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Is anyone here Diabetic (either type)?
so I like to think of myself as being a bit of an expert.
Except I don't know which type is which.
is when the insulin producing cells in the pancreas die.
Type 2 is when the insulin produced by the pancreas is not enough to deal with high intake of sugar etc. (i.e. overweight people tend to get this type)
and I think he's type 1, because he gets hypos. Hypos are the bit I know about.
but I think they're sort of hilarious now (sorry).
My friend had one on the way home from a gig or the cinema or something and sent me into Subway to get him SIX BOTTLES OF COKE. I'd already given him money to get one and when I asked for it back to buy the 6 bottles he had no idea what I was talking about and some kind stranger in the queue ended up giving me the extra couple of quid I needed. About an hour later at home he was asking me why there was so much coke in his room.
It's pretty shit. Also people generally have got no bloody clue about diabetes unless they have it themselves or are partners/immediate family, i've talked to a fair few people with it (both types) and they all say the same thing :/
If you had diabetes drinking loads of smoothies every day would probably be off though
I also have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy(which I have a pacemaker for) which is more interesting and I usually use it as my opening gambit when trying to make people in little old dull me, but Diabetes is the more important in terms of actual effects on my health.
And it really is annoying to hear people's misconceptions, usually because they imply that the person has diabetes through their own fault.
I've only ever had to very bad hypos where my blood glucose was so low that my brain basically couldn't function properly and I was really confused, thought I had somehow moved house without knowing it and I started taking down the curtains as if that would fix everything. My old man caught me and could tell from my appearance and behaviour what was wrong. One bowl of sugar laden Shreddies later I was totally normal again. It was freaky though.
...as mentioned previously, if I didn't have personal experience with diabetes I would know pretty much fuck all about it.
Not sure why, no family history of it and has changed my life quite a lot ever since, not just the waking up in hospital with no recollection or the sparadic hypos. Now on more meds for high blood pressure, things like that get picked up as you go through many blood tests over the course of a year.
Being the type who over thinks most things, it wasn't been easy finding a heathy lifestyle balance (spent a year testing 8 times a day, not drinking at all and carb counting with food diary – which sent me crazy). Now more capable of not letting it take over my whole existance, trying to be a bit more relaxed hasn't compromised my HbA1C results, so that's good.
It does seem that most people don't really know anything about diabetes unless they have directly been affected, so this can lead to some interesting concerns at times at work when i get out of whack, even though they know!