There’s no doubt that having to live with Type 1 diabetes is life changing and extremely challenging.
* Between the calculating how much insulin I need for the carbohydrate I’m going to eat,
* dealing with the unexpected high or low blood glucose,
* constantly injecting insulin or changing sites and sensors if pumping,
* finger pricking to check blood glucose or to calibrate and double check a sensor reading,
*waking through the night to a pump alarm because something is not right,
* Correcting highs with insulin, or correcting and treating lows with food/sugar foods or drink,
* working out how any exercise will affect me and allowing for that in my insulin & food calculations
* the effect a very hot day will have on me,
* the effect of having an infection will have on me.
* and then there’s stress. The one thing that’s guaranteed to have my blood glucose acting like a yo-yo and swinging from high to low
Basically, everything daily life throws my way must be factored into my blood glucose and how it will react.
Rant time :
All of this I do now as part of my normal life and I very seldom get angry about it anymore, I just accept it as a part of me, except when someone with Type 1 diabetes comes along and says it’s caused by “A Lifestyle” and when you calmly try to correct that blatantly incorrect statement your told “I read a book about it” and following that the next statement is something along the lines that if you “compare” type 1 and type 2 diabetes they are very similar.
– symptoms? Yes, Maybe,
– treatments? sometimes,
– causes? NEVER ……..
My mind goes, “seriously” what a load of shite!
I understand that the cause could be environmental, triggered by a virus or other illness, Iv always been convinced that extreme stress has triggered mine, but it certainly was not a lifestyle choice or self-inflicted stress.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease with NO known cause.
There are so many places online to research and find the correct information on any disease, it’s causes, symptoms, treatments etc but there’s one thing for sure, you won’t find all the correct information in a book.
Books may be wonderful things but they are not updated like information online is.
How on earth are people without diabetes to understand the “how, and why” of it all when we have people with Type 1 spouting this utter rubbish that others listen to and could believe.
I used to get very annoyed and sometimes upset at the statements from media and the general public but that doesn’t have much impact on me any more. However, when one of our own community makes those kinds of the statement and has little interest in correct education it’s time to leave the room before I explode and that’s exactly what I did.
There’s always something new to learn if you’re willing, then when you speak you can speak with wisdom. My tolerance for fools is zero!
If you don’t correct incorrect information then you are essentially and silently seen to be in agreement …..
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a few things.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, nothing I did or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes and no one knows what causes type 1 diabetes,
Type 1 diabetes happens because of our own antibodies attack and destroys an organ in the body, a response when antibodies that normally fight infection/disease mistake a part of the body as foreign and attack and destroy it. When this happens to the islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump insulin in to live.
Without insulin, a person with Type 1 diabetes would die.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes so prejudgment of a “lifestyle choice” Is unfair at very least.
A person with type 2 diabetes is producing insulin of their own but for many reasons, their body cannot or does not use it correctly or efficiently.
People with type 2 diabetes are generally treated with oral medication and sometimes with insulin injections.
A person with type 2 diabetes injecting insulin does not mean they now have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes never becomes type 1 diabetes, they are 2 completely different conditions/diseases with similar symptoms and similar complications if not managed correctly.