It still amazes me how very little people know about Diabetes. Some of the things I’ve heard or been asked over the last 25 years… if I didn’t let it all go over my head, I would spend every minute of every day as a very annoyed person!
This week (12th-18th June) is Diabetes Week, the theme being ‘Setting The Record Straight’, so I thought I’d do my bit to help educate others and, well, set a few records straight myself…
🎀 Type 1 Diabetes isn’t caused by eating too many sweets. My mother didn’t feed 6 year old me too many skittles…
🎀 Type 2 isn’t always caused by obesity and unhealthy lifestyles either. It can also be caused by age, genetics and pre-existing medical conditions.
🎀 Type 1 doesn’t always happen in children, adults can develop it too… And these days, children are also being diagnosed with Type 2.
🎀 Please don’t tell us what we can or can’t eat. We can treat ourselves to a cake or chocolate bar if we want. All carbs turn to sugar in the body, whether it’s cake, bananas, pizza or pasta. Insulin breaks it down whether it’s via a working pancreas or injections.
🎀 I inject myself around 5-8 times PER DAY 💉
🎀 It’s kind of annoying when someone tells you “Omg, fair play to you, I’d die if I had to inject myself every day!” No you wouldn’t, you’d die if you didn’t…
🎀 Every meal time is a mission: We have to weigh our food, calculate the carbs, test our sugar level then work out how much insulin we need. By the time I’m done, my food has usually gone cold…
🎀 Diabetic-‘friendly’ Foods are bad for us. Plus they give you the s***s!
🎀 “The Juice Plus diet will cure your Diabetes!” Damn, and there’s me been injecting insulin for no reason all these years!
🎀 Low blood sugar (hypos) CANT be treated by giving insulin, don’t do this you’ll kill us, you must feed us sweets 😜
🎀 Haribos and lucozade have saved my life thousands of times. Heroes 👌
🎀 Remember the 4 T’s: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner… If you or your child have these symptoms, get checked out asap! A simple finger prick test is all you need. Untreated Type 1 Diabetes is fatal.
Click here to read about my Diabetes Diagnosis and my difficult journey in accepting and living with the condition.
To find out what I think about the great Type 1 V Type 2 Diabetes debate, click here.