When we're all challenged to carve out that time to learn how to navigate Diabetes how can we learn effective ways to mitigate the damage and optimize our health?
My personal experience has been that while many have bits and pieces of the puzzle few have the whole picture or the correct data to create a comprehensive plan for that quality of life goal we all want. I am not at the beginning of my journey with Diabetes... chatting you up about the things I do with no long term evidence of their success. I am in the twilight of my prognosis.... I have beaten it by double... and I am still riding my bike on 10,00 ft mountains, with my toes, no laser surgery, and no loss of organs.
Meta T1d is here because in my 54 years of Diabetes navigation, I have done far more teaching and have gotten far less tools from the practice and bio-tech paradigms than I wanted in the quest for health and complication mitigation. After 54 years I have reached a level of normative dialogue with providers that feels like mutual respect but it has come at a price. The time it takes for the research is valuable time and at the other end there can be assumptions that I don't need much in the way of provision when I do. After all I don't have the ability to "really" see the bottoms of my heels like I did when I was a young and limber dancer. The downside to not being a doctor is that although I know in many cases which labs to run I can't write the requisition for them.
So... I have been told by providers at best that I need to attend medical school for the purpose of going into practice... and at worst I have been labeled a professional patient... but at the end of the day it all boils down to the Golden Compass... the one inside that tells you when something is right, when something is wrong, and when you don't have enough information (most of the time) to decide until you travel down the rabbit hole of research (aka due diligence).
The spirit of this blog is one of sharing and educating in a way that allows for your ability to be successful using all modalities that really work for more than the 44% dictated by studies while respecting the 2% of people who have legitimate issues with much of the current paradigm.
You will be allowed into the inner sanctum of my research... and what I think about the current arena at all levels… Something I wish I had when I was coming through the ranks and it's mostly not what's out there in the environment.
The bonus for you if you follow this blog or buy the book (yes it's a shameless plug prior to release because... well... it took 54 years to amass enough understanding and experience to write it; more hardcore time than many providers are in practice) is that you can learn without the more serious bumps I experienced along the way. This blog will be excerpts and added snippets from current daily living as well as other stuff along with excerpts mentioned in the book but nevertheless important for a larger picture of life with Diabetes... thus Meta T1D... Meta being from the original Greek preposition and prefix meta- (μετά-) meaning "after", or "beyond" to indicate a concept which is an abstraction behind another concept; used to complete or add to the latter, in pursuit or quest of, or "higher, beyond". In the case of Diabetes I have coined Meta T1D to signify going above and beyond the disease and it’s treatment, the current practices, and our own beliefs to get an aerial view of the quest we are on and what we need to crush the current paradigms and outcomes. They haven't changed that much in the course of the last 100 years, but neither has treatment, and in some ways it has become less beneficial.
You may not always agree with what I put on this blog but that's ok as long as you don't miss the importance of the questions it should provoke and the dialogues we can share to shift the current paradigms together.
Ciao for now!...