Fit 5 On Friday: 5 Lies that are unhealthy for your diabetes

September 12, 2014By 1 Comment

untitled67Yes, I am guilty.  If you think you truly are the perfect diabetic and have never told a diabetes related lie that hasn’t had some effect on you, your spouse, or an important event then well, hats off to you.

Here are five lies that people with diabetes tell so seamlessly, and have been doing it for years, that we forget how they negatively impact not only our own health, but often the situation around us.


Lie #1: You lie to your parent (if you are a child/teenager) or to your spouse about what your blood sugar actually is.

– All your mother is doing, and maybe is too busy to explain to you her thought process, is trying to plan for a nice Saturday afternoon with the family.  You check your blood sugar when you wake up, and when she asks you what it is, you yell down the stairs “110 Ma!!!”   You know you are going to that awesome breakfast joint where they have your favorite chocolate chip pancakes and there is no way she is every gonna let you have even a bite if she knows your actually 283.   If you are on a pump, you may be able to get this one past her, but if your on injections, your only setting yourself up for a miserable day where you end up being in a sour mood all day because your high, and your siblings are just trying to enjoy the park or whatever while your mother is dealing with your crabbiness and constant venture for water and a bathroom all day.  Ask yourself, how is that fun?

–  My husband knows I have no self-control when it comes to chocolate, therefore we very rarely keep it in the house.  He catches me eating the last homemade cookie that I baked, while he has only had maybe 2 from the entire batch, and I glare at him and say “I’m low, stop looking at me like that.”   He rolls his eyes and walks out of the room because he knows I’m just gonna eat it anyway even if I’m not really low.  And I’m not.  I just want the damn cookie.  However, my blood sugar is 220 and I just finished dinner.  The cookie could probably wait until I at least come down from my high, so that I’m not overdoing my boluses and potentially causing me to crash in the middle of the night…. in which case I do crash, and need to wake him up to go get me juice.  Thanks cookie monster.  I slap myself on the wrist, I just can’t do things like that without knowing the consequences.

Lie #2: You have been getting a low reservoir alarm all day, you know you need to change out your pump before you go to sleep but your just too damn exhausted.  Your pump says you have enough insulin to last you 8 hours.  Awesome, well I only plan on sleeping 7 hours, so I can make it.

– You wake up to pee at midnight, check your blood sugar and see that you are high and need a correction… oops, you don’t have enough insulin left in your reservoir and now you need to spend the time changing your pump site at midnight.  Nice work Polly Procrastinator, you really out did yourself.

Lie #3:  This lie is an extension of #2.  You can’t seem to get your blood sugar below 200 and you’ve been going on a bolus binge all day, scratching your head and wondering what in the heck is wrong.  It couldn’t be your site?  No, it never is.

– You are on day 4 of your pump site, already pushing your luck since 3 days is the max general rule of thumb.  Your site is even itchy, and you REFUSE to take 5 minutes to change it.  Now you have ketones, now you are miserable, and have completely wasted a perfectly good day searching for a solution that was right in front of your face.  STOP BEING LAZY!!!

Lie #4: You lie to your Endo, about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G

– Your endo asks you details about your meter download and you all of a sudden catch amnesia.  “Now, why do you think you spike so high after breakfast?”  Oh, not because you like flavored syrup in your coffee and don’t bother to bolus for it, not because you grab a handful of m&m’s before you rush out the door, or not because you suspend your pump when you exercise, no, it couldn’t be any of those reasons. So you shrug your shoulders, must be the stress of getting out of the house in the morning.  He then asks, “Why is it every Friday night you go to bed high and wake up with a low in the middle of the night?”  Oh, let’s see, well, that can’t be because Friday night is Mexican night and you have 2 Margarita’s with sugary sour mix, bolus for them, and crash (which can often happen when you drink alcohol and you need to plan ahead for that).

We need to realize that our doctor appointments are only as valuable as the information that we put into them.  When we give our doctors nothing to work with, they can’t all of a sudden become psychics or magicians.  Really, stop being a child and take responsibility.  Your doctor isn’t there to scold you but instead remind you how to count carbs and bolus for a sugary latte or how to manage insulin and alcohol.  We all need a refresher course every now and then.  Lieing at your Endo appointment will only affect your A1c in the long run and also make you feel even worse for wasting a $35 copay because you don’t know how to tell the truth.

Lie #5: I swear my diabetes is making me fat.  I just have to accept it.

– ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Sometimes it is a matter of what came first, the chicken or the egg.  Those of us with T1D are at higher risk of things like celiac disease and thyroid issues, which can directly affect our weight and make battling the bulge even more difficult than for the average person.  But, if it isn’t the chronic condition that happened first, and you happen to be overweight when you got diagnosed with T1D, don’t all of a sudden confuse yourself with your 80-year-old grandma.  We need to remember that insulin is actually a growth hormone.  So think back to the old lock and key analogy; When we eat, we need insulin, and our cells uptake the energy from our food when the insulin unlocks them to allow the energy in.  When there is an imbalance of food and insulin, we can find ourselves chasing high blood sugars, endless hunger, and endless need for insulin, causing weight gain in the long run.  Something that a lot of people find hard to understand is that many of us with T1D basically are constantly hungry.  Unless we have perfect control over our insulin doses and blood sugars, there is usually any given moment of the day when we could eat an entire sandwich.  It’s all about self-control, pausing and paying attention.  Recognize first what is causing the weight gain: Is it blood sugar and insulin related?  Is there something else going on that you may need to get checked out by your doctor?  Do you need to have a visit with a dietitian again since the last time you went was 1995?  Or, is it lifestyle and behavioral issues that are really unrelated to your diabetes?  Stop blaming one thing or another, and find a solution to work with whatever it is you have going on.  The sooner you get yourself healthier, I promise, your diabetes will magically become a little easier to control.





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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Another good read. So tempting to “explain away” things when the truth is challenging, tiring, annoying, unfair, and more….to deal with…..

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