If It’s Hard, Don’t Do It?

I need to rant for just one second. Recently, I heard yet another well known expert in nutrition (a nutritionist or dietician, I can’t remember which) telling folks with type 1 diabetes that eating low carb to manage blood glucose levels isn’t sustainable for most people with diabetes so it’s not recommended!

Just imagine if we applied this twisted logic to sports or academics. Getting into Harvard is hard so it’s best to just not try. Or, getting on the varsity football team is hard so it’s best to tell kids not to try.

Well, I’m here to tell you that living with type 1 diabetes SUCKS!!!!! it’s not easy and it takes a whole lot of patience, perseverance, and trial and error to achieve optimal blood sugar levels between 70 – 100 mg/dL. Shall I give up the fight because it’s hard? Of course not. My blood sugar is not perfect and I have good days and bad days, but this is what I have to deal with day in and day out. I don’t want sympathy or pity from doctors or nutritionists, but I would like some support and encouragement. I want more voices out there who are saying – “Achieving normal blood sugar levels is difficult, but here are some strategies you might try and I believe you can do it”. What I don’t need are voices out there saying – “Achieving normal blood sugars is hard so have some corn flakes and let you blood sugar hang out at 180 for a while. It’s ok because you have a disease and the strategies out there to help you feel you best are just too hard so just be a good compliant little diabetic, take your meds and hush up now.”

Just so I’m clear, I’m not advising a low carb diet for all and I don’t want to suggest that all nutritionists and dietician out there are dealing out this crappy advice. However, low carb might work for some people some of the time and thankfully there are some experts out there willing to dig into the nitty gritty details of a low carb, hight fat diet and attempt to learn how this tool might benefit their patients.

For those experts out there saying – “You can do this and I can help”, keep up the good work and thank you.

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