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Things Not To Say To A Type 1 Diabetes

10 Things School Staff Should Know About Type 1 Diabetes

10 Things School Staff Should Know About Type 1 Diabetes

10 things school staff should know about type 1 diabetes 10 things school staff should know about type 1 diabetes Children will not outgrow type 1 diabetes: With type 1 diabetes, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin have been destroyed. People with type 1 diabetes will always have to take insulin injections (until there is a cure). Changes in lifestyle or diet will not improve type 1 diabetes. Insulin is not a cure: But it is the only treatment. Without insulin, people with type 1 diabetes would die. It takes a lot of work to manage diabetes: Children with type 1 diabetes usually look healthy. Thats because they and their families are working hard to keep blood sugar levels in a target range. They do this by checking levels frequently, and acting quickly when neededsuch as adding insulin to account for a special treat, or having a snack because of extra physical activity. Technology is helpful, but it doesnt work on its own: Some students wear insulin pumps to deliver insulin. A pump is another way to deliver insulin, and whether or not to use a pump is an individual choice. Other students wear continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), which take blood sugar readings every few minutes. But none of these devices works on its own. People still have to carefully monitor blood sugar, food intake, and activity, and make decisions about how much insulin to give and when. Blood sugar levels can change quickly: Its important to check blood sugar often, because there are many factors that can cause it to change from minute to minute. Low blood sugar needs immediate attention: If a student feels low, or you suspect a student is low, act right away. Do not leave the student alone. Check blood sugar, and give fast-acting sugar as needed. High blood sugar means extra trips to t Continue reading >>

8 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes

8 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes

8 things you should never say to someone with type 1 diabetes There are many misconceptions about diabetes, which means people with type 1 diabetes are often asked a lot of insensitive questions. Here are eight things you should never ask or say. When people find out that you have type 1 diabetes , they tend to ask a lot of questions. Generally, this is a good thing as it creates greater awareness. Unfortunately, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are still poorly understood by the average person, meaning that people with diabetes tend to get asked a lot of inappropriate and insensitive questions. As someone with type 1 diabetes, Health24s Laura Newnham is no stranger to these kinds of comments and questions. Here are the eight things she is most tired of hearing: 1. Did you get diabetes from eating too much sugar? This kind of blame-game statement may not only make someone with type 1 feel like having the condition is somehow their own fault, it is also untrue. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by poor eating habits, it is actually an autoimmune condition. This means that the bodys own immune system turns on itself and attacks the pancreas, destroying the cells that produce insulin. This eventually leads to type 1 diabetes. It is not preventable and currently cannot be cured. 2.How can you have diabetes, you arent fat? Unlike type 2 diabetes, developing type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with being overweight. Prior to being diagnosed, one of the main symptoms of type 1 diabetes is unexplained weight loss, and this may actually prompt them to seek medical attention. 3. My moms aunt had diabetes and she had to have her leg amputated. This is something that no one with diabetes wants to hear. Yes, the reality is that diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputations globally Continue reading >>

Top 10 Things Never To Say To A T1d Parent

Top 10 Things Never To Say To A T1d Parent

They mean well. They really do. But many people just don’t realize that the seemingly “helpful,” reassuring, or casual, off-hand remarks they make upon learning that your child has type 1 diabetes just…aren’t. And who can blame them? They probably know as much about type 1 as you did before your son or daughter was diagnosed. Still, some of the comments T1D parents hear can be supremely frustrating or even downright hurtful. So here’s your chance to set these well-intentioned friends, family members and acquaintances straight — by sharing this list as a public service announcement or by picking up some ideas for clever, tactful ways to respond when you hear one of these doozies, courtesy of Jeniece Trast, R.N., C.D.E., M.A., clinical research nurse manager and certified diabetes educator at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. 1. “Well, at least it’s not fatal.” This type of statement minimizes all the work parents do to manage their child’s diabetes — and ignores the fact that many parents do worry very much about their child’s long-term health and safety. “Diabetes is a challenging disease to manage because it involves food, insulin, blood sugar monitoring, exercise and so much more,” says Trast. “People who are able to manage their diabetes well are usually healthy individuals who lead long successful lives. However, there is always the risk of low and high blood sugars no matter how well controlled a person’s diabetes is, and both of these things can be life-threatening if not properly treated.” Parents, consider responding: “I am so glad that my child is happy and healthy right now. However, diabetes unfortunately can cause medical emergencies that can be very dangerous, so we work hard every day to try to prevent those. Continue reading >>

