What they’d like you to think that living with diabetes is like

What closer to the reality of diabetes

What’s closer to the reality of diabetes

There are two types of diabetes

  1. Type I impacts children and young adults.  Unfortunately there is not much you can do to reverse this condition (that I’m aware of).  The problem is the body does not produce insulin on its own.
  2. Type II diabetes is more diet related.  Thankfully, this is the most common form of diabetes.  Some say you can be genetically susceptible to this condition as well.  While being genetically at risk might be technically true.  The truth of the matter is, if our parents have a poor diet, we are going to pass this poor eating habit onto our children.  Thus passing on the damage caused by this way of eating.  Now I’m not going to pretend that I’m a doctor and know how to cure type II diabetes, but I have witnessed people get off their insulin and live a normal life, through diet and exercise.
  3. Click this link for a fresh take on diabetes and that the disease is impacting more “skinny people“.

The statistics on diabetes is staggering in volume and cost.  According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), complications of this debilitating disease are:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • blindness
  • kidney disease
  • nervous system disease
  • amputation

The ADA also give the financial burden of this disease (Updated March 6, 2013)

  • $245 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012
  • $176 billion for direct medical costs
  • $69 billion in reduced productivity

With such staggering numbers, why isn’t more being done to alleviate this travesty?  I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I can say with absolute certainty that there are a lot of people making a lot of money off of this disease and it ain’t us!!  Now I don’t have anything against walking for the cure and raising money to combat the disease.  But let’s face it people the walks and collections are doing absolutely nothing to reduce the number affected.  As a matter of fact the numbers are increasing!  A visit to the ADA website shows way too many happy, smiling faces for my liking.  Almost like it’s so commonplace it’s really no big deal at all to be suffering from diabetes.  Just take your meds and life will be grand for you.  Oh puhlease…..So where’s the billions of dollars from the walks and donations?  Don’t even get me started down that track……..

The bottom line is that if we don’t take responsibility for our health, we can not expect someone who is profiting from our disease to help us.  Wake my brothers and sisters!!!

So many of our people are affected by diabetes.  I personally can’t count the number of people I know who have diabetes.  Their children have diabetes and generation after generation of families are all affected by diabetes.  I feel especially bad for the children who I know that unless they get on a proper diet, their health will continue to deteriorate.

Consider the following true story:

It’s a late Friday evening and I’m still working at the office.  A very likable co-worker named Kevin sticks his head in my office and says “have a good weekend bro”.  I say to him “Oh hey Kev you ain’t looking too good my man.”  He says yeah my diabetes is acting up. I respond “damn cousin I didn’t even know you had diabetes?”  I went on to say I see you eating doughnuts here at work, drinking lots of soda and eating a very junk food laden diet!  He said in a very somber voice “yeah, but if changing the way I the way eat means giving up doughnuts, pizza and beer I don’t know if life is worth living?”  He passed away that same weekend, leaving behind a wife, 17-year-old son and 13 yr old daughter.  Don’t let this happen to you, begin to make some changes today.  Put your health and loved ones before unhealthy food.
I get it there are lots of unhealthy food that I use to enjoy too.  As a matter of fact, I’d say I was the president of the now disbanded Junk Foods of America Club.  My favorite meal was a Faygo Red pop, bag of Frito’s BBQ Corn Chips and a Snickers bar!
Some of my past favorite foods:
  • Little Debbie’s snack cakes (all varieties)
  • Soda’s (grape, red, and Tahitian Treat)
  • Candy bars (Hershey’s bar, York Peppermint Patties, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers, Milky Ways, M&Ms, Zero Bar, Milky Way)
  • Sweet Tea (and I mean really sweet)
  • Krispy Kreme jelly filled, hot glazed, and chocolate doughnuts
  • Fried Chicken
  • Fries
  • Pizza
  • Fast Food of any type

So I know what I’m pleading with you to give up.  When I would eat these foods, my inner-voice would say “you’re going to get diabetes if you keep eating this way”.  I ignored those inner-voice warnings for many, many years.  The 5-20 minutes of satisfaction I would get from giving in to the cravings would be followed by hours and sometimes days of regret.  It got to the point where I didn’t even want to look in the mirror or God forbid take off my shirt in a public setting.

The funny thing is I thought I would miss these foods (and I did for a moment in time), but for the most part I don’t miss them at all.  Do I have the occasional treat?  Yes, but they are getting fewer and fewer as I enjoy my High School body (I just turned 48)  and new found fitness much more than the pleasure of any Krispy Kreme doughnut or Snickers bar could bring.

I like to keep things simple in life.  I also like to apply my God given common sense when possible.  Just live by this motto “I’m only going to love food that loves me back”.   Two things we eat that don’t love us back are sugars and grains.  At the end of the day, we all know the truth don’t we?  I mean do we need a 4 page report to tell us that McDonald’s happy meals and Fruity Pebbles cereal are bad for us?


One response to “Diabetes

  1. Karlene

    August 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Wow Simba! Much wisdom here. I can certainly relate to the food, and the need to take responsibility for our own health.

    As you know I was never much into junk food, but I occasionally ate some foods that a part of me felt were not good for me, but I ate them anyway, because they tasted good. Now that I found out (in Aug. 2014) why my body has been out of whack for years, due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and a host of other health challenges I have had to stop eating all of those foods.

    I am grateful that I am getting help from a wonderful medical doctor who practices functional medicine, is caring, understanding, and listens to me and my concerns. She has told me that because this is an autoimmune disorder I need to eat gluten free, and she and the nutritionist at her practice told me to cut out dairy and meat, to eat more raw produce, and to drink half of my body weight in water (preferably not tap water). I also need to exercise more than I had been in the past several years, and to get back in the gym with the weights. I am drinking at least 40 ounces of water most days; I might increase that by the current 23 ounces if I am to do half my current body weight. And, I am working on improving in the exercise area.

    I am doing the best I can to stick to this new lifestyle as I believe it will help me to get to where I want to be, not where I used to be, because that was then and I am different now.

    I am grateful that you created this blog, and this article. I admired you before, especially when I think back on some of our past conversations, and this is so much more exciting. Hugh and I are extremely proud of you and happy for you.

    Finally, I think it’s important to say that it’s much more challenging now to do all of the things I need to do (the things listed above from my doctor and the nutritionist are just some of the many changes I am making) to get to where I want to be. Had I acted earlier, and possibly not eaten some of those foods that “tasted good” I might not be where I am now. That said, I am hopeful for the future, and am grateful to people like you putting out articles like this, reminding us to take responsibility for our own health.

    Much success to you my friend.



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