6 Things You Need to Know
Yes, I know. It’s been a while. We’ll get into that later. But today, it’s D-Blog Day, and if there’s any time to update, this has to be it. Thanks to Gina‘s organization, this year’s topic is “6 things you want people to know about diabetes”. So here goes:
- I don’t have “bad” diabetes. I don’t have good diabetes either. I just have diabetes. There are lots of things I can do to keep myself healthy, but nothing I do will make it go away. The fact that I use an insulin pump doesn’t mean I have it any worse than I did when I was taking 6-8 shots a day. It’s just a different method of treatment, one which I feel works best for my lifestyle. I think I’m in pretty good control, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have the risk of long-term complications.
- Yes, I can eat that. In fact, I can eat pretty much anything I want. Diabetes has come a long way in a short time, but public opinion has not. Long gone are the days where diabetics had to adhere to a strict diet of 1 meat, 2 vegetables, and 2 starches each meal. As long as I know how many carbohydrates are in a food, I can take an adequate dose of insulin to counteract it.
- Diabetes kills spontaneity. I can’t just hop off the couch and go for a run, or stop for an ice cream cone on a summer day. That’s not to say I can’t do either of the aforementioned things, but there is always planning involved. What is my blood sugar now? Do I have insulin in my body that’s going to cause me to crash 2 miles into the run? Do I have enough insulin in my pump to cover this ice cream? Hold on, I need to look up how many carbs are in that.
- Diabetes isn’t necessarily hereditary, but it still scares the hell out of me. I love my daughter more than anything. Even though she’s only 2 months old, I know she can handle anything the world throws at her. However, I don’t want her to have to handle this. She has my blonde hair, blue eyes, and affinity for dairy products, but I really hope that she’s able to dodge this curveball.
- Diabetes brings people together, but they’re still people. The DOC (Diabetes Online Community) is an amazing thing. I’ve met so many amazing friends that share this disease, but we share so much more than that. We’re music fans, runners, triathletes, parents. It’s nice to have a common bond and a group of people that understand the issues you face on a daily basis, but it’s also really nice to know that they’re regular people with regular lives.
- There is no cure. There are treatments, medicines, and devices, but these are just ways to manage the problem, not ways to make it go away. Please consider donating to fund diabetes research.