In theory, limiting carb intake with type 1 seems like a reasonable idea. Less carbs = less insulin = less cray blood sugars, right? Well, sometimes that might work. But the reality is that restriction leads to binging, and just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you are exempt from that.
Learning the lingo around diabetes is essentially learning a new language. There are brand new terms, verbs that don’t exist in other places, and words that mean entirely different things to the rest of the world (how many times have you said “I’m high” and gotten strange looks?) And once we get comfortable with it, we tend to use the same words & phrases over and over again, without realizing how they might be somewhat problematic. The words we use to talk about diabetes are important! They have the potential to affect how we think about diabetes, how we feel about it, and how we take care of ourselves.
I do this thing sometimes (too often) where I keep talking in big nerdy science language and realize that some people are totally lost and don’t know what I’m saying anymore. Like, seriously. I do this everywhere. It’s fine at work, but when you’re out a bar geeking out over research people start to think you’re insane. And when you do this on instagram, you lose your followers. So before I keep going deeper into nuanced conversations around Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) online, I figured I should write this post as reference to refer people to when they’re feeling a little lost on the basics. Here we go: the basics of Type 1 Diabetes.
The new feature on the FNCE app that allowed attendees to submit questions electronically to be answered by the speaker during the Q&A. Not surprisingly, there were literally hundreds of questions during this HAES debate. Unfortunately, the moderator didn’t have a chance to ask more than a handful of them. However, I did snap screenshots of most of these questions and decided to spend my plane ride back to Austin answering them.