Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:51 PM
JoeDavola, on 07 April 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:
My Dad just turned 60.
Diagnosed as Diabetic about 7 years ago - taking increasing amount of medication, having more and more health problems as a result of diabetes.
The 'Diabetes Nurse' told him to eat a good helping of carbs with every meal. Doctor just gave him increasing numbers of pills. I had been trying in vain to get him to switch to a Paleo diet, but no luck.
Finally a few months back things declined to the point where he got scared enough to try Paleo. Lost a stone and a half in three months. Blood sugar better than it's been in 10 years. Just reduced the diabetes medication by half, with a view to reducing it further depending on how things go.
At 60, he is slimmer than I can ever remember. If he loses another half stone, he'll be the same weight he was on his wedding day 30 years ago. It took years of me telling him that the doctor/nurse were wrong; he didn't believe me for a long time.
Needless to say now he does!
My Dad's approaching 70 and has been a Type 1 Diabetic since his 20s and probably owes his life to advice from doctors on a number of occasions when he thought he knew better. Having said that, he nearly died because the disease was initially missed.
This isn't to challenge your opinion, merely to point out that for every negative story that we hear about the medical profession, there are many other positives, which people tend to forget.
To add more generally, as ChumpusRex has noted, doctors, from GPs to surgeons, are generally well aware of the role of prevention in healthcare - diet, excercise and lifestyle and it is the first thing that they will advise a patient on, so the frequent generalisations I read to the contrary are speculative nonsense, I'm afraid.
Unfortunately most people simply don't listen and in fact in most cases seem to actually want the pill because it is the easier option.
This post has been edited by shipbuilder: 08 April 2012 - 09:53 PM
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