When I began graduate school in Fall 2011, more experienced graduate students explained the life I was about to begin in terms of juggling: you had your job, your graduate work, some shreds of a personal life, and somehow you had to keep all of those balls up in the air. Then on January 24, 2012, I was tossed another ball–Type 1 diabetes. And I’ve always been clumsy.
I created The Clumsy Juggler to chronicle my attempts at balancing this disease with my busy life as a grad student and still find time to read for fun. Click here and read all about it!
The full medical name for diabetes is diabetes mellitus, a fancy term that literally means “sweet pee,” the most notable symptom of diabetes. The catch-all term actually refers to several related but separate diseases that affect the body’s ability to process sugar and therefore cause high blood sugar levels. I have type 1 diabetes, a rapid onset autoimmune disease that develops when your immune system attacks your body’s insulin-producing cells. Weight, diet, and activity level are not risk factors for type 1. You can read more about type 1 diabetes here.
The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. If someone in your family has diabetes but you’re not sure what type, chances are it’s type 2. While people who are overweight and sedentary are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, weight and activity level are risk factors, not causes, of the disease. You can read more about type 2 diabetes here.
Other forms of diabetes include
- Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults (LADA)/Type 1.5
- Monogenic diabetes, which has two forms
- Gestational diabetes
I am not a juggler. I am not a nurse, a doctor, or a Certified Diabetes Educator. I’m an English teacher and education student. If you want qualified advice on grammar or writing, ask me. If you want qualified advice about diabetes, ask a doctor.