Things Not To Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes
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Things Not To Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes

October 17, 2019


“Do you have the good type or the bad type?”
“It’s because you ate too much sugar.” “Oh yeah, my dog’s got diabetes.”
“Oh, I could never inject myself.” “What if it’s a matter of life and death?
“I could inject myself.” Are you ready?
I’m ready. Oh this is the classic of all classics.
“Should you be eating that?” Yes I can, pass me the chocolate biscuit.
Exactly, I’ll have 12 in fact. Yeah!
I say, “Should be eating that?” probably not with whatever you’re about to stuff
into your mouth. The government recommends the same guideline
daily amounts for every person in the UK…so why are we different?
I saw you eating some trans fat yesterday I didn’t say anything.
I’ve had somebody say, “Should you be eating that?” and then they went on to say,
“Because my dog is actually diabetic and we don’t give him chocolate.”
People become nutritionists, pediatricians, know what I mean? Consultants, diabetic gurus
Seems like diabetes gives them permission to say what they want, like we’re some kind
of subject. Yeah, it’s something to be commented on
Yeah. You can drink booze, you can eat really bad
pizzas, and carby dishes and stuff but you just got to know how to look after it when
it comes to your insulin. Yes I can! I can! I am! “Do you carry needles around in your bag?”
If you said that to a diabetic, they are probably gonna say yes.
Yeah. Otherwise I’ll be home all day and all night.
I do it like this, I go… All ready, we carry bags as it is. You saw
my bag, it’s like Mary Poppins out there. So my one’s got like loads of crazy colours
and it’s got lots of different compartments where I keep everything. Exactly, I’ve got a fancy sticker on my
tester… Whereas boring Basil over here… has one
supplied by the company. But no I carry two types of needles. I carry
needles for my insulin pen injections and I carry a little cartridge of needles for
my finger pricker for my glucose monitor. So I’ve got a reservoir to refill my pump.
Something sweet in case you go hyper. I’ve got spare insulin to refill it if I
need to when I’m out. There’ll be a snack in case you miss a meal
or you don’t have a meal I’ve got…
Haven’t got any of this. A pen in case my pump stops working.
– Oh that’s looks nice can I have a look at that?
My dream in life, well one of my dreams, is just to leave the house with nothing on me “Do you have the bad type?”
What’s the good one? Or the-
-Neither Is it the one when you’ve got too –
That’s, that’s the cracker. There’s this idea that there’s a type
of diabetes you can live with just fine, you know maybe you just got to watch what you
eat a little bit and just go through life and everything is fine and you don’t need
to worry about anything. There isn’t a type of diabetes like that
You know they’re both rubbish. Yeah they’re both crap.
Type 2 isn’t always caused by lifestyle… No, no it’s not, no it’s not.
So while there is this kind of battleground and I’m always the first one in there trying
to explain the difference I always try to be respectful
Yeah no, yeah exactly. It’s either you have a very restricted diet
and you take tablets for insulin or you can eat what you want and inject insulin.
It can affect your gut, It can affect your limbs and your nerves and your feet and your
legs Even down to your mental health it can affect
you. A hundred percent affects your mental health.
I’ve had doctors and nurses say to me that Type 1 and Type 2 doesn’t matter
Yeah. They’ll be like, “Oh you have diabetes”
and I’ll be like “yeah Type 1” and they’ll be like “Oh yeah, whatever.”
There is no “good diabetes”. No there’s not.
Nobody’s heard of “good diabetes”, definitely not, I’d have that if it existed. I will
take the good diabetes. “I guess you can’t get drunk then.”
Yeah, it doesn’t stop me. No.
I mean I don’t get trashed. I’m born on the same day as Amy Winehouse
so I like a drink here or there I’d tell ya
I personally don’t for other reasons. Yeah, but it’s got nothing to do with your
diabetes I mean It has in the sense, just cause it’s
a massive faff. Well I actually like drinking wine with a
meal cause it helps stabilize my blood sugar Does it?
Yeah, I used to use it as an excuse, “I need my daily glass of wine”
Do it carefully and always make sure you got a dextrose in your pocket
And make sure the people that you’re out with know.
Know, yeah. And you’ve got medical alert on. But yeah
we can get drunk. I’ve been on a date before where it’s
come up in conversation and then straight away they’re like “should you be drinking
that?” “Oh I could never inject myself”
Oh my- Yeah I hate this one because if it came to
it- -You’d have to
You would I had this one like two weeks ago “my mum
could never inject herself!”. The way the person was going on about it, you know what
I had to say? I was like you know if I didn’t inject myself I would die
It’s not a hobby Yeah, yeah
It’s not something I enjoy doing “Mum, I’m just going out to do, just to
inject. Alright, I’ll be back later” Yeah exactly!
I’ll often be like in the staff room at work and I’ll be getting something ready
like an injection or getting ready to change my pump and they come in and be like “are
you taking drugs?” and I’ll be like “yeah I am”-
“Yeah I am actually” “ Yeah hi, here I am taking drugs, thanks
for pointing it out”- “Really openly taking drugs”
I still don’t really inject in public Neither do I
Like I do sometimes and I don’t really care what people think like I don’t really care,
but the only thing that bothers me about it, it’s not because people are gonna know I’m
diabetic, it’s people thinking it’s something else
They injections became quite natural to me quite quickly and it was like “okay yup,
you do that” but it was all the mental side of it and all the calculating before a meal
Yeah You know you have your cereal or whatever,
you’ve got to weigh it, you’ve got to weigh your cereal imagine doing that everyday
So I’ve got to work out everything I’m planning to eat in this meal and so you can’t
inject for one thing and get half way through what you said you were gonna eat and go “I’m
not hungry anymore, I’m full.”. “Well you’ve injected that so you will eat it.”.
“How could you let this happen to you” One of my best friends once said to me erm
he said “did you eat too many sweets when you were a kid?”
I was actually involved in a really horrible crash where I was crushed under kilos of sugar
and that’s how I actually got diabetes Most diabetes headlines are about Type 2,
are about people being obese and that’s what diabetes has been lumped in with
All the inferences that they caused it themselves, there is a lot of blame, there is so much
blame around I’ve had somebody say “oh you must be
really annoyed with your parents about that” I like to explain “you know what, no it’s
not because I’ve eaten lots of sugar or I just eat anything, it’s because it’s
in my genes” Yeah I’m allowed to be annoyed with my dad
it was hereditary so it was his fault as well being ginger.
I think it does make life harder to be honest but I also think it makes you a stronger person
Definitely makes you stronger. To be able to deal with what we have to deal
with day in day out and knowing it’s going to go on probably for the rest of our lives.
It’s something that if we can keep going and we can deal with that then I reckon we
can deal with anything right? Yeah, sorry.
Hi-five? I’m just getting a bit emotional over here.

