Quick survey: If diabetes was an animal...

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2011-11-12 01:24:56 -0600
Started 2011-10-16 20:03:38 -0500


If diabetes was an animal, what animal would it be?

I was recently talking with a group of diabetics and one individual in the group described diabetes as a big ugly bear that she has to keep locked up in a cage in her basement, and that she has to feed carefully so that it doesn’t break out and cause damage. This comment got everybody going on comparing diabetes to an animal. Everybody in the group came up with a different one, some compared diabetes to two animals, one when their diabetes is out of control and one when it’s in control. Some of the animals were pretty tame in comparison to a bear.

So… I am curious as to what animal you would compare diabetes to? What aspects of the animal remind you of diabetes? If the animal lives with you, where do you keep it? What kind of relationship do you have with the animal?

Wanna play?

120 replies

Young1s 2011-10-25 13:36:25 -0500 Report

Like LouellaMarie, I am newly diagnosed, as well, and struggling with unpredictable levels. So far, my diabetes is a combination of a roadrunner and a sloth. Fast rising levels with slow drops. For now my days consist of small smiles because my highs and lows are both too high. Not giving up the faith though. I am more stubborn than diabetes and won't let it get the best of me. I am so glad I found this site. God Bless You All.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-25 17:03:53 -0500 Report

Hi pcyoung!

Welcome to the family. I am glad you joined us.

Wow, a roadrunner and a sloth, two extremes. But this makes a lot of sense, given the potential for extremes in blood sugar levels. You sound determied to rein in these two animals and get yourself moving along at a more even pace. You will do it!

Thanks for checking in. NIce to meet you!


Dixiemom 2011-10-24 12:17:58 -0500 Report

Diabetis is like ants. They are very silent and sneak up on you and very hard to get rid of them. Diabetis is the same, it sneaks up on you and you have to be vigilant to keep it at bay. Like ants, it is always there once you have it.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-24 15:00:08 -0500 Report

Absoultely! And I would also add that ants are attracted to honey, so another good reason to avoid the sweet stuff. This is a good one. Thanks!

clj01 2011-10-24 11:16:32 -0500 Report

Just recently took a short vacation in Bear country. Warnings were posted about how to prevent an attack. I think Diabetes then is a lot like a bear. When we head the warnings and take care of ourselves the bear stays away. When we don't the bear sneaks up on us and can attack. When in high school we had a teacher who was mauled by a bear. He wore the scars the rest of his life. If we fail to care for ourselves, we wear the scars also. Yes, I think diabetes is a big bear, and I like it best when he is hibernating

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-24 14:58:14 -0500 Report

Wow, this is great. I agree with MewElla. You said it well. Diabetes is a mean old bear but you have the chance to avoid a confrontation by keeping your guard up through self-care. As you said, heeding the warnings and staying on top of dong what you need to do for yourself to stay as healthy as possible and avoid disturbing the sleeping bear. Very interesting. Thanks!

sheriden 2011-10-22 22:14:24 -0500 Report

I have a angel cat who gently remind's me that I have to take care of her so I have to take care of me, she looks at me like no no you cant have that. And snuggle's close when I feel bad. Than I have the Taz-Devil comes sweeping in and fights my body makes me sick even when I am being good, but what he dose not knowis my kitten is a real angel and will win in the end. Lol Fun

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-23 18:40:27 -0500 Report

Hey sheriden, what a great image, an angel and a devil. We all need a guardian angel watching over us, in whatever form it wants to appear in. Glad you have one close by to help you to stand up that devil. I can see it now! Nice to hear from you. I hope you are doing well!

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-10-22 18:55:56 -0500 Report

Hi everyone. I would have to compare it to a snake. Cobra to be exact. It slithered its way into my life. It is coiled up nice when my bs is ok. It raises its ugly head when my bs gets high. And it spreads its jaws when it it ready to lower the boom on me with low bs. Here the last couple of weeks, I have kept my bs under control. So as far as where I keep it, in a cage where I can keep a close eye on it. Good luck all. Darrin

akamonie 2011-10-23 01:53:58 -0500 Report

Hi Darrin, my idea was a snake as well. It will attack anyone, young or old, black or white, rich or poor etc. So many people have it but don't know it yet. Thats a snake.
You never know it's around until it is. I am really liking this subject and the comments have been so fun to read. So thanks Dr. Gary.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-23 18:36:34 -0500 Report

Thank you! The snake certainly says it all. You can't trust them. They slither in, as Darrin said, and you can't predict when they're going to strike but you know that if you don't keep up your guard, they probably will. Definitely, keep that cage locked at alll times.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-21 17:37:15 -0500 Report

Not an animal. but going back to my long gone youth I would have to say the "BOOGEY MAN", under the bed, everyone would say it can't get you it's not real!!! Well it is real and it's got me and many of them still deny that it is real.

2011-10-20 23:02:59 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary, I'd say diabetes is like a hawk. Circling over head, just like diabetes and all the problems that diabetes brings, circles over ones head.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-21 12:09:08 -0500 Report

HI, I got it. Circling overhead and looking for a target! All the more reason to always be on your toes. This is a good one. Thanks, anaelase.

