Sunday, June 30, 2013

What is Diabetes - do you know?

I would like to ask you a question.

Do you know what diabetes is? 

I ask you this because until a week or so ago, I would have had to tell you that I didn't really know what it was. Yes, Silent Sam has had it for almost two years but if it was ever explained to me, I must have tuned out.  It could have been part of the information that was given to us when he was diagnosed but I just did not absorb it. 

Was it explained or did the doctor just say “you have diabetes and this is what you have to do now”?

I asked Silent Sam and he said that he was not completely clear either. As much as I like to think that I am a unique snowflake, I am willing to bet that in my ignorance, I am not alone. 

I understand what we are supposed to be doing to help SS with managing the disease but as far as what it actually means, I was clueless.  

Also, I knew that when Silent Sam went to the endocrinologist’s office they did an A1C test. I knew this was the lie detector test for how you are behaving. I had no idea how it worked.

Do you know and understand this stuff?

Do you have any other questions that float around in your head but you don't ask about them?

It may not matter to you but do you know the difference between the different types of diabetes? Did you know that there are at least 4 different kinds that you may hear about more often but there can be other conditions or syndromes that cause diabetes? 

So, I ask you – do you want to know the simplest to understand answers to these questions or am I the only one asking? 

I would appreciate it if you could let me know. You can tweet me (@9inchplate) or Facebook at, or just email me at

If you have questions, send them along also.  Let's find out together. I'll ask the doctor so that you don't have to!

Thanks for reading!

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