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  1. Once I tried to check my BSL at school during a P.E. lesson and I got yelled at and nearly had my meter confiscated. In fear, I had to hide my meter away quickly and was forced not to check my BSL until much later. Ended up in hospital because my BSL wasn’t as it should’ve been. My biggest regret is not complaining about that teacher.

  2. The night before I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes I was actually watching videos about diagnosis stories:(

  3. The best is when im in school and my pump gets an alert from my cgm and beeps and then someones asks if im playing a game

  4. Okay that part when the girl said that her doctor said the type doesn’t matter. 🤯my head almost exploded. I’ve been type 1 for 14 years and I can think of 10 reasons why it matters right now. What?!?

  5. I have the Omnipod pump (it is wireless)
    I remember I got detention because I took it out in class and they thought it was a phone 😂

  6. I have diabetes type 1 so time to see which ones are true. first one is so true. second one is also true. third one no one asks me so not sure. forth one also no one asks me. fifth one true but you get used to it. sixth one is true.

  7. One time I was making my shot and the people right next to me started staring and they were making weird faces so I decided to mess with them and I pretended it was drugs 😂

  8. lol i got pulled over when i was 16 for speeding and got searched for drugs that was funny they didnt believe i was DiAbEtIc….

  9. Dear lord, people make me this shitty questions all the time, and I'm like "ugh, get into your own problems mate" so this was really funny.

  10. I'm type 2 and people assume it's my weight or self-inflicted, I have diabetes because it's genetics in my family

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  12. Thanks for respecting the T2s! Don't like to see discord in the diabetic community. We need to end the stigma around T2!

