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“My Grandma Has Diabetes.”

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whats the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

When people hear that I’m a Diabetic, one of my favorite responses is, “My Grandma has Diabetes too.” These days, I just smile and chuckle a little on the inside.

Don’t get me wrong: I feel for your Grandma, but she most likely has Type 2 Diabetes, which is very different than my scenario.

Type 2 Diabetes is when your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin to offset your carb intake. It’s often influenced by diet and exercise, and most people take a pill every morning to control it.

On the other side, Type 1 Diabetes is when your pancreas no longer produces beta cells (which produce insulin), so we give ourselves insulin shots every time we consume carbohydrates (unless you have the pump, then it administers the insulin). It’s a result of our auto immune system attacking our pancreas.

Most of the time, I have enough energy to (briefly) explain the difference, but sometimes I just smile.

Some of my other favorite reactions are:

  • But you’re not fat?
  • Did you eat a lot of sugar growing up?
  • Don’t worry – this dessert is sugarfree.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that a lot of people think Diabetes has to do with your sugar intake, when in fact, it’s your carbohydrate consumption. While sugar is also a carb, if the food you’re eating has carbs in it and no sugar, you still must give yourself the appropriate amount of insulin. Tip for the day…

Until next time,

Xo Ashley