6 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Diabetes

6 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Diabetes

After living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 17 years there are still comments that take me by surprise, and not usually in a good way. People chuckle when I tell them the title of the book I wrote, "If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?"...but I chose that title because my senior prom date asked me that before he went in there for the kiss! There are so many misconceptions about people living with diabetes and in my work as a spokesperson for various diabetes-related groups, I try hard to dispell them. Here are some insulting comments I've received over the years. Don't be this person. 6 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Diabetes: 1. "It's your fault you got diabetes."This can be said in several different ways…."you ate too much when you were younger", or "your parents fed you too much candy when you were a kid", or when people say, "if you had just eaten better and/or exercised more you wouldn't have diabetes." First off, if you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, we could’ve eaten spinach leaves for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still had the same fate…it’s an auto-immune disease. If you have type 2 diabetes, although lifestyle factors do play a factor in diagnosis, there are also several other factors that play into getting diagnosed….family history, race and older age. Let's be honest….I would say most people don't respond well to being shamed. 2. "I could never have diabetes because I could never give myself a shot." This is simply not helpful. Do you think I enjoy being a pincushion? For my younger brother Will and I, we had no choice in getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a very young age. You’re forced into a new discipline and you have no choice if you want to take shots or not. Insulin is our life support. Trust me, if we didn't Continue reading >>

Top 29 Most Annoying Things To Say To People With Diabetes

Top 29 Most Annoying Things To Say To People With Diabetes

Before I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I didn’t know anything about the disease. I might have also said something thoughtless out of pure ignorance. That’s what I try to remind myself when a non-diabetic (or maybe even a diabetic) says something to me about diabetes that is rude, annoying, or even offensive. These comments often stem from a simple lack of knowledge, being misinformed by general media, sometimes thoughtlessness and lack of consideration, and sometimes even fear. While I try to remind myself to be patient with a person’s lack of knowledge around diabetes, and that I believe it’s important that I try to kindly educate and teach those people (so they don’t repeat the same comments to someone else), those comments can still get old, hurt your feelings, make you laugh, and frustrate you to no end. This list is about knowing you’re not alone, and you’re not the only one who has been on the receiving end of these comments. The top 29 most annoying things to say to people with any type of diabetes: My grandma had diabetes. She lost her leg, then she died. (Thank you, that’s inspiring!) You’ll die if you eat sugar, right? You have diabetes? You don’t look that fat. (Gee, thanks….) You take insulin? Oh, you must have the bad kind of diabetes. (Really? What’s the good kind?) Your child has diabetes? Did they get it because you fed them too much candy? Oh my god, you have to take shots every day? I’d die if I had to do that. (Well, I’d die if I didn’t.) Doesn’t that hurt? (Um, yeah, it’s a sharp object going into my body. Duh!) Well, that sounds better than something like leukemia. Oh my god, can you eat that? You can’t eat that! That’s the disease that causes you to lose your legs, right? I heard you can cure that with di Continue reading >>

Diabetes Etiquette: What To Say And What To Keep To Yourself

Diabetes Etiquette: What To Say And What To Keep To Yourself

Show friends and family members with diabetes you care by following this simple diabetes etiquette guide. Developed by William Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, these "diabetiquette" tips show you 10 ways to support and encourage a loved one who has diabetes. DO realize and appreciate that managing diabetes is hard work. Diabetes management is a full-time job that your loved one didn't apply for, didn't want, and can't quit. It involves thinking about what, when, and how much to eat, while also factoring in exercise, medication, stress, blood sugar monitoring, and so much more -- each and every day. Just being aware of this can help you be more understanding. From our readers: "My family encourages me when they know I'm not feeling well and need a little extra help." -- Denise Feller, PWD type 2, from Peoria, Illinois. DON'T offer unsolicited advice about nutrition or other aspects of diabetes. You may mean well, but giving advice about someone's personal habits isn't kind -- especially when the advice is not requested. Besides, many of the popularly held beliefs about diabetes (for example, "you should just stop eating sugar") are outdated or just plain wrong. From our readers: "It makes me angry when people who know nothing about diabetes tell me what I should and shouldn't eat." -- Kelsey Bodenhamer, PWD type 2, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. DO offer to join in making healthy lifestyle changes. Offer to partner with your loved one in efforts to change, such as starting an exercise program. It's one of the most powerful ways you can help. After all, a healthy lifestyle benefits everyone! From our readers: "My coworkers go for walks with me over our lunch breaks. They cheer for me when I lose a little weight, and ask me what my blood sugars Continue reading >>

