You don't look like a diabetic

By | 20 May, 2009

I’ve been told this numerous times and it always makes me smile. But last week I realised that we diabetics are very hard to spot.

The Jonas brothers (teen band sensation apparently) are in the UK at the moment promoting something or other. Not being a teenage girl, this would have completely missed my radar, except of course one of them is diabetic so that forces me to take an interest.

The evening news featured all the big stories of the day – swine flu, global economic meltdown, MP expenses palaver and the fact that the Jonas brothers are here. I commented to the husband that one of them was diabetic.

He gave me a look that said “diabetic or not, we’re not going to see them” then tried to appear interested.

That’s where my knowledge ran out. I suddenly realised I had no idea which one has diabetes. I think its Nick, but I wouldn’t know which one that is without an adolescent diabetic girl to help me.

So, today’s question for the day, should famous people with diabetes have a subtle sign on them so that people with diabetes who aren’t their core audience can spot them? I’m thinking something along the lines of a Harry Potter scar that glows but is only visible to diabetics. That way I wouldn’t have to resort to Google to work out which Jonas brother has diabetes!

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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

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