Never Say These 5 Things to a Type 1 Diabetic

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1) Test your blood sugar
– This is sure to incite anger. Who do you think you are? I know where my blood sugar’s at! Undoubtedly, each time someone asks you about your blood sugar, it’s always low.

2) You got diabetes because you ate too much candy as a kid, huh?
– NO!!!!!!!! I have no idea how I got this disease. My parents didn’t even have candy in the house!

3) My friend has diabetes really bad.
– There are no levels of type 1 diabetes. They all suck. They all start and end with taking insulin. They all involve sharp things going through your skin.

4) My uncle had diabetes and he lost his foot, kidneys, and eyesight.
– We are all very aware of these complications. Thank you again for pointing out these less desirable outcomes. I’m doing my best to avoid this.

5) I could never poke myself with needles like you do.
– Is that right? Do you think I have another option? Death vs. needles. I bet you’d choose needles too.

Know what we’re talking about? Feel free to share your own ‘Never Say’ moment below!

Being co-founder and editor for DiabetesDailyGrind, Ryan's mission is to motivate others with diabetes to live their own authentic life. Most days, when not in the hospital during his fourth year of medical school, you can find him on the bike, trail, or yoga mat. He believes in a plant-powered diet and has experienced its tremendous impact on his type 1 diabetes management and life.

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