18 Truths People With Type 1 Diabetes Wish Others Understood
Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans and 380 million people worldwide. By 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that number to more than double. Diabetes takes the life of one American every three minutes, and it’s a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure and stroke.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease; type 1 is a more severe autoimmune form of diabetes that generally develops in children and teenagers and requires life-long insulin therapy, whereas type 2 typically appears during adulthood and can usually be managed through diet and exercise. Despite the large numbers above, diabetes remains a widely misunderstood disease — many do not even realize more than one type exists.
The Mighty teamed up with Diabetes Research Institute to ask their community what they want others to understand about type 1 diabetes. Here’s what they had to say:
1. “It’s insulin or death. No pills, no diet, no exercise will make it go away.” —Kelly Connelly Enriquez
2. “It’s bad, but please don’t make that face and say ‘I’m sorry!’” —Dawn Melvin Bobbitt
3. “I wish people understood the difference between type 1 and type 2.” —Lisa Inglis
4. “There is nothing I or my parents could have done to avoid having to live with type 1 diabetes.” —Jalissa Gascho
5. “It takes over your life.” —Adrienne Roberts
6. “It’s very unpredictable.” —Nicole Porth
7. “Over the years, the one thing that really annoys me is when people ask ‘should you be eating that.’ If som Continue reading