It still floors me that there are diabetics who come into the store and still maintain the same lifestyle they had prior to being diagnosed. They seem to think if they take their medication and insulin, that they do not need to do anything else to maintain their health. This is far far from the truth and is usually where the complications arise. If you don't watch what you eat, excerise on a regular basis and, if needed, monitor your glucose levels shortly, you will begin to see problems arise.
What few also seem to not realize is that diabetes is closely related to cardiovascular issues. Those two combined can prove to be a very deadly combination, but not in a way where it will normally kill you over night. Just because numerous people have diabetes and yet seem to live problem-less lives does not mean it is not a serious medical issue. You can't blame the diabetes for your complications, you have to blame yourself. Although in today's society it is so much easier to blame someone or something else as we often do not want to look at our own faults.
I should mention that I am talking about Type 2 diabetics. Type 1's usually have a very realistic grasp of their medical condition. It is the Type 2's who lack this understanding. It is unbelievable how many of them do not know what their A1C level is (let alone know what it is) or what to do with a carb ratio. One could corrlate that Type 2 diabetics are often those of a lower level of society and thus may not have adequet schooling to understand such a concept. I call bullshit on that one because unless you have a mental illness, it is truely not that hard to understand such concepts.
And now they're talking about 'curing' diabetes. If anything that is making the problem worse because I know of some patients who look at it as a curable disease. The odd thing is this is probably one of the easiest conditions to prevent. I have done over 40 hours of advanced training on diabetes and the more I learn about it, the more I begin to believe that the prevalance of the disease its a reflection of our society as a whole. It is really sad when you begin to think about it.