10 Dumb Af Questions People Ask Type 1 Diabetics About Their Lifestyle

10 Dumb Af Questions People Ask Type 1 Diabetics About Their Lifestyle

The other day, I sat in the dentist chair (a place I dread with every fiber of my being) and chatted with the hygienist. She double-checked my medical history, highlighting the fact I'm a type 1 diabetic. Then, she asked about any recent hospitalizations, and I admitted I had recently been in the hospital for about a week with complications due to my diabetes. All was fine until the end of the visit. The dentist informed me if I took better care of myself via a low-carb diet and exercise, I would be able to "fix" my diabetes. (Yes, she said "fix.") I replied in an agitated tone that I would never live a day without carb-counting, insulin shots and finger pricks. Her confused look made me realize just how naïve and ignorant people can be. She had no idea what the differences are between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She honestly believed a healthy diet would solve all of my problems. Newsflash: Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are astronomically different. Type 1 diabetes occurs when you are insulin-dependent, meaning you have a lack of insulin. Basically, if you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not produce the insulin you need to regulate the metabolism of the carbohydrates you put in your body (which is why we have to do insulin shots when we eat). Your cells do not absorb sugar properly, which affects energy production. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes occurs when you are non-insulin-dependent or insulin resistant, meaning your diabetes is a result of your body not producing enough insulin or ineffectively using insulin. All things considered, type 1 diabetes is not preventable, but type 2 diabetes is. Both diseases are difficult to control and handle, but the distinction between the two is important to note. Type 1 diabetics hear a lot of inaccurate and ridiculous Continue reading >>

What Not To Say To Someone With Diabetes

What Not To Say To Someone With Diabetes

What Not to Say to Someone With Diabetes How You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, According to Experts Should you be eating that? Andrea Braverman, 57, who has Type 1 diabetes, has heard that commentand many more. People say, If you didnt eat so much sugar, you wouldnt have diabetes, or Controlling your diet and exercise will cure your diabetes. You get frustrated, you get angry, you feel intruded upon, says the professor of psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University. You feel judged. In fact, a 2016 survey conducted by Wakefield Research reported that 76 percent of people with diabetes have felt judged by family members or friends for how they manage their diabetes, while over half felt frequently judged. Follow these guidelines to show your support. Diabetes Is More Complicated Than You Know In general, people know a lot more about diabetes than they did 30 years ago, says John Zrebiec, director of behavioral health at Joslin Diabetes Center, so they feel more qualified to comment than ever before. But reading an occasional news story doesnt make you an expert. Diabetes is very complex and very confusing, he says. People can do everything right but still get blood sugar [results] that make no sense. People who dont have diabetes think if you do everything right, it should turn out right. But that isnt always true. Lifestyle fixes are only one part of a larger picture, says Susan Guzman, co-founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where people have little to no pancreatic function, and Type 2 is based on a lot of factors that arent in our controlgenes and the environment and even climate change, she says. In other words, your judgmental comments may be way off the mark. People with diabetes can internalize your negative message Continue reading >>

7 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes

7 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes

7 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Type 1 Diabetes Medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD on October 21, 2015 Written by The Healthline Editorial Team If you have diabetes, you know that what others say about your health isnt always right. And, not to mention, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are oftentimes confused for one another. Your family and friends may think their words of wisdom are helpful, when theyre really hurtful. We asked people who are living with type 1 diabetes to share the most bothersome or annoying things people they know have said about the disease. Heres a sampling of what those people said and what they couldve said instead. One of the biggest misunderstandings about type 1 diabetes is what causes it. Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 isnt caused by environmental factors like high cholesterol levels, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle. The exact causes of type 1 diabetes are unknown. Its best not to guess or make assumptions about your friends health history. Do your research, and ask them questions if they seem open to it. Type 1 diabetes affects the pancreas and blood glucose levels, not body weight. Dont be surprised if your friend can outrun you on the track: They may be in better shape than you, despite having type 1. Meal planning is top priority for someone living with type 1 diabetes. Something as simple as going out for ice cream after dinner or grabbing popcorn at the movie theater can wreak havoc on your friends glucose levels. While you certainly dont need to manage your friends eating schedule, a friendly reminder if you have that type of relationship can show that you care. With more than 1.25 million Americans living with the disease, type 1 diabetes isnt something to be ashamed or embarrassed about. If your friend doesnt think Continue reading >>

