Dating a man with diabetes

” I looked up to notice his eyes were wide; he’d gone a worrying shade of pale and was looking around the restaurant to see if any waiters had ‘caught’ me.

Now I don’t expect every person in the world to know the ins and outs of the condition (the number of times I’ve been asked if I’m injecting sugar… Admittedly it says something about the guys I go for, but how do you react to that??

I’m the kinda girl that doesn’t care at all; diabetes is a common enough thing, and if you can’t take me with diabetes then there ain’t much chance of us getting along!

I distinctly remember the exact same thing happening in an episode of Byker Grove.

I was definitely in primary school when I saw it, which means it was a good 15 years ago.

He calmed down eventually when I had the chance to explain. If you can’t keep up, all you need to do is take me to Mc Donalds on a date and you’ll never hear from me again. In which case, hand me the Chicken Mc Nuggets and I’m yours.

We only lasted one more date, and to be honest I think he was still in shock. Fair enough, this has only happened once and if you’ve never come across someone with diabetes before why should you know what it is?

This is in fact not true, as both type 1 and 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as blindness, amputation, kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke, if not managed well."Type 1 diabetes can be sudden onset, where a person may become quite unwell very quickly, whereas type 2 diabetes can go undetected for a number of years.

Both types of diabetes need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid diabetes-related complications." – Deepa Khatri, clinical adviser, Diabetes UK "I didn't get it from eating too much sugar. And type 1 and type 2 are two completely different conditions.

The places I find myself stabbing my limbs makes me chuckle sometimes…

on the tube, at the bus stop, in a club (that did raise a few eyebrows).

There's two types, I'm talking about type 1, the autoimmune condition.

There's nothing I did to get it, there's nothing I could have done to prevent it, and it's not contagious.

It's a lot more than just taking a couple of insulin injections though – there's a lot more to it." – Connor Mc Harg "One of my major frustrations is that people tend not to view diabetes as a 'serious' illness and will go as far to say that it's self-inflicted due to certain lifestyle choices.

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