On Nutrition: Conversation about diabetes


We were having a conversation in the lobby of the hospital where I work. And I knew right away that retired businessman Bob Dehlendorf is passionate about this topic. "Do you know what type 1 diabetes is?" he began. "Do you know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes? ... every day of the year? ... 24/7?" I'm a diabetes educator. I work daily with other dietitians and nurse educators to help people manage diabetes. But I do not have type 1 diabetes. I ask him to describe his experience. "I was diagnosed 30-plus years ago. At the time, I was smoking a couple of packs of cigarettes a day. I was drinking a lot. I would make bacon every morning with three to four eggs. I was completely out of control." "My doctor came in and said, 'Look. If you want to live, you've got to knock off the smoking and drinking. And change your diet.' "That was it," he says. "I quit right on the spot. And my wife and I changed my diet. Then I had to begin to live life over again as a type 1."

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On Nutrition: Conversation about diabetes