Starry20 2011-10-21 09:20:11 -0500 Report

A cockroach… It start out small just in the crack of your mind and then it developes and multiplies like an infestation and no matter what you Do, it will always be there until finally it fills your mind… Bringing hurt and despair

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-21 12:11:49 -0500 Report

Hi Raven. I was thinking somebody might jump in with cockroach. They never seem to go away, do they? But you can keep them hiding behind the wall and be ready to step on them if they creep out. You just have to keep them in ther place. Thanks!!!

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-10-20 19:27:09 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary, they can't accuse you of being boring. A vulture.vulture is omnipresent. If you even act like you are not on top of your game, lie down on your meds or insulin diabetes will hover over you see your weakness and eat you up, cause other aliments and before you know it you're done. Diabetes like vultures perform a purpose whether we like it or not. the vulture, while ugly and unsightly performs a much needed duty as garbage disposal unit on nasty carcases, dead animals and humans. Diabetes is also an accepted and tolerated condition because if managed correctly it can instill discilpine in a persons life. A new awakening of checking food labels, adopting a new diet and profound sense of acceptance and faith in the power of God and the journey he has paved for us.
So, A vulture Dr. Gary
Peace and Blessings,
Brother Raoul

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-20 22:06:22 -0500 Report

Vulture is a great choce. They do kind of hover over you like a dark shadow, just like diabetes. I hadn't thought about the useful service side but you have a point. And diabetes can also be a wake up call, physically, mentally, spirituality. It's all about how you choose to look at it. A lot of wisdom here!

pixsidust 2011-10-20 19:03:07 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a cat.
It can be stealthy to sneak up on you.
For a time you can live comfortably with it, without knowing its there.
Then the claws come out with your first symptoms.
You get your first diagnoses and your grief comes out in a wail, scream and screech in the loudest cat howl you have ever heard.
Feed it right and all is well.
Forget and there is crying, along with all kinds of mischief
Yes Diabetes is a cat

MarkieMarkie 2011-10-21 15:14:18 -0500 Report

I love this synopsis… I am a cat anyway… or at least I like to believe I am… that is when I'm feeling good and my diabetes is in control; however, whenever I feel bad, I convert to a turtle, slow, sluggish and I feel like dragging myself around compares to a turtle dragging a shell around.

I like my cat days best! Purrrrrrrrrrrrr!

pixsidust 2011-10-21 15:20:39 -0500 Report

Cats are known for lazing around and taking long naps…ZZZzzzzzzz

MarkieMarkie 2011-10-25 08:57:08 -0500 Report

Or for catching prey when they least expect it… yeah, I like naps, but I'd don't often get a chance to be lazy! Have a great day!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-23 19:31:40 -0500 Report

A good thng for diabetes to be doing, right? Take a rest and leave everybody alone. If only it worked that way.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-20 14:24:27 -0500 Report

Sadly, I just read in a WV paper where the police had to kill over 50 animals, including tigers, mountain lions and I forget what else. This guy had a ranch and was having problems with the neighbors and police and let the animals loose and then killed himself. This was in a populated area, so the order was shoot to kill. How sad to have so much beauty removed so quickly.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-20 18:28:00 -0500 Report

Yes it was very sad. One TV news program had an interview with Jack Hanna. He said it was regrettable but it was necessary for everyone’s safety. You cannot have wild beasts running loose.
I think diabetes would be a rat as they gnaw away at everything just like uncontrolled diabetes gnaws away at us.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-21 08:38:45 -0500 Report

It's terrible! I don't understand if they had guns to kill, where were the guns to tranq and move them somewhere safe? I don't understand why they actually had to kill a rare and beautiful animal. I understand they are dangerous, but if they had to hunt them down with guns, whey could it not have been tranq's instead of bullets?

Dixiemom 2011-10-24 12:09:54 -0500 Report

I agree, and they weren't that far from the Columbus zoo where they have tranguilizers for largew animals. I think they panicked.

tabby9146 2011-10-23 19:07:02 -0500 Report

that is what I was saying, but not in so many words, why they all had to be killed, there are other ways

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-21 14:51:02 -0500 Report

According to the news the urgency of the situation (wild, untamed, aniimals not used to humans) meant that swift and unfortunately fatal action need to be taken. When a naturalist and preservationist like Jungle Jack Hanna agrees with the police action it can only confirm the danger of the situation. Many people could have been either injured or killed in the attempt to capture the animals. It is a shame it had to be done and a disgrace that state law could let such an uncontrolled "preserve" exist. The situation would have been avoid if the proper laws and the proper enforce of these laws existed. Lets learn a lession and avoid situations like this in the future.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-20 18:16:50 -0500 Report

Yes, a very sad story. A reminder that we can choose to coexist with animals or we can react only out of fear.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-10-20 16:47:02 -0500 Report

My husband and I rescue dogs and I saw this on TV and it's very upsetting to me. I'm sure that not all of the animals they killed were a threat to anyone. There were probably only a few that were a threat but they had no way of knowing which ones were so they probably had no choice. So Sad.

