I’ve had type 1 diabetes since age two. Diabetes education is near and dear to my heart, especially since I volunteer every year at a day camp for young, and often newly-diagnosed type 1’s.
Let’s dive right in.
1. Type 1 Diabetes is not preventable.
You either get it or you don’t. Changing your lifestyle won’t prevent your pancreas from attacking itself.
2. Type 1 Diabetes is not curable at the moment.
It’s only treatable. Insulin is not a cure, it’s a treatment.
The science community has been telling us that a cure is 5 years away for over 50 years. The closest we’ve gotten is cell replacement therapy, but that’s just trading insulin for anti-rejection medication.
Personally, I’m looking forward to artificial pancreases and closed-loop insulin pumps.
3. I’m “allowed” to have sugar. I just choose not to.
There are only two things I can’t have: poison, and cookies made with poison. It’s an old joke intended to get the point across that, as long as we correct appropriately, literally nothing is off limits.