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    Sorry, I didn't see any links? I'm always looking for information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patnono View Post
    Sorry, I didn't see any links? I'm always looking for information
    I posted two links in my previous comments...Just scroll back through the thread and you'll see them.
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    Thank you

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    Patnono, I understand your frustration, but diabetes is a life and limb threatening disease. You simply MUST get a handle on it or it will kill you. Along the way, it may cause you to have to have limbs amputated and your kidneys to fail and cause you to go blind.

    My husband decided he didn't have to worry about it and took the position that he had too much to worry about and shouldn't have to worry about diabetes because it wasn't fair, and nothing like that would ever happen to HIM.

    He was wrong. What you do to manage it is up to you.You can't blame the doctor because you didn't understand what he told you. Go back to him and get it sorted out, and or go to a dietician or diabetes counselor and/or search the internet on reliable medical sites. Putting your head in the sand or shaking your fist at the heavens does not help at all.

    It's your life and limbs that are at stake.

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    Thank you for writing, I do understand the consequences of what could happen if I don't take care of it, there's just so many do's and don'ts that it's overwhelming. I do somewhat blame doctors because they are not educating me, one doctor refused to give me a referral to see a podiatrist. Another one told me I didn't need to test my blood? I even took a class provided by a senior center. They gave me contradicting information that I was given by doctors, WHO to believe? I Really want to GET IT.

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    Both, my VA doctor and my wife's PCP, help us with being Diabetic II. We do fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patnono View Post
    Thank you for writing, I do understand the consequences of what could happen if I don't take care of it, there's just so many do's and don'ts that it's overwhelming. I do somewhat blame doctors because they are not educating me, one doctor refused to give me a referral to see a podiatrist. Another one told me I didn't need to test my blood? I even took a class provided by a senior center. They gave me contradicting information that I was given by doctors, WHO to believe? I Really want to GET IT.
    You cannot blame doctors who are "not educating" you -- you are not a child -- they assume you understand unless you tell them you don't. You need to listen to the facts, not woo-woo stuff from crackpots and people who are tying to sell you some miracle cure or miracle food. The facts are not overwhelming but having to suffer from having your leg amputated inch by inch sure can be. My friend Carla could have attested to the agony and heartbreak of that -- she can't attest to anything anymore because the diabetes killed her at 52.

    The basic facts are that if you are diabetic, your body isn't dealing with sugars (other carbs turn to sugar in your body) correctly. You can deal with that by controlling your diet. You can get lists of carbohydrate containing foods from medical sites on the internet, or from a counsellor. Look at the American Diabetes Association's website.

    If you don't understand your doctor, go back, or pick another doctor. As to the doc who you say told you you didn't have to test your blood, either you don't have a real diagnosis of diabetes, or he's nuts, or you didn't understand what he was telling you, like maybe he told you were HEADING towards diabetes and would get it if you didn't change your ways. No reputable doctor would tell a diagnosed diabetic not to test blood. Get all that junk out of your head and get the medical facts. Managing your diet is no fun, but it IS manageable. Bizillions of diabetics do it every single day of their lives. If you get contradicting information about diabetes from some senior citizens' group, believe your doctor, not the group.

    If it really is diabetes, it is not going away on its own, and will kill you.

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    WHOA, sounds like I touched a Nerve??? Are you related to a doctor?? This Is WHY their always getting sued, because they are not informing their patients on how to deal with their diseases? I have a Right to my opinion last I checked? Doctors went to medical school to learn their job, I DIDN'T. I don't know HOW this works?? Iam NOT holding them fully responsible, let me make that CLEAR!!! But they are NOT being truthful with their patients, what doctor tells a diabetic to NOT test their blood??? You need to STOP being so DEFENSIVE??? I was merely asking for advice, not to be put on the defense for a disease I did NOT ask for, to be given the RIOT ACT too. You obviously lack empathy for other's?? Other have told me they don't like writing to this site because of people like YOU. We're just looking for a ear to bend? If no one writes, that's ok. So maybe you shouldn't respond to others if you can't be Civil. I pray that you get though what ever it is? I'm NOT going to respond to you anymore you seem to just want to beat people emotionally DOWN.

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    Patnono, Butterfly, like everyone else who has given you advice in this thread is just trying to help you, I've been reading her posts for a long time now and she is a very caring and empathetic person.

    You should listen to what everyone is saying, you asked for help and they are trying to give it to you. Butterfly is right. If you don't understand what the doctor said about your diabetes, then you need to meet with him again and have him or a nurse explain everything to you clearly.

    I find it hard to believe that a doctor would refuse to give a blood test for diabetes. I have it in my family and if I need a blood test to determine my blood glucose levels to prevent diabetes, they give me one. If your doctor refuses to give you a blood test and give you a copy of your numbers and explain them to you, then you need to go and see another doctor as soon as possible.

    We can give you all the advice in the world, but you are in charge of your own body and decisions, and you have to be proactive in your health.

    Here is a link with some information, please take the time to look at it and learn what you need to get done. https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes-tests#blood-tests

    Blood testing allows a doctor to determine the levels of blood sugar in the body. The A1c test is one of the most common because its results estimate blood sugar levels over time, and you don’t have to fast.


    The test is also known as the glycated hemoglobin test. It measures how much glucose has attached itself to red blood cells in your body over the last two to three months.
    Since red blood cells have a lifespan of about three months, the A1c test measures your average blood sugar for about three months. The test requires gathering only a small amount of blood. The results are measured in a percentage:



    • Results of less than 5.7 percent are normal.
    • Results between 5.7 and 6.4 percent indicate prediabetes.
    • Results equal to or greater than 6.5 percent indicate diabetes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Patnono View Post
    WHOA, sounds like I touched a Nerve??? Are you related to a doctor?? This Is WHY their always getting sued, because they are not informing their patients on how to deal with their diseases? I have a Right to my opinion last I checked? Doctors went to medical school to learn their job, I DIDN'T. I don't know HOW this works?? Iam NOT holding them fully responsible, let me make that CLEAR!!! But they are NOT being truthful with their patients, what doctor tells a diabetic to NOT test their blood??? You need to STOP being so DEFENSIVE??? I was merely asking for advice, not to be put on the defense for a disease I did NOT ask for, to be given the RIOT ACT too. You obviously lack empathy for other's?? Other have told me they don't like writing to this site because of people like YOU. We're just looking for a ear to bend? If no one writes, that's ok. So maybe you shouldn't respond to others if you can't be Civil. I pray that you get though what ever it is? I'm NOT going to respond to you anymore you seem to just want to beat people emotionally DOWN.
    I care quite passionately about the issue of diabetes and its effects on people who either pretend not to understand or blatantly disregard their doctors' instructions (my husband even blamed the doctor by saying "he just wants our money," as he cheated on his diet and refused to take his meds as the disease ravaged his body.

    I have watched two people close to me suffer terribly because of their own willful failure to assist in managing their own disease.

    You admit that it is idiotic for a diabetic not to test their blood, but you continue to use what that doctor either said or did not say as an excuse along with your idea that the doctor failed to properly educate you, which is silly. Doctors diagnose, and there are diabetes educators aplenty affiliated with medical practices and hospitals around the country. I know this because I attended the repeated education sessions with both my friend and my husband. They both were educated, but both simply failed to comply.

    As to having a right to your opinion, of course you do -- but as is oft said on TV these days, "you do not have the right to your own facts."

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