10 Facepalm Moments in Life with Type 1 Diabetes

We take a look back at some ridiculous misunderstandings and some frustrating goofs that come with Type 1 diabetes.



Life with Type 1 diabetes comes with many opportunities for mistakes and misunderstandings. From our article library, we’ve collected 10 facepalm moments when people made some cringe-worthy mistakes in understanding or managing Type 1 diabetes.

1. When a TV report says too little insulin will cause someone’s blood sugar to go low.

Read more: TV Report Gets Blood Sugar Management Completely Wrong.

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2. When you get signed up for the wrong age group in diabetes summer camp.

Read more: Too Old for Diabetes Summer Camp.

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3. When a sportscaster declares that Jay Cutler has Type 2 diabetes:

Read more: Wait, Jay Cutler has Type 2 Diabetes Now?

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4. When a relative shares a link to a fake diabetes cure.

Read more: 5 Reasons you Should Never Share Fake Diabetes Cures.

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5. When you leave your insulin at a hotel during a roadtrip.

Read more: We Left Our Son’s Insulin at the Last Hotel.

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6. When a restaurant owner puts up a sign saying people with diabetes must dose in the bathroom.

Read more: Mike’s Pig Pen Owner Apologizes. Was it Worth it?

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7. When you forget to adjust your insulin dosage to account for the adrenaline of committing a crime.

Read more: How the Robber with Type 1 Got Caught.

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8. When a TV show introduces a character with Type 1 just to kill him or her off.

Read more: Outlander Makes Type 1 Diabetes Terminal and Useful.

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9. When you forget your diabetes supplies and you and your friends must go hunting around for more.

Read more: Sharing is Caring for the T1D Community.

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10. When your doctor says you can reverse Type 1 diabetes through diet.

Read more: When Your Doctor is Diabetes Dumb.

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Craig Idlebrook is managing editor for Insulin Nation and Type 2 Nation. He's written about health policy, environmental health, community health, and maternal health for over 25 publications. You can reach him at cidlebrook@epscomm.com.