  13. Well im sorry but I haven't lived with diabetes my whole life just answer them i understand that you have to answer these your whole life but some people just dont know everything.

    No offence I just hate these idiotic videos in my reccomended IDK what or what not to ask a diabetic person I'll ask them what I want thank you very much. (If it comes to it)

    For all the diabetic people out there keep doing what your doing.

  14. There's meme about diabetes so someone in my school said "Can you which seats with my friends I promise he does not have diabetes" how many brains cells did he lose to say that.

  15. i’ve had diabetes type 1 for 11 years now. and i hear shit like this so often, it really gets annoying after 11 years with the same questions and assumptions.
    also for some reason i’d like to add that when i was 12 years old, i was at school and my best friend told me that she’s been thirsty the whole day and i suggested we’d take her bloodsugar just for fun….. turned out she also had diabetes, she had 17 in bloodsugar i think. i remember all the teachers praised me for finding out about her diabetes.

  16. I was watching this little girl then she sees me giving myself insulin then boom she runs away then my nans there then the girl comes back with her mom the girl thinks im in trouble and we had to sort stuff out it was not that long

  17. I realize that people are often ignorant about Type one diabetes, but coming from someone whose had it since the age of three, there are some really insensitive things I’ve heard in my lifetime. 🤦🏾‍♀️

  18. And when they talk about injecting in public/refilling cartridges, it reminded me of the time my friend at the lunch table while I was refilling my cartridge she came up to me and said stick me, it was funny but I didn’t get it at first

  19. lemme just jot down some of yall's snarky comebacks so i can use them when some ignorant person comes up to me and asks/says these things : )

  20. Funny story : so I was in Macdonald's and I was giving my insulin and someone asked if I was crazy but I said don't judge a book by a cover

  21. Did that woman actually say trans fag or am I hearing things because as much as you might hate someone it’s disgraceful to insult someone like that

  22. SO my boyfriend just got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and I'm pregnant with his child, should I keep an eye out for the symptoms in case the baby develops it at one point in their life since it can be genetic?

  23. 0:44 I don't get this comment, shouldn't you give chocolate to dogs at all even if they're not diabetic? isn't it toxic to them anyway?

  24. I have had t1d for almost 8 years now and I hate when people ask questions when they see me pull out my gear or inject. I'm very anti social and introverted (I have bipolar disorder type 2 and anxiety disorder) so when randoms talk to me I get really freaked out and upset. I get that they mean well in general but it's really nosey, let me live my life in peace. I just semi got over my fear of injecting/checking in public spaces this past year(still working on it) and for ever I wouldn't take insulin or check in public/in front of people and it had landed me in the emergency room multiple times.

  25. They gave me the blood strip thing to put in the glucose checker and I'm running out I have like 3 left I Can relate to all of this

  26. I'm diabetes type one too and I relate to all soo much !! Specially when someone says oh my grandma has it too 😒

  27. Whoever said ( 0:44 – 0:50 ) to her, ummmmmm, no honey, that’s not why you can’t give him chocolate, you cant give him chocolate because all dogs are allergic and will die

  28. lol i've been diagnosed with type 1 like 6 months ago (had it about a year ago i think) plus im only 14 lmao so yeehaw these made me laugh

  29. One time I was at school and my Omni pod died and started beeping and my friend ask what it was and I said my pod died and with a serious face she looks at me and says “well can’t you just go to the nurse and charge it” I started dying and she look at me confused so I had to explain to her that that’s not how it works

  30. This video made me feel so much better I’m 20 I found out I had diabetes in February I have type 1 I stop taking my medicine But I was so sad when I first found out I thought I was to young but this video helps

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  32. Best experience so far was the time I was injecting (as discretely as I could) on the underground, and the woman in front of me covered her son's eyes and told him out loud "Don't look, honey".

    Best of the best.

  33. Litterally JUST diagnosed with TYPE 1 4 months ago today, WE CAN EAT WHAT WE WANT BUT WE JUST HAVE TO INJECT! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  34. I had a low blood sugar, and my bf said you are going to inject insulin? 😕😑 You want me to die or something? Or people say, i hope you get better soon. Yeah right, like i would cure from 19 years of Diabetes Type 1 in one time!