10 Annoying Things Not To Say To A Type 1 Diabetic

10 Annoying Things Not To Say To A Type 1 Diabetic

Marianne Nykjaer personal stuff - randomness 6 Comments As you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2014 ( you can read my story here ). The past year has been a crazy rollercoaster both physically and emotionally, and one of the things Ive had to learn how to deal with (well, stil learning how to deal with it actually) is that everybody seems to have an opinion, yet very few people know what theyre actually talking about. I cant say I really blame them, as I didnt really know much about it untiI actually got this illness myself, and I know that a lot of people genuinely mean well but that doesnt change the fact that its quite annoying (not to mention sometimes downright rude and offensive). So heres a list of 10 things all type 1 diabetics are tired of hearing Next time you meet someone dealing with this, please refrain yourself from any of these comments ;). Have you tried **? It can cure diabetes! The ** is usually some type of food (eating babanas. Eating figs. Eating cinnamon. Eating only raw vegetables.) or drink (drinking water with salt) or activity (working out). Honey there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people looking for a cure for diabetes. There is no cure at the moment, only ways to manage it. Trust me on this one. I mean think about it: I dont particularly enjoy having this disease, so if there was curedont you think Id already be doing it? My grandma had diabetes. She lost her leg and died. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I feel so warm and fuzzy inside now. You have to give yourself insulin injections every day? OMG that would SO not be for me, Id die haha! Well, I would actually die if I didnt do it. Again: Im not doing this because I enjoy it. I dont particularly like giving myself injections 4-5 Continue reading >>

10 Things Not To Say To A Person With Diabetes

10 Things Not To Say To A Person With Diabetes

Every person with diabetes has one: a story of a diabetes-related comment they received that completely left them reeling. There are memes and videos dedicated to these comments. The wise folks at Behavioral Diabetes Institute even made pocket-sized etiquette cards you can hand out to try to save people from their own big mouths. And you’d think it would all be enough to maybe keep people from making hurtful, embarrassing, and woefully misinformed comments to people with diabetes – but from my own life experience, it’s not. So here it is: 10 Things Not to Ask of or Say To, About, or Around a Person with Diabetes. 10. “Gross.” Listen, I know. No one hates the invasive nature of diabetes more than people with diabetes themselves. The poking, the bleeding, the alcohol-swabbing, the insertion of metal objects into subcutaneous tissue. But we do it to survive, and when you call us out for disturbing your delicate sensibilities when we’re just trying to juice up for a slice at the local pizzeria, it’s not helping anyone. Maybe just look away, or go get another beer. Cheers! 9. “Are you well controlled?” I used to think it was just weird primary care physicians who asked this question, but a fellow person with diabetes actually posed this query to me at a barbeque a few weeks ago. First of all, “well controlled” is different for everyone. Second of all, none of your beeswax. And third of all, if I say “no,” what kind of question are you going to ask me next? Let’s talk about the weather, shall we? 8. “Aren’t you worried about having kids?” Yes! The price of higher education is insane! Bullying in schools! Sleepless nights and breastfeeding drama! Climate change and – oh, you’re talking about diabetes? Well, yeah. Probably every person with Continue reading >>

22 Things To Remember If Your Loved One Suffers From Type 1 Diabetes

22 Things To Remember If Your Loved One Suffers From Type 1 Diabetes

22 Things To Remember If Your Loved One Suffers From Type 1 Diabetes Jessica Blanchard is a registered dietitian, dedicated Ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga teacher. Full Bio Many peoplemistakenly think Type 1 Diabetes develops because of a sugar-laden diet and lack of exercise. If your loved one hasthis disease, you know how far this is from the truth. But imagine how difficult it is for them to constantly hear phrases like, but youre not fat, or, should you eat that? Day in and day out, they live with a disease that is largely misunderstood by the public. Unless you have Type 1 Diabetes, you can never completelyunderstand what living with a life-threatening disease that needs constant treatment is like. However, you can support, empathize, and find heartfelt compassion for your loved one. If you can remember the following twenty-two things that your loved one faces, youll come a lot closer to walking in their shoes: 1. They constantly face misguided judgments Many people dont know that Type 1 Diabetes isinherited. Your loved one constantly feelsfaulted by ignorant people for eating too much sugar or not exercising. 2. They have an incurable autoimmune disease, not a lifestyle disease They cannot cure their disease by changing their diet or by exercising. Please help them by correcting people who suggest theyquit eating sugar or start riding a bike. 3. They live each day with a serious disease that often seems to arise out of the blue for no apparent reason With their diagnosis of diabetes, their lives changed forever and they had nothing to do with it. 4.Their definitionof normal is much different than yours and mine Theywill take injections or use an insulin pump for their entire life. Their normal is giving themselves several shots a day or monitoring a pump attach Continue reading >>

