Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

Although Type 1 Diabetes is a manageable life condition, we all need to find a little bit of humor in in too! Here is a list of things that only people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, would be able to relate to!

Managing diabetes is a full-time job, but with a little bit of humor (and plenty of supplies), you can take it all in stride. Here are 29 things only a person living with diabetes would understand.

1. Every paper cut is an opportunity to test your blood sugar.

paper cuts

2. You have an entire drawer, dresser, or closet devoted to diabetes supplies.

diabetes supplies

3. You have hundreds of lancets and only a few test strips. But on the plus side, your health insurance company is willing to pay for more lancets!

test strips

4. When it’s time to test, all you have to do is squeeze your finger.

testing time

5. The phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ is a reminder that it’s time to change your lancet.

blue moon

6. You hesitate to wear white in case you prick your finger and hit a ‘gusher.’

don't wear white

7. Your fingers appear to spell something in Braille.

finger braille

8. Being high means something completely different to you than it does to most people.

new meaning

9. You can calculate the carbohydrate total of every meal in your head without breaking a sweat.

meal carb levels

10. You should test your blood sugar 6 times a day, but insurance only approved you for 1 strip a week.

blood sugar

11. You can put a mathematician to shame: insulin on board, carb factors, insulin to carb ratio, no problem!

do the math

12. Well-meaning friends have offered you every diabetes remedy under the sun, from cinnamon to birdseed milk.

friends mean well

13. You’ve heard, ‘But you don’t look like a diabetic!’

you look fine

14. You’re familiar with all the diabetes horror stories of the relatives of anyone you’ve ever met.

diabetes horror stories

15. You’ve heard, ‘You can’t eat that!’ too many times.

cant eat that

16. Everyone wants to know where you got your cool pager.

cool diabetes pager

17. You find used test strips in your toothpaste drawer but don’t know how they got there.

fridge test strips

18. You have a pile of diabetes cookbooks holding up your sofa.

diabetes cookbooks

19. You own 15 glucose meters, but you only use 1.

glucose meters

20. CSI would have a very hard time ‘investigating the scene’ at your house.

investigate the scene

21. You have 2 cases of juice boxes at home, and none of them are for your kids.

juice boxes

22. You have to remind yourself that it isn’t polite to punch people who say ‘diabeetus’ in the face.

dont punch people

23. The pharmacy is number 1 on your speed dial, and you’re on a first name basis with the pharmacist.

pharmacy is friend

24. People often say, ‘You can eat it, it’s sugar-free!’ about something that’s loaded with carbohydrates.

sugar free food

25. Everyone asks you what to do about their ‘noncompliant’ diabetic spouse.

asking for help

26. You read every article that promises ways to improve your glucose level, but they all end up being about prevention instead.

glucose level improvements

27. According to TV commercials, it’s a good thing you’re young, because only old people get diabetes.

youre too young

28. There’s never been any butter in your refrigerator’s butter compartment — it’s used for storing insulin.

no butter

29. To lick or to wipe? That is the question.

lick or wipe

Article Written by Lizmari Collazo. Permission to share by Meagan Jones.

My favorite is #22…. a disagreement I have with my husband ALL. THE. TIME! He certainly knows how to push my buttons! Which one was your favorite?