The Fat Type 1


#1

It sucks being fat. Anyone that is fat or has been fat knows what I mean. I have almost always been fat except for my four years in high school. I started out heavy and by the time I reached my senior year I was 165 lbs.

Thanks Diabetes.

No sooner did I start taking insulin did I gain it all back.

This sucks because when most people find out that I have diabetes they say, “You know maybe with some exercise you can stop taking shots. That’s what [insert family member or friend] did and I bet you can too!”

"um, no I wish but…no."

The funny thing is when I say that they look so sad like, "whoa you have the bad kind."

I want to slap people for this kind of stereotype.

Read my LIPS! (read: words)

NOT ALL TYPE ONE’S ARE SKINNY AND NOT ALL TYPE 2’s ARE FAT!!!

There. do you think that helped?

Have you ever been sterotyped like this?


#2

Gene,

Although I am not a heavy-set person and can’t relate to what you are saying, I want to thank you for this blog.

I am a Type I and I guess I’ve never thought that not all Type Is are slim and not all Type IIs are heavy.

I am thanking you for making me challenge my thoughts and preconceived notions and altering my thinking some.

I am sure you will overcome your battles with your weight in time. Good luck to you. :slight_smile:


#3

George,

Are you insulin resistant? You can tell by the size of your insulin dose. If you are, even though you are a Type 1 you would benefit from using Metformin which would cut down the amount of insulin you use and stop weight gain and make it much easier to lose weight.

Symlin might also help a lot, as it affects eating patterns and also cuts down on how much insulin you have to use.

I’ve written extensively about this same topic, coming from the other side–diagnosed as Type 2 but I was diagnosed with "prediabetes: when I weighted 108 lbs.

There’s nothing that says that someone with insulin resistance can’t develop an autoimmune disease too.


#4

G - I hear you on this. I had an endo (that I met while working the ADA conference last year) ask me why I was so heavy. It gave me pause.

My dad was recently diagnosed with type 2 and has lost a lot of weight and feels great. It’s making me think maybe I should live like I’m a T2 even though I’m T1!


#5

I make a lot of assumptions about people. Misconceptions of diabetes sometimes (but not all the time) remind me to be careful about the assumptions i make about people.


#6

I hate these assumptions too! I’m type 1 and a little fat. I don’t get the oh, if you just lose a little weight thing very often… I think because I am young and I work around a lot of medical people that know the difference between type 1 and type 2.

But I hate that assumption. Because, like you say, not all type 1s are skinny and not all type 2s are fat. And underlying that assumption, is another assumption that being fat is bad, undesirable, and automatically “gives” you diabetes, when it’s just one risk factor of several. And that type 1s are “better diabetics” or more deserving than type 2s, and that it’s type 2s “fault,” which is such a messed up and inaccurate assumption. And that anyone that’s fat needs to change their body and everything will be perfectly ok. Which isn’t necessarily true.

And… it also bothers me when type 1s get angry for being mistaken for type 2s and are jerks about it and but down type 2s. Instead of responding how you did, by discussing the stereotypes and being frustrated by stupid people thinking they have your cure when they have no clue what they’re talking about, some t1s respond by putting down t2s and trying to distance themselves from them, which sucks.


#7

I’m right there with you G-Money!

It happens most at the YMCA where I go for adult mens basketball over the lunch period.

We play “