Any Type 1 Diabetic could recite you a story about a time someone stereotyped what it's like to live with this chronic illness. On behalf of all T1Ds everywhere, this blog post will reveal the most common myths about having T1D (you're welcome).
Myth #1: "Overweight people get diagnosed with T1D"
SMH. Am I right? Let's get this straight--Type 1 Diabetes has an unknown cause. While most research studies suggest genetics play a large role in diagnosis, Type 1 Diabetes is by no means caused by being overweight. This myth originates from the lack of knowledge of Type 1 Diabetes vs. Type 2. If you have a desire to learn more about Type 1 Diabetes, this is the first step! Here are a few differences between the two:
- Type 1 Diabetics are insulin dependent where as Type 2 Diabetics are insulin resistant.
- Type 1 Diabetics rely on daily injections just to stay alive, where as most Type 2 Diabetics are prescribed daily pills or weekly injections to help manage their condition.
- Type 1 Diabetes has no cure, while Type 2 Diabetes can be cured**.
- Type 1 Diabetes is believed to be caused by genetics, whereas Type 2 Diabetes is commonly diagnosed due to poor eating/exercise habits and/or being overweight.
**Considering patients manage their condition well and catch it early.
Myth #2: "Type 1 Diabetics Can't Indulge"
Raise your hand if you 'Will Bolus For Brunch'!! (That's me). It's true that T1Ds have to monitor sugar and carbohydrate intake, but enjoying a pile of blueberry pancakes on occasion doesn't hurt. Everything in moderation, a slogan we've heard for years, truly applies to everyone--Diabetic or not. The reason indulging in sweets can be more difficult with T1D is because Type 1 Diabetics are responsible for counting their carbohydrate intake, which is then used to calculate how much insulin we need to dose.
Myth #3: "Type 1 Diabetics Are Limited"
Nick Jonas, Halle Berry, RaeLynn...Just to name a few. While Type 1 Diabetes adds a challenge to every day life, the illness by no means serves as a limitation. There are famous humanitarians, musicians, influencers, and even athletes (like Jay Cutler) with Type 1 Diabetes who continue to make an outstanding impact. Never underestimate a Type 1 Diabetic!
Next time you see a Type 1 Diabetic or see a post/fundraising campaign for it, think twice about what it means to battle the illness. You'd be surprised how much you can learn from someone living with it day to day. The T1D community is filled with amazing, inspirational people, so get connected and involved!
Stamped on 8/15/2017 by The Letter Bea