Know the Damn Difference!!

07 Mar



What I really want to scream out loud is…….if you are going to offer advice on diabetes care, KNOW THE DAMN DIFFERENCE! 

There are two types of diabetes, Type 1, which used to be call juvenile diabetes, and Type 2 which used to be referred to as Adult Onset. The major difference is Type 1 comes from the pancreas shutting down and not producing insulin. Type 2 however is the bodies inability to use insulin properly. The pancreas still works but the body does not use or absorb the insulin correctly. That is why Type 2 can sometimes be controlled with diet and exercise. Type 1 however CANNOT be controlled. Insulin has to be given, either through a shot or a pump, into the body.   You cannot reverse Type 1 and it cannot be controlled by diet. It doesn’t matter what you eat, your pancreas still is not producing the insulin your body needs to use the food correctly.



Let me go back and explain where this journey started. My dear darling son was diagnosed 3 years ago with Type 1 diabetes. We had no idea what was going on and this came completely out of left field. He was a normal, active 8 year old when he started drinking water constantly, wetting the bed on occasion and loosing weight. At first we didn’t realize anything was wrong. He was growing, he was almost 5 foot tall at the time and we at first thought he was just thinning out because he was getting taller. When dark rings started showing below his eyes, it was time to do something.

My hubby took him to his pediatrician since I was at work. I had taken him in a few months prior and he weighed around 100 lbs. They thought something was wrong with the scale when he got on. They re-calibrated it and even had him get on another scale. He was 86 lbs!!! (Wish I could loose weight that fast!)    The doc took a urine sample and told hubby that he thought they were looking at diabetes. He sent them to one of our local hospitals so he could get a blood test and get results immediately.  They had to drive past my work so they stopped in, told me what was going on and said they would stop by when they got done. It was close to lunchtime and it was Friday payday so we were going to go grab something when they got done. 

When they returned to my job, hubby had already gotten a call from the doctor’s office instructing us to go to USF Diabetes Center in Tampa. We live about 2 hours from Tampa and with this being Friday afternoon, we asked if there was anyway we could call and schedule next week. We were told no, we need to go NOW, they were expecting us and realized it would be later that afternoon. I left work telling my boss I’d call him later.

By the time we got to Tampa, needless to say we were baffled and confused. Neither of us had had any dealings with diabetes and we had no idea what was going on!! We learned very quickly we had a sick little boy on our hands and we were probably within days of him becoming violently ill and rushed to the emergency room. That is where 80% of children are diagnosed!!! We were told if his blood sugar had gotten any higher (it was 647) he could have gone into a diabetic coma!!!! I had no idea what normal blood sugar readings were supposed to be and when they told my between 100-125, I nearly fell off my chair!!! 

It has been an interesting trip these past couple of years, but thanks to the wonderful care he has received, he is doing wonderful! He handled all this like a trooper and I think he handled the news and all the instructions better than hubby and I did!!! When the nurse asked him if he understood what was going on and what we were all talking about, his response warmed my heart! He said, “Yep this is serious and we’ll just have to deal with it and do the best we can!” 


So, back to the beginning of my rant. If you don’t know the difference, don’t offer advice from something you heard on the radio or saw on the internet!!!! There are so many bogus claims out there with claims of eliminating diabetes or reverse the dependence on insulin. Some of these snake oil, home remedy, voo-doo potions might work for Type 2 (but I wouldn’t count on it) but they absolutely will not work for Type 1. Untill they come up with a cure or can develop an artificial pancreas (both of which they are working hard on) insulin treatment is the only thing that is going to  help someone who has bee diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. 


This has been my submission for “Finish the Sentence Friday! And I actually got it posted on Friday!!!! Yay me!!! I’ve been working on another Twisted Mix Tape but my video cable for the interweb got wrapped around my yardarm and I’m having a devil of a time putting videos in my post!!!

Enjoy your weekend and I hope everyone has smooth sailing, warm breezes and grand adventures!  


Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Know the Damn Difference!!

  1. Lizzi R

    March 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Well, it’s more than that, isn’t it. Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It tends to appear in childhood, but can manifest even up to the mid 20’s.

    And Type 1s can also be insulin resistant. As I learned this week, with a new part of Husby’s diagnosis.

    GOOD FOR YOU though, for writing such an informative and very personal article on this.

    I’m glad your son was okay. Acid ketosis is no joke to try to deal with! And it’s a hellish steep learning curve thereafter.

    • msenecal68

      March 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Lizzi!!I get so tired of people telling me about these “miracle” treatments for diabetes. Even on TV they don’t always make the distinction between the two. When he was first diagnosed, I got either well maybe he can just take a pill and he’ll be fine (Nope!) or well I guess all of you will start eating better because you have to change his diet, (No Again!) His doctor told him he can eat anything he wants, within reason and in moderation.

      They changed the old “you can’t eat this and you can’t eat that” regime especially with kids years ago. We have cut back on the sweets at home but he’s still allowed to have them. People don’t realize it not the sugar, it’s the carbs you have to watch. Even fresh, healthy food can be high in carbs!!!

  2. The Regular Guy NYC

    March 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Very nice informative post. Good to see your son is handling it well. I also put up a post last year on diabetes. We have a few in our family dealing with it too,

  3. Jamie

    June 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm



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