Day 3 Diabetes Blog Week: Abusing Insulin

On May 16, 2012 by Cherise Shockley

Day 3: Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!


I know the title of this post is a little weird but bear with me for a moment-I’m going to explain.

When I was diagnosed with LADA, I was placed on oral medication.  I counted every little thing I placed in my mouth and understood the value of exercise.    I managed to keep my A1Cs below 5.9-I worked hard and it showed.  

In 2008, I was placed on insulin.  I developed the “I can eat anything because I have insulin” attitude -not good.   I slowly began to gain weight and blood sugars started becoming a lot harder to manage.  Yes, insulin was created to help people with diabetes live a healthy, long life.   But I have to be honest- I abuse this drug to help me enjoy the high carb, fast food meals and Chili’s chicken crispers (honesty is the best policy).  Moderation and self-control went out the door-I’m slowly finding them again.

The next step:

Enroll in a few T1U classes and read ”Think Like a Pancreas”  to learn how to stop abusing insulin and learn how to use it for the reasons it was created.

4 Responses to “Day 3 Diabetes Blog Week: Abusing Insulin”

  • Oooh…your next steps are on my agenda! A while down the road, of course – logging first! – but definitely on my agenda.

  • This is interesting. As a type 1, when I saw the headline, I assumed by abusing insulin you meant that you underdosed to lose weight!

  • hey there brave girl. honesty, especially with ourselves, can be a really great thing. identifying next steps? also incredible. you’re doing what you need to do. insulin is a totally crazy, messed-up life support. can’t live without it, but geez it can mess with our bodies (and our heads, right? mine anyway). wishing you all kinds of goodness with your next steps. just one foot in front of the other. take your time, you’ll get there. :)

  • Very honest and insightful post. I sometimes do that too just cover it with insulin :-(

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