To people with type 1 who feel obliged to post blaming, shaming and just plain scary pictures on social media: (I’m not going to share the social media image in question as I don’t want to perpetuate the awful message).
1.I know you’re scared of complications, we all are but you need to learn how to cope with the fear. Sticking your head in the sand and saying bad things only happen to people who eat sugar is ignorant and it’s not going to help you.
2.Diabetes is difficult, being simplistic doesn’t help anyone. The person I know with the worst a1c, never ate cake, never ate ice cream, never had dessert, never drank juice in the whole four years I knew her at university, she exercised too and was underweight. She had an eating disorder and hypos terrified her, she was also depressed about complications. A1c does not simply equate to sugar consumption, that’s a ridiculous notion and it should not be perpetuated.
3.Risk reduction does not eliminate complications. People with low a1cs develop complications and those with high a1cs don’t. Before about 1980 ‘tight’ control was impossible, what would be considered alarmingly elevated sugars was pretty great control back then. Not everyone developed complications.
4.Have some compassion on people who, for a variety of reasons, may be suffering complications. It is disgusting that, to allay your own fears, you are deliberately promoting a false message and shaming people.
5.As people with diabetes we can do better than this. Do it for yourself, face your fears even if you can’t do it for the sake of accuracy and compassion for others.
There was a rule on social media that simply said “don’t be a dick” in this case I think I’ll say don’t be a TypeOneShit.Tweet