If I could only tell you one thing about diabetes

By | 3 August, 2011

I can talk for hours about diabetes. Literally. Get me started and I have to be forcibly removed from my soapbox at some point for the sake of other people’s sanity. In a way, it’s quite nice to have a condition that has so many ;

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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.

7 thoughts on “If I could only tell you one thing about diabetes

  1. Annette A

    I think I’d have to add in a word about the T1/T2 difference (because I have to everytime I explain to a younger member of the family why ‘Grandad doesnt have to have injections but he’s diabetic…’)
    Maybe: My pancreas is totally broken and doesnt make any insulin at all. Without insulin my body cant use the food I eat for energy. So I have to replace it with injections/pump. Its a balancing act between the insulin I give and the food I eat and the exercise I do and the stress I’m under and other external conditions over which I have no control. Its difficult but manageable. Grandad’s (or Type 2s’, depending on who I’m talking to) pancreas still works a bit, but it needs help, so he takes tablets and might have to inject insulin in the future.
    I think I can get that out in a minute if I talk fast enough…

  2. Paul

    I go normally for a mix of the basic with the brief followed by a rant of

    “you have no idea what its like just because you watched an episode of casualty once where a diabetic truck driver caused a pile up on the M1”

    … There’s a reason why I try to avoid the subject, PR is not an inherent skill to engineers!

  3. Donald Thomson

    The main thing I would explain is: insulin lowers blood sugar and food raises it. The number of times I’ve tested my blood in the company of non-trained non-diabetics and if it’s been low they’ve always automatically said in pseudo-knowledgeable style, ‘Oh, so that means you must need some insulin’. Quite important to get that one right . . .

  4. Cecile

    Choose 1 of following:
    1)If I don’t inject insulin, I will become a skeleton.

    2)Embalm me with some insulin, or else dump rotting bits in bin.

    3)My antidotal insulin can sometimes also be poison.

  5. Megs

    On a bad day I would say

    ” do you seriously think I would have lost 75% of my sight if it was as easy as not eating chocolate”.

    On a good day a brief mixture of balancing insulin with food until their expression becomes glazed.

  6. Tim

    @megs – the not eating chocolate thing always irritates me for some reason. I then start on a more-than-one-minute lecture on how chocolate has a high fat content therefore has a low glyceamic index and therefore moderately diabetic-friendly. The eyes usually start to glaze over by that point.

    In answer to @Alison‘s original question, I don’t think it’s physically possible for me to talk about diabetes in less than minute. However, if people get away without diagrams being drawn then they’re doing well!

  7. lizz

    I must have led a charmed life – do you know (clearly you don’t so I’m going to tell you) that no-one has ever asked me anything about my diabetes or professed to know more than me or mentioned the fact I am eating something sweet when I ‘shouldn’t be’ or anything like that.

    I can only presume that the prominent gun marked ‘for people who ask idiotic questions or who just annoy me) that I wear strapped across my chest is working.


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