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I feel so stupid for posting here because I’m Type 2. I have seen so many confessions from Type 1’s that break my heart. However. Learning I had Type 2 really messed me up and scared me at first. I spent several weeks crying at night over it. I had heard so many bad stories and people kept telling me awful things. Now, I have shooting pains in my hands and feet and suddenly have 2 broken teeth. Is it because of diabetes? No one seems to be able to tell me. It worries me.

- Anon

Don’t feel stupid!! This blog is completely open to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. I edit or decline to post any submissions that shame or judge either condition because this is supposed to be an emotional dumping ground for ANY diabetics. 

The shooting pains might be nerve problems, but I don’t know about the teeth. I know that when my blood sugars are too high for too long I tend to get cavities and gum problems. My advice on that is to talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner about your symptoms and INSIST that they take you seriously and listen to you. Good luck! <3

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Sometimes I take extra insulin to make myself low to get out of lessons. It doesn’t normally work but last Thursday it worked, but I went too low and almost passed out. Now my head of year is way too concerned about me, and I hate it. What can I do?

The only real way to do anything to change the situation is to prove to your head of year that they don’t need to be as concerned about you as they are. The only way to do that is to prove that you are as stable as you can be - by not taking extra insulin! I know it’s tempting to use it to get out of lessons or classes, I’m guilty of it myself. But it’s too dangerous to be worth it. You end up with friends who treat you like they’re your babysitter and your grades suffer, not to mention the health effects. Repetitive low or high blood sugars are not good for your body long term. Take care of yourself! <3

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I had a lot of problems with my sugars since 2009. I am on pump and I did try to make sugars better, but they were not. i also suggested to switch to pens or to GCM (Which is really expensive, like 300€ per month).. but doctor always just threatened that she will take my pump. A few weeks ago, I found out, that you can get GCM for free, if your doctor recommends you and you have troubles with sugars. And this option has been available since 2010.. so maybe, I do not deserve help.. or life…

- Anon

I think you deserve both help and life! Unfortunately, some doctors just suck. They really do. I think you deserve a better doctor, and I think that if you can, you should try to switch doctors. My diabetes care improved so much just by finding a doctor willing to work with me rather than against me.

- Admin

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About Victoza: type 2 diabetic &I’m on it. For the past two days I’ve eaten CONSIDERABLY less. I ate only half a sandwich yesterday afternoon, then I spent the rest of the night vomiting. It was awful, but expected. My dr warned me of the side effects. I’m desperate for weight loss, as my previous insulin and regimens have made me gain 65lbs. I’ve cut out potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread (for the most part), and I exercise a minimum of 30mins per day. I went from 160lbs to 225 in only a year


Respect your body’s limits! If the side effects become dangerous or continue for too long, talk to your doctor. It’s the kind of medication that has the potential to do more harm than good if your body doesn’t handle it well. Good luck! <3 -Admin

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So, I’m not a diabetic, but I’m dating one. It’s been over a year, and I’ve walked in on him being so low he could barely regain consciousness, so high he couldn’t stand to get to the bathroom. And it’s been incredibly scary, and it’s not even happening to me. My point is, what is the best way to support a diabetic when the fears sink in. I know I can’t say “it’s all going to be okay” because I can’t guarantee anything, but I want to be there for him so BADLY, and have no idea how sometimes


"Endurance. You have to continue to show up and let him know that someone cares about him. When he’s too low or too high or angry about being a diabetic, you gotta make sure that he does what he needs to do and when his blood sugar levels out you gotta talk to him and make sure he knows that you’re supportive of him and that you’re there for him. Make sure that the right thing is happening, even when he doesn’t want to do it. And make sure that he also knows that it’s only one part of him, that being diabetic doesn’t define him." 

- This is a guest answer, from my ex-girlfriend of 3 years. She has and still does stand by me and support me. Even when my blood sugar is high and I’ve had two bad sites and I don’t ever want to stab myself again. So I thought she’d be a good one to give you some input.

Any other opinions/ideas?

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