Forest for the Trees

by Leighann on July 5, 2009

No, we certainly can’t see the forest for the trees. Diabetes is an every day, every hour medical condition that in some ways rules our lives and our schedules.

I was browsing the posts queued up in my feed reader. I began reading The Green Fork’s post The Revolution Will Not Be (Petrochemically) Fertilized.

While I may be in agreement with some of what is proselytized, I actually couldn’t read much beyond the first few paragraphs because the first sentence stuck in my mind:

“If you think diabetes and obesity are the two biggest health care crises Americans face these days, you’re missing the forest for the trees–literally.”

Here’s the comment I left:

Type 2 diabetes. You might want to change your post to read “Type 2.”

As the parent of a Type 1 diabetic, you wouldn’t believe how many times I am asked if I could have prevented it with diet and exercise. The media lumps both types together (or fails to differentiate between the two). This does a great disservice in that is disseminates inaccuracies.

I always assure people that our vegetarian lifestyle, low in processed food and high in “real food,” in no way made her diabetic. In fact, we had to make almost no changes to her diet after diagnosis because she was already eating so well.

And diabetes *is* a healthcare crisis. Ask my four-year-old who gets four injections a day. It’s very easy for someone not affected to make the statement you did.

I did manage to go back and read the entire post, hoping to find differentiation. But none was there. Nothing like spreading a wide blanket of blame.

Update: The author did respond to me and made some changes in the wording.

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1 Reyna July 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

Thank you Leighann for your response to the original post…I went and read it and the author’s response. You are making a difference for all of us.

AGAIN – A BIG THANK YOU for all that you do for the type 1 community!!!!


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