What not to get a diabetic as a gift....

I have been off the blog grid for a while. It was very busy month. I had my sister visit and dealing with family is always a hard time. I will blog more about how my sugars are all messed up now, but today I want to concentrate on what chaos they led to with the gifts they got.

So the first morning when my dear sister is over, she brings out a her first batch of gifts, and they were --- chocolates. I was a little amazed to see they mountain of chocolates that she brought out to the house of a type 2 diabetic. I made excuses for her saying that it was something she got for the kids. But a couple would have been good. It was a bunch. And to top it all, her husband is a diabetic, she is pre diabetic and she is a doctor. What am I missing here?

I made through the first day. Put all the chocolates that were not consumed fast in out of sight places. Then she wakes up and says, brother I brought you some stuff you would love to eat. She brings out about 8 packs of precooked stuff, which are all loaded with carbs. I was flabbergasted. This cannot be happening. I felt like I am in a dream. This is not a doctor bringing me a load of carbs and wanting me to be excited about it. And then the rest of the day, I spent telling her why I cannot eat this stuff more than a bite. She proceeded to tell me that I am denying myself simple pleasures.

We never really got over the first two days. I am still pissed. She is gone back and thinks I do not appreciate what she does for me.

So, anyone out there thinking what to get a diabetic, please do not bring them -
Prepackaged foods loaded with carbs.


Jenny said…
"She is a doctor, what am I missing here?"

Nothing. Very few doctors know anything about the relationship of carbohydrate and blood sugar.

They learn what little they know about diabetes from the drug companies that sell more drugs when patients have sky high blood sugars and thus have no incentive to explain that there are dietary alternatives to their expensive drugs.

And the ADA which creates and publishes the standard practice recommendations doctors follow to avoid getting sued STILL does not mention the word "carbohydrate" on the web page where they discuss "tight control."

The ADA's idea of "tight control" is ludicrous too--a blood sugar of 180 at 2 hours after eating, and they warn this might be dangerous even for type 2s controlling on diet alone!
Anil said…
You are right Jenny. The focus is all on getting you medicated. Noone wants to favor the idea that you can fight it. It is not eay. But possible.
Thanks for your comment.

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