  35. I wish i had type one diabetic friends who can relate to me its so lonely in tjis world not knowing anyone u can relate to 🙁

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  38. This video really reminded me of the time when this idiot in my gym class said that I was going to get diabetes because I had pizza and soda for breakfast ONCE, like come on dude.

  39. my favorite part is when i dont have my pump and i inject myself with a pen in public, the looks i get like dude! Im obviously not shooting heroin in a mall food court!

  40. chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
    Yes, you should be eating thatjust inject the appropriate amount of insulin.

    “I hurt my self today. To see if i still feel. The needle tears a hole the old familiar sting. “ Hurt by NIN reminds me of insulin injections.

  41. I have diabetes since 9 years. Idk how, but my french teacher didn't notice my diabetes. I was low in her lesson one year ago. I was eating and she looked at me like I killed someone xD. She was like hOw dArE yOu tO eAt dUrInG mY lEsSoN?!

    I explained, that I have diabetes and she understands it. The next french lesson she went to me and told me with proud, that she bought sweets for me 😍. That was sooo cute!

    Another story:

    My class knows about my diabetes. I have a pump and this little thing beeps very… Very loud.
    And sometimes my pump beeps during the lesson. And when my classmates notice the beeping, they're saying tUrN yOuR tAmAgOtChI oFf (yes, my pumb has a nickname xD)

    Diabetes is not funny, but you must make the best of it!

    (I'm sorry for my english 😅)

  42. Should you be eating that?
    This is the only one i actually i hate, because i've been denied sweets bc of this.

    Do you carry needles?
    If im going away ill have stuff to put a new pump thing. And ofc a needle to sting my finger (i dont emuae it that much tho cause i can just use my phone now)
    Ill happily answer this.

    Bad or good type?
    Neved had anyone ask this, but i would luckilt answer this aswell.

    You cant get drunk?
    Not the age for that yet lol.

    I couldnt inject myself?
    You could, simple as that.

    Sugar thing.
    Pretty annoying. When i explain this i usuallu get pretty mad cause i've been teased like this.

  43. My grandmother, and parents of friends have denied me sweets when i've been over, even after i have tried to explain that i can eat everything they can eat aswell.

  44. People with type 1 diabetes just got it from having too much sugar.

    Jk I'm type 1 diabetic. Give a like if you got triggered.

  45. Omg my brother has type 1 diabetes and I told my teacher and she new from her mom so she explained to the class and they were so disrespectful

  46. I have type one diabetes and im actually really lucky, my classmates know i have diabetes, and they dont care unless something goes wrong and i need help with something.

  47. My moms been diabetic her whole life and has had situations where shes been at like 20-30 idf remember on her blood sugar, was pretty scary but she was okay

  48. For anybody who has no idea what insulin does or what it is, here you go. Insulin is a hormone typically produced by the pancreas. It basically is a key for your cells that allows glucose in allowing them to function. It pretty much feeds your cells and prevents them from dying. Type 1 diabetics pancreas' will fail at some point in their life and their body can no longer produce insulin, so they have to manually inject constantly or else their cells will die.

  49. If I ask “should u be eating that” (I try not to) It’s not cause it’s bad for ur body it’s cause idk if ur allowed to have a lot of sugar and that ahaha

  50. I commented on a video saying “ diabetes isn’t funny “ and this a//hole said “ diabetes lolololololololo “

  51. This my dad injected every morning with a glass syringe, he checked his sugar level through his urine, insulin reactions, is what we called them, changed his whole person and could make a grown man cry, his sister also was such a diabetic. Do not say, ‘drink the sugar and orange juice’, across the room the glass would fly.

  52. I’m thankful I don’t get many of these. The only one that gets me is “So, that’s the worse type of diabetes, right?” Like i know they’re trying to interpret how serious it is, but wow, thanks, that makes me feel so much better about my incurable lifelong illness

  53. I hatttte when people ask me if my 5 year old should be eating something because she’s type one. Well yes she can eat anything (besides gluten) but she can eat whatever she wants she just needs insulin

  54. I am diabetic on my 20th year (type 1), and I can feel when my bloodsugar is low… I also don't feel like I deserve to be here anymore. My parents. seems to be all apathetic
    Buzzfeed seems to not people who actually have diabetes! They seem fake!

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