MarkieMarkie 2011-10-21 15:16:37 -0500 Report

Teresa, right now Robert has 3 pitts in our backyard. One we own (or rahter a keeper that we found) and two strays that we are trying to find homes for. They are Kandi, Skeeter and Tilly. Would llove to know of anyone who wanted to love one of these pitts.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-20 14:17:16 -0500 Report

I will go with a mouse. It can crawl into every part of you body. It can come and go as it pleases. It can give multiple births to infect you quicker.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-20 18:15:10 -0500 Report

HI Jim. Yes, mice are full of surprises. Sneaking in and out, giving you a good scare from time to time. But they can still be trapped and kept in their places.

LouellaMarie 2011-10-20 02:31:34 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed, so I am guessing my answer will change as I get to know it and learn more about it, but for now I'm going to say the first think I thought of and that is a "SNAKE in the grass"! Quietly waiting and dangerous, If I'm not alert about it, its going to strike me down! And yet, it may be silent for a time, just waiting for me to step on it (eating sugar!) so it can bite me! Louella

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-20 18:12:11 -0500 Report

Hi Louella,

Nice to meet you. And I am glad that you joined up with us here on Diabetic Connect. I can see why at this point you would see diabetes as a snake. Diabetes must feel really uncertain to you, it's there but you don't know what to expect from it or when. That makes a lot of sense. But over time you will learn to anticipate its movements, know what you need to do to keep it in check, and to stay one or two steps ahead.

As Jim Edwards siad so well, you will know what you need to do to keep it docile.

It's great to have you here! I hope you will stay in touch!


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-20 14:18:37 -0500 Report

Just grap the snake with your hand, holding it behind its head. it will then become docile. I like snakes, but I also like to see them first!

GabbyPA 2011-10-19 11:50:31 -0500 Report

The first thing that comes to mind is an Elephant. It is big but we don't want to talk about it. It never forgets, even if I do. And it lives a very long time.

On the other hand it is like an Elephant in that there is great compassion connected to them. They take care of their own, and like that, I have found so much support here with other members of the pack. LOL

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-20 18:05:02 -0500 Report

I like that. That great phrase, the elephant in the room.. It's there, with everyone trying to talk around it, until finially somebody trips over it and it can no longer be ignored. I agree, there is a compassionate quality that elephants have. And we certainly do here! Hope you are doing well!

mysteria7130 2011-10-18 21:36:57 -0500 Report

Mine is a scorpion. You need to always be aware of it. It can attack you anytime. I keep mine in a glass case and close to me. you know what they say, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer"

Caliafiosgram62 2011-10-18 19:40:35 -0500 Report

How about a big black spider. Just trying to stay out of his web.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-20 14:20:22 -0500 Report

I can't believe the size of some of those spiders here in WV. The one had the body the size of a silver dollar, plus the legs!

Somoca 2011-10-18 17:12:37 -0500 Report

I would say a Boa Constrictor. slowly wrapping itself around my body squeezing every inch of life from me until I realize that I can't do a thing.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-18 21:54:36 -0500 Report

Now that's an image! Yikes! But at least with diabetes you do something to avoid falling into that grip before it's too late.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-18 16:41:54 -0500 Report

How about an alligator, all sneaky and quite in the water and the minute you slip in the water( make a mistake in your diet) it snaps you on a limb and drags you under and tries to roll you and take a limb or digit or two! Ouch!! Sneaky! But i'm totaly with dietcherry's thought! So either or! How's that for not being able to make up my mind! LOL

PastorBob 2011-10-17 19:56:21 -0500 Report

I'd have to say a wild squirrel. To those unfamiliar with it, it looks harmless but can tear you up but most of all it's unpredictable.

dietcherry 2011-10-17 18:45:14 -0500 Report

Ooooh good Discussion!
Im thinking a wild animal that people insist on attempting to tame and keep as a pet only to later regret—a chimpanzee!
D will take you down hard if you dont remain constantly vigilant of its inherent danger!!
D is the proverbial monkey on my back and thats its permanent home; we have a civil union and mutual respect until it decides to act out by jumping up and down, shrieking, and throwing his poop at spectators! LOL

mysteria7130 2011-10-18 21:42:13 -0500 Report

You had me laughing with this one. That is hard to do. I dont laugh that much. Not a real laugh anyway. Thank you for making me smile and laugh.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-18 12:36:27 -0500 Report

I love that idea of a civil union! It's civil until it isn't. And it's like, what happened to set this one off so badly? And you're right, the idea is to always be vigilant, to take nothing for granted, to never really let your guard down.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-17 19:42:01 -0500 Report

How can a statement be so true but so funny at the same time? Lol

dietcherry 2011-10-17 20:11:47 -0500 Report

Thanks! When I first read this Discussion, I couldnt help but think of the victims of the chimpanzee attacks! It reminded me of those who lose their organs and limbs to D! :(

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-18 12:34:44 -0500 Report

Oh my gosh. I hadn't thought about that. That was the ultimate example of a friendly and fun animal suddenly turning into the opposite, wasn't it?

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