By hannahroth Latest Reply 2011-02-01 09:11:36 -0600
Started 2011-01-17 22:00:36 -0600

Hello! I'm a highschool student doing a paper about daily lives of individuals with diabetes. My topic focuses not on the physiology of the disorder, but instead on the personal side. Some of the questions I would like you to answer are

o What does it mean to live with this disorder on a daily basis?
o What are the routines and habits that must be followed?
o How does it affect personal relationships?
o How do the lives of diabetics differ from people without the disorder?
o How are their lives the same?
o What are some of the daily concerns, worries or considerations?
o What do people with diabetes, wish people without diabetes, understood?

Preferrably type one diabetics please. Thank you! :)

10 replies

PetiePal 2011-01-18 19:21:07 -0600 Report

I'm a Type 1 but it really applies to either.

-It's a disease not a disorder :)
-Most diabetics, depending on which type they are (Type 1 Insulin Dependent, and Type-2 Insulin non-dependent) need to watch what they eat and stick to foods that don't jack your blood glucose up high. When levels stay elevated over long periods of time complications occur that can result in death, amputation, blindness etc.
-For me it's been a little awkward. When going out with friends I sometimes need to remind them a few times why I can't have a second beer, or a dessert. My gf sees me testing my blood sugar regularly as do coworkers at my job.
-I would say I differ in not being able to eat whatever I want whenever I want! I definitely think at times it can make me more stressed than other individuals.
-I would say my life is in every way the same besides having to take medication and control what I eat.
-I worry that my children one day might get this disease or be more prone to having it.
-I wish people who weren't knowledgeable about Diabetes knew that Diabetics CAN have something with sugar in it! We're not "allergic" to sugar we just process it a lot differently (and usually slower or unable to process large amounts) as efficiently as a normal person was.

sc1boy 2011-01-18 13:56:48 -0600 Report

First of all it is not a disorder, it is a disease. (1) It is a hard thing to do living on a daily basis because you have to plan your meals out more than you do if you were not a diabetic, you also have to count your carbs. (2) We have to test our bs (blood sugars) everyday, anywhere from 2 to 8 times a day. (3)The other person needs to know what to look for when the bs drops to low and know how to get it back up, know how to get the sugars down into range, know the signs of ketoacidosis, and to give shots if need be, it also causes stress on the couple because of the cost of the equipment. (4) Those of us with diabetes have a little more to do when we get ready to go somewhere because we have to watch bs's and count the carbs when we eat out or at a gathering, where everyone else does not need to do that, and then when you plan trips you have to plan ahead and make sure you have all of the equipment that you need. (5) They live there lives everyday and do most everything that everyone else does like school, work, travel, and yes even going to partys. (6) Some of the concerns are that we might have to go to the hospital for our bs's and not being able to see our families for a period of time, I have been in about five times for keto and my children do not understand why I am there instead of being at home with them. (7) We would like them to understand that we do live our lives for the most part like they do but we just have to do a few things different, we just need to watch our bs's close so nothing will happen.
I hope this will help. One thing you might try is to go to a childrens hospital and talk with a doctor and if at all some of there patiens.

RedGloves 2011-01-18 13:50:15 -0600 Report

Although i am type 2 and just diagnosed, I want to share something with you that I saw lately. I have a heart stint and am controlling my diabetes with diet and exercise (or attempting to do so) and I was thinking that between the two, my diet was really unfair and hard to follow, then I saw a spot on TV about Baby Boomers, and it turns out that everyone my age should be eating and exercising the way I am if they want to live a long and healthy life. So how can I complain?

Beerlilly 2011-01-18 11:24:01 -0600 Report

If your doing a paper for school and want to get a really good grade you should offer up both sides of diabetes so that you get a good understanding of how different type 1 is and type 2. While only polling one type you might get only a peak into the physiology of the disease, where as if you pole for the whole disease (Type 1 and 2) you might just learn things that you might not have knowed.
Just think about it.

Dev 2011-01-19 12:07:18 -0600 Report

I agree. The physiology is different but many of the daily concerns or the personal side is similar.

kdroberts 2011-01-18 11:36:01 -0600 Report

Just to play devils advocate. Since it's a high school project and the vast majority of diabetics of high school age are type 1, it may be more relevant to the assignment to concentrate on type 1.

RAYT721 2011-01-18 05:01:33 -0600 Report

As a type 2, I won't qualify for your research project but I did want to wish you luck with the survey and research interest. Awareness and education are very important issues. Thank you for joining us!