10 Things You Need To Know About People With Type 1 Diabetes

10 Things You Need To Know About People With Type 1 Diabetes

1. They’re not Diabetics anymore. They are People With Diabetes. Calling them Diabetic is akin to calling someone a retard. They’re in a lifelong struggle to define themselves in any other way but diabetic. 2. People with Type 1 Diabetes can’t make Insulin. Insulin, in people without diabetes, is a hormone made in the pancreas. It allows glucose in the bloodstream to enter red blood cells for use in the body as energy. 3. Excess glucose in the bloodstream damages body systems and is the root of diabetic complications. Having too much, or too little glucose in the blood is dangerous and can ultimately cause death. Keeping blood glucose levels within normal levels is the ultimate goal of people with diabetes but can be affected by food, exercise, illness, stress, and a whole bunch of other annoying, unpredictable events. 4. They are not allergic to sugar. They balance what they eat by testing their blood glucose levels and taking insulin through injections. Yes, injections and finger pricks often hurt. Insulin does not come from animals or other people. It is genetically engineered using the E. coli bacteria and is biosynthetic. 5. Type 1 Diabetes is occurs when the Islets of Langerhans (insulin-producing cells in the pancreas) are attacked by the body. A lot of people ask why people with diabetes can’t get Islet Transplants. This is a relatively new therapy but requires massive doses of antiretroviral medications, which often have worse effects than living with diabetes. 6. Nobody understands why their bodies attack themselves. They did not get diabetes from their mothers who gained too much weight during pregnancy, from eating too much sugar, from exercising infrequently or from any other known reason. Not to be confused with Type 2 Diabetes. 7. They hate it whe Continue reading >>

The Stupid Things People Say About Diabetes And How To Deal With It

The Stupid Things People Say About Diabetes And How To Deal With It

WRITTEN BY: Marci Thiessen Editor’s Note: Marci is a part of Beyond Type Run Team, which is sponsored by Medtronic. She is participating in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Why can’t I just be like everyone else for one moment? Why can’t I just indulge in a good hearty meal without spiking or crashing? Why can’t I just go for a jog or jet off on vacation without packing my “essentials,” arranging back-up plans and constantly making sure my numbers stay within range? A night’s rest without any beeping, buzzing or alerts would be a dream. This is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Why do I have to be so different from everyone else? Just because my pancreas tapped out, I am automatically seen as “different.” I’m the butt of all diabetic jokes. I’m the mystery girl walking around with an invisible disease that 99% of the general public misunderstands and confuses with Type 2. I’m the oddball at the table that immediately gets heckled for being gluten-free, vegan or a “health freak.” Some days I wish I could just blend in and not have someone sticking their nose into my health problems. Some days I wish I could enjoy one meal without someone drawing attention to the fact that I’m a diabetic with comments like, “Can you eat that?” or “What’s going to happen if you do?” or when witnessing an injection or bolus, “Oooh, I’m going to pass out.” Sometimes, it’s okay to make jokes about it and laugh it off. Other times, it just gets old. I’ve heard just about every silly comment you could throw my way. For all my T1D’s out there, living with this “invisible disease,” these are some of my favorites: The Stupid Things People Say… So, with diabetes are you going to lose your feet? My grandpa’s brother got b Continue reading >>

10 Things Not To Say To Someone With Diabetes

10 Things Not To Say To Someone With Diabetes

Having diabetes, it’s not unusual to come in contact with someone who is misinformed about this disease. I, for one, did not know anything about type 1 diabetes prior to being diagnosed. I try to keep this in mind when I hear ignorant comments that may be well intentioned. While someone may just be unaware, some comments can even come off as rude or insensitive. A lot of the misinformation about diabetes comes from the media. It’s hard to tackle the misconceptions out there but I do my best to educate those around me. I have to admit, there’s days where I’m just frustrated with diabetes that an ignorant comment is the last thing I want to hear. It’s those times where I feel blessed to have a community that understands. Here is 10 Things NOT to Say to Someone With Diabetes: 1. Should you be eating that? (I’m just going to continue eating because I either bolused already or I’m low). 2. You don’t look diabetic Okay?…. 3. It could always be worse Gee thanks! 4. If you diet and exercise it will go away Sorry, but diet and exercise won’t fix my broken pancreas. 5. Did you eat too much sugar as a kid? (I’m just going to pretend like you didn’t just ask that). 6. My grandma has diabetes and lost her leg Thanks, that’s exactly what I needed to hear. 7. How do you inject yourself? I could never do that.. It’s simple.. it’s either life or death. 8. I heard cinnamon can cure diabetes Really?! If that were true then I wouldn’t have diabetes right now. 9. Do you have the bad kind? How is there a good kind? 10. Shouldn’t you have this disease all figured out? If only… What other comments do you hear a lot? Post below. Continue reading >>

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