I was at a diabetes meeting the other day and the expert speaker was telling us a sad story of how his wife had developed insulin dependent diabetes and how she and the family had very little structured diabetes education. This meant that she and her son did not know how to prevent complications like hypos. He also described the standard way of managing diabetes with a variety of drugs and insulin. Lifestyle measures were in there, but without any detailed explanation.
When the talk was over a patient stood up and said:
If I had a flood in my house, I would not spend day after day, week after week & year after year buying buckets, mops and towels. I would not be inventing different types of buckets and more efficient mops or drainage systems to ensure the water drained away quickly. I would find the source of the water and turn it off.
If you are prediabetic or diabetic, would you like to find the source of your sugar and turn it off? Look at www.diabetes.co.uk or www.dietdoctor.com for more information. Discuss with your nurse or doctor if you are on medication, as this will need to be reduced.
If you are a doctor or nurse, find out how you can teach patients about cutting down their sugar sources, and give them information on they can reduce their drugs.