Did you ever see a story in the paper that drives you nuts?!!! Well, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson recently lost “a lot” of weight and claims he cured his diabetes.
“I was tested again and as of right now, I am diabetes-free,” Peterson said Monday. “I still have to watch what I eat, sugar level, blood pressure, things like that.
Say what?!!! Statements like his are so misleading and dangerous because they only perpetuate myths and misconceptions. Of course, all the major media outlets are running stories with headlines stating that Peterson is ‘diabetes free.’ What bothers me is that people with diabetes read these articles and start to put their faith into miracle cures instead of working to develop a better diabetes self-care management plan.
If you read a little further into the articles about Peterson you quickly learn that the 4-time Pro Bowler said he struggled with type 2 diabetes over the last year on and off the field. However, he played well enough to be elected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in four NFL seasons.
It seems clear to me that what Peterson means when he says he’s diabetes free’ is that he’s no longer taking diabetes medication. He is still living with type 2 diabetes. There’s a big difference. Peterson still needs to manage his health and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay off his medications.
I think a whole lot of people would have been much happier if he simply said I took my type 2 diabetes diagnosis seriously and did a lot of work on and off the field to properly manage my health.
That said, my discontent with his statements doesn’t overshadow how I feel about accomplishment. Patrick Peterson’s story can serve as amazing inspiration for anyone struggling with type 2 diabetes. You can do it!
He says he feels rejuvenated heading into this season with his health in the right place.
“It’s a big step, especially after you first find out about something like that, you worry it’s life-threatening. But it’s definitely something that’s controllable. The team doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed have done a great job monitoring, and I’ve been great so far. I’m ready to move forward.”
“This is probably the best I have felt in a while,” Peterson said declining to say exactly how much weight he’s dropped other than “enough.” “(I’m) moving real well. Much leaner, I feel much quicker, just more aware that I feel my time is now.
“The clock is ticking, I don’t have any time to waste. I have to put my best foot, my best effort, forward each and every Sunday.”
And being called ‘ridiculous’ is the worst thing that can happen to you in life. I was called ‘ridiculous’ for focusing on women with diabetes when I first started Divabetic. Since 2005 my ‘ridiculous’ approach to diabetes education and empowerment has reached hundreds of thousands of people. I have no regrets.
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