to bring down very high blood sugars quickly. It's the only way to do so!
Myth: High blood sugar mean you are a bad diabetic.
Truth: High blood sugar can be caused by illness, stress, a medication change, a woman's monthly cycle, an allergy attack, or a large pile of things. The only way to handle this is to keep testing and testing. Try to log when you test, when you've most recently eaten, and when and how much medication and/or insulin you're taking. Share this information with your doctors to help you both to decide on possible medication changes.

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