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Not Just a Type: Diabetes, Fat and Fear

Not Just a Type: Diabetes, Fat and Fear Jennifer Lee I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at 34 years of age. My GP said it was reversible, if I made major life changes. The dietician clarified that it’s possible to stabilise blood sugar levels, but that I do have diabetes. There are important relationships to form with a dietician/dentist/podiatrist/dermatologist/psychologist/eye specialist/ endocrinologist/fertility specialist/diabetes educator My PhD was partly about medical ethics and I have always distrusted medical professionals until they prove themselves to me. But I used to be mousy and take what they had to give – whatever it was. Now, I fear that I will lose my temper if I go to the wrong doctor. If I’m told ‘you need to lose weight’, my stomach will tighten, my throat will ache, blood will surge. Nothing articulate comes to mind. Perhaps fuck off, or, oh really/I’ve never heard that before/tell me more: find a weight loss network/walking helps/eat less sugar/less saturated fat/check the calories/two standard drinks/portion of pasta/hate yourself/you are wrong/you are not OK/disappear/become thin/ After I found out about having diabetes, I read online medical journal articles about pregnancy and diabetes. I read about increased deformity and risks to the baby. After sitting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Not Just a Type: Diabetes, Fat and Fear

Somatechnics , Volume 2 (1): 80 – Mar 1, 2012

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2044-0138
eISSN
2044-0146
DOI
10.3366/soma.2012.0041
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Abstract

Jennifer Lee I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at 34 years of age. My GP said it was reversible, if I made major life changes. The dietician clarified that it’s possible to stabilise blood sugar levels, but that I do have diabetes. There are important relationships to form with a dietician/dentist/podiatrist/dermatologist/psychologist/eye specialist/ endocrinologist/fertility specialist/diabetes educator My PhD was partly about medical ethics and I have always distrusted medical professionals until they prove themselves to me. But I used to be mousy and take what they had to give – whatever it was. Now, I fear that I will lose my temper if I go to the wrong doctor. If I’m told ‘you need to lose weight’, my stomach will tighten, my throat will ache, blood will surge. Nothing articulate comes to mind. Perhaps fuck off, or, oh really/I’ve never heard that before/tell me more: find a weight loss network/walking helps/eat less sugar/less saturated fat/check the calories/two standard drinks/portion of pasta/hate yourself/you are wrong/you are not OK/disappear/become thin/ After I found out about having diabetes, I read online medical journal articles about pregnancy and diabetes. I read about increased deformity and risks to the baby. After sitting

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Published: Mar 1, 2012

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