In Type 1 Diabetes, it is most important to instill in the patient(person) the foundation for education, care and responsibility for good management. This can be made possible by having good Endocrinologists available who are more interested in Type 1 Diabetes than Thyroid Disease or Type 2 Diabetes(Insulin Resistant Disease), as well as having the opportunity to avail themselves of Certified Diabetes Educators and other Healthcare providers.
From the age of 6, I was fortunate enough to meet Physicians who stressed and encouraged my "taking care of myself and in learning as much as possible about the illness so as to become responsible for day to day living with Diabetes". This responsibility is a necessary part for the patient who is the one managing his/her illness 24/7.
I use the analogy of the Driver's Seat. You and your Physician as well as other Diabetes related Healthcare providers should both be sitting in the front seat of the car with the Physician at the wheel. Never sit in the "Passenger's Seat". You have the responsibility and duty to make decisions regarding your care along with your Physician and others.
When you choose to seat in the "Passenger's Seat" you have given up your autonomy. Not very good for ideal Diabetes Management.
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- I do not give up my Autonomy,especially to the Medical Profession. Passionate, Creative, Able to see Beauty within Simplicity, I Am Not A Diabetic, rather I have Diabetes (there is a big difference between the two on many levels).Type 1 Diabetes since 5 years of age. Belief in G-D