insulin, lifestyle, type 1 diabetes

I’m not the same as your Grandma.

Close up of syringe with vial of medication isolated on white backgroundNot every diabetic is the same. I know we may have the same labels, but we are still not all the same. Doctors who think we fit in cute little categories all tight and snug are morons. Why is this?

  • We have different lifestyles. Athletes, health-freaks,  go-go-gos, carnivores, moms, . . . . . all different kinds of people have different needs.
  • We eat differently. I know for myself I grew up with veggies on my plate and a helping of meat.  I am careful of my carb amount on my plate but I love them. I’m Italian and love my pasta. Yet, there are vegan, vegetarians and people doing the paleo diet. There are different ways to eat, different cultures and different diets. Not all diabetics eat the same and there is no one diet that is a cure-all.
  • We have different tools. Some of us use what is called an insulin pen, insulin pumps, needle and vials or pill medication.  It all depends on what kind of diabetes is being treated, your lifestyle and your personal preference.
  • Our bodies are not the same. Our bodies respond similarly to medication, again, depending on the type of diabetes you have. Most diabetics respond to exercise by their blood sugar going up but mine goes down.  I need a lot of insulin where others might not. Depends on your own body.

 

Please don’t say I’m like Grandma or your cousin Timmy. I assure you, we are not the same.

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