How Well are You Doing Managing YOUR Diabetes?


This guest post was written by type 2 diabetic and chef Ward Alper. It originally appeared on his website, The Decadent Diabetic, and was republished on Information About Diabetes with permission.

The simple answer is…BETTER THAN YOU THINK. Are you wondering how I can make such a bold statement without even knowing you or what you are doing to manage your Diabetes? EASY!! You are reading this article. You look in here at Diabetes Support or Information About Diabetes. You are being active in your Diabetes life.

I can’t begin to tell you how many people I meet every day that has Diabetes (or has a loved one that has Diabetes) and does nothing about managing the disease. They complain about having Diabetes, they might even moan and groan about having Diabetes but….and YOU are here connecting with your disease and others with Diabetes. Good goin’.

How often have you heard: “My Brother, Sister, Mother, Uncle, has Diabetes “bad” ( is there a good?) and they are just not changing the way they live”? I Got it, Got it big time. This is what went on with my family as well. Every once in a while my sister would say something like: “You know if you eat a handful of this or that, you will cure your Diabetes and lower your cholesterol.” Well let me tell you I have never run to the store to buy any of this or that to “cure” MY Diabetes. Guess what? The magic food never cured my sister either. Usually after a week or so she would give it up and sigh and have “just a little’ cheat.

We have all read somewhere that if you add something to your foods, it will lower your blood sugar. Well sometimes there is science behind these statements, sometimes not. Before adding anything to my foods, the first thing is that I have to like the taste of the ingredient. Bottom line is that if we/I don’t like it we will not stick with it. Cinnamon is one of these ingredients. Some science says it will lower your blood sugar. Maybe yes, maybe no. But the thing is that I actually like cinnamon. I do add it to some dishes, because I like it. If it is working or not, I have no clue, but that cinnamon in my coffee this morning was scrumptious.

What I find exciting is just how many of you, and the people that love you, are looking at Diabetes specific sites. Sometimes it is not easy. There are so many negative people out there that feel it absolutely necessary to share their negativism. Hey, you may have had to limit, or all but give up some of your favorite things, why do you need to have someone telling you that life is hopeless.

My deal is where there is hopelessness…there is hope. That is exactly how it worked for me and a lot of others out there with Diabetes. I/we felt doomed to a life of pricking our fingers, having blood drawn, and not enjoying one of the basic joys of life….FOOD! I remember all too well sitting at my table at lunch time facing some turkey and lettuce on a plate or tuna and some lettuce. Then I was lucky enough to meet Anne, a Dietician/nutritionist that introduced me to really looking at labels and finding a bread, or two, or three and turned the boring stuff on my plate into the old stand- by, a sandwich. Boring as I may have thought that was in my pre-diagnosis days, it was like a miracle to have what I REALLY wanted (that sandwich). One thing led to another and with a little help from Anne and from sites like Diabetes Support, I turned around my eating habits BUT did not give up the enjoyment of eating.

What was the alternative? My sister looked for the fast “miracle” cure, gave up when it did not work, and never actually managed her Diabetes. My friend Jack is happy as a clam eating his Klondike bar, taking a medication or two , or three, and going on as usual. I try to get him to look at my recipes. He looks and then grabs the Ice cream bar. He knows that it is not the best choice for him but the computer overwhelms him and is too much trouble. Really?

So as I have said, over and over and over again: Pat yourself on the back. If you are reading here. You are trying. I bet you will be surprised just how good it can get.

ENJOY!!! Be happy, be healthy, be creative, and BE DECADENT! –w

Ward Alper, The Decadent Diabetic