“Does it hurt?”
Of course poking myself with a needle hurts sometimes, and you never really get used to it no matter how long you have had diabetes.
“You can’t eat that, you have diabetes!”
I know what I can and can’t eat! Limiting sweets can help me keep my blood sugar under control, but as long as I adjust my insulin I can eat them just like people without diabetes.
“Do you think you should eat something?”
I appreciate your concern, but I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes for some time now. Unless I’ve already asked you to watch me for specific symptoms and remind me to eat, I can decide when and what to eat on my own.
“Did you get diabetes because you ate too much sugar as a child?”
Eating too much sugar is not a cause of type 1 diabetes. I didn’t do anything to cause my diabetes.
“I know all about diabetes, so here’s what you need to do…”
Just because you’re older than me or have more education doesn’t mean you know more than I do about diabetes. I’ve been living with this disease for many years, so don’t you think I know more about it than you?
“You’re so skinny, how could you have diabetes?”
Obesity can be a trigger for type 2 diabetes, but it has nothing to do with type 1.
“I have type 2 diabetes, so I know how you feel.”
No, you don’t. People with type 2 diabetes may be able to control their disease with diet and exercise alone, or oral medications. We type 1’s have had to inject insulin since the day we were diagnosed.
“Insulin can cure your diabetes, right?”
Taking insulin keeps people with type 1 diabetes alive, but does not cure the disease. While progress has been made, there is still no cure for diabetes.
“How come your blood sugar is always too high or too low? Are you doing something wrong?”
Many factors can easily cause my blood sugars to swing out of control no matter how well I follow my meal plan and insulin schedule. It does not mean I’ve done something wrong.
“Can’t you get rid of your diabetes if you just exercise and eat right?”
If I could, don’t you think I would have done that by now? Type 1 diabetes is not caused by a poor diet, obesity, or lack of exercise. Those are factors associated with type 2 diabetes. Exercise and a good diet can help me to better control my type 1 diabetes, but they do not make it go away