New Diabetes Dietitian – give me the benefit of your experience

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    • #10133

      As your officially voted second most useless member of the healthcare team, I am pleased to announce that (probably as a result of being a member of this esteemed forum for some considerable time) I have scored a promotion into a job as a Diabetes Dietitian.

      I haven’t started yet, in fact I haven’t yet got written confirmation of the job offer, but I am so excited that I thought I would shamelessly try to extract as much benefit as I can from people who have a combined 2,467 years of experience with this condition (I made that number up). My brother-in-law also has Type 1, but he’s no use – he even refused to inject too much insulin so I could watch what happens when someone goes hypo. What a spoilsport.

      So, as a newbie Dietitian very aware that each and every patient will have spent more hours carb counting, injecting and/or pill-popping that I have, what would be the most useful thing that you wish your Dietitian had told you?


    • #14409

      Congratulations Lola! That’s great news on the promotion!

      I’m afraid I don’t really know what to suggest though – when I was diagnosed my dietician and I quickly discovered I already ate pretty healthily and there wasn’t really that much to talk about… B’oh…

    • #14410

      Congratulations @lolablogger that’s great news. For the first time in 30 years I found a use for a dietician recently – I was concerned that eating only porridge, fruit and boiled eggs probably wasn’t a very balanced diet for a pregnant woman, but it was all I could keep down and I actually had quite an informative chat with my dietician about it. I’m sure this pattern will continue and look forward to another useful chat with one when I’m in my 60’s ;)

      I’ve always found dieticians to be a little obsessed with the need to eat carbs, and a bit lacking in awareness that actually eating fewer of them can help at times. I suspect even thinking such a thing may get you kicked out of the national school for dieticians though!

      Good luck with the new job, the fact that you have a sense of humour and some concept of what people with diabetes talk about in the real world should put you streets ahead of a lot of your colleagues :)

    • #14412

      I am immensely grateful to my diabetes dietician for helping me sort out my eating disorder. As a female type 1 I think it is now acknowledged that we can become obsessed with weight, limiting food intake and carb counting. Diabetes and eating disorders do not mix and are a fast track to complications. Being asked outright by my dietician and admitting I was living on rye crackers and diet pop instead of the balanced food diary I kept was such a relief. I wish you the very best in your new job and remember that some of us are devious little blighters.

    • #14413

      Thank you very much, everyone. Devious little blighters! Well, I never!

    • #14415

      Hmmm, I’m with Alison, I simply cannot understand the obsession with diabetics being given so many carbohydrates to eat each meal. It’s really no wonder many diabetics are so overweight. When I stuck to the ‘diabetic’ diet i was given, I didn’t have room to eat the healthy bits of the meal, I was so full of carbs.

      I’ve read elsewhere that the diet was made so carbohydrate heavy when it was discovered that cholesterol could contribute to heart attacks – at the same time as a healthy diet for hearts came into being, diabetics were also changed from a quite healthy diet that also contained fats, onto what I think is avery unhealthy diet of carbs to replace the fats. (On the basis of no research whatsoever.)

      I gave up as many carbohydrates as I could and now eat very few with a plate three quarters full of veg or salad and protein. I read the Atkins and the Zone diet but thought they were way too extreme. We eat as many veg and fruit as we want. However I did give up worrying about fats and at the same time ate way more coconut fat, almonds, olives etc.

      To my complete astonishment, my eczema and dry skin disappeared (clearly a result of not enough fat!!) and my cholesterol level went down to 3 point something. Good fats up, bad fats down – on a much more fatty diet!

      It think there is something very wrong with the thinking.

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