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.
Take me for example, though: I was a perfectly healthy and active 11-year-old child when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, with no family history of the condition, so when I see images of sweets and fast food aligned with stories about diabetes in the media, it really bothers me."People really need to be educated more on the facts surrounding diabetes to realise the seriousness of it and wake up to the fact that people die from the illness, including the young and physically active." – Amy Black "As I live on my own, I have to wear a panic alarm at night in case I ever suffer severe night-time hypoglycaemia (which is rare).
Other problems associated with the build up of sugar in the blood include: Anyone can get type 2 diabetes.
However, those at highest risk for the disease are those who are obese or overweight, people with family members who have type 2 diabetes and people who have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that include high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good 'HDL' cholesterol and a high bad 'LDL' cholesterol, and high blood pressure).
Prior to that I was giving myself insulin injections, which averaged about four injections a day.
Although people often used to stare when I injected myself, it never really bothered me – you just get used to it and stop noticing after a while." – Amy Black "Type 1 even influences the way that I dress, because my outfits either need to have pockets to hold my insulin pump.
It is likely caused by multiple factors and not a single problem.
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.
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.
I then count my carbs for my meal and inject the correct amount of insulin, along with checking my blood sugars.
"I repeat this process for all other meals and snacks throughout the day.