11 Annoying Things Type 1 Diabetics Hear Daily

11 Annoying Things Type 1 Diabetics Hear Daily

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Unfortunately, when most people hear the word "diabetes" they instinctively think of memes of obese children choking down chocolate doughnuts or rotund people feasting on giant lollipops and gallons of root beer. Sorry to burst your sugar-free bubble, but this stereotype does not replicate us type one diabetics accurately.

Type one diabetes is not self-inflicted, so we did not eat our way into this disease. In fact, our diet was never a factor in our diagnosis, and neither has it been affected by our diabetes. T1s can consume any food in moderation, as should anyone. In other words, any thing you can eat, we can eat it too.

None the less, I find myself constantly giggling at the following phrases that continue to spill out of friend's, family's, and stranger's mouths. If you're a T1 like me, I'm sure you can miserably relate:


1. "Are you supposed to be eating that cupcake? I don't want you to die on me!"

We appreciate the concern, but yes, yes we can. Diabetes is not the inability to eat sugar. Unlike others, T1's pancreases won't produce the correct amount of insulin to balance our food intake, so we manually inject insulin to make up for what we can't otherwise produce. Anyway, sugar is not the only thing we take insulin for. Pasta: insulin. Bread: insulin. Banana: insulin. Anything that contains carbs, or yes even sugar, we can still eat as long as we take our insulin.

2. "You have diabetes? But you're not even fat."

I get this one a lot. Like I mentioned before, type one diabetes is not self-inflicted. I didn't eat a plethora of skittles and then, poof, diabetes. The exact cause for T1 is currently unknown. Whether we were a health nut or a couch potato, it wasn't our fault that we were diagnosed, we just got lucky.

3. "Are you taking drugs?"

This one actually makes me laugh. Yes, I'm injecting heroin into my stomach in the middle of calculus. What a rush.

4. "Can I watch you check your blood sugar? Ew! So much blood!"

No, it's not maple syrup that comes out of my finger like you must have thought, it's actually blood. Don't be dramatic it's not that much blood, especially since we do this at least four times a day.

5. "Don't only old people have diabetes?"

OK, I blame the TV commercials for this one. Diabetes does not discriminate against us; everyone is at risk. The reality is, one out of every 400 children has diabetes. 25.6 mil people have diabetes that are just over 20. I guess all 25 mil of us will be old someday, so, you're kind of right.

6. "Won't it just go away if you eat healthier?"

Type one diabetes is a chronic disease. So, as of right now, there is not a cure. The types of food that we eat will effect us just the same as it will for you. Our food choices do not in any way correct or neglect our diabetes. So, I'm going to continue to eat my nachos like any other average girl.

7. "I couldn't do that if I had diabetes. That must suck!"

When I'm told this, most people are referring to giving themselves shots and counting carbs in every meal/snack. We understand that it is a lot to learn and tend to, but don't tell us that it sucks because we know!

8. "Why don't you get a new pancreas?"

Why don't you get a new brain? First of all, it's not exactly a blissful process to receive new organs. Also, pancreases last around ten years. That would be at least seven life threatening surgeries that I alone would have to go through throughout my life. I'll stick with insulin.

9. "I know exactly what you're going through. My grandma had Type 2 diabetes."

If you really did know, you wouldn't be saying that. Most people consider these two diabetes the same, but type one and type two are vastly different, and I doubt you could know exactly what we are going through without personal experience anyway.

10. "So, do you have the good kind or the bad kind of diabetes?"

I would love to know what people actually mean by this one. I have never known how to reply to this because I honestly don't understand what they mean, and I'm not sure they do either. I wouldn't categorize any form of diabetes as "good." Some could possibly be easier to treat than others, but I wouldn't say that I have "the good one."

11. "This sundae is one big serving of diabetes."

I hear variations of this one the most. Others like "I ate so much! I think this McDonalds is gonna give me diabetes" and "This milkshake is like diabetes in a cup" are just offensive. Most people wouldn't dare to tease other victims of chronic diseases, so don't target us because you think our disease is comical. Not to mention, your insult is untrue and uneducated.


Speaking for myself and most T1's, we don't mind when people ask us questions, in fact we love it. What we can't stand is what people assume about diabetes. The jokes and comments tire quickly, so if you have something to say about us, keep it educated, and remember, we'd love a bite of that cake too.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Your Health Journey Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Perfection takes time.

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When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

You need yourself. You need to know that if you don't entirely put yourself in this journey, then you won't fully succeed. Your commitment to bettering yourself can keep you going even if you want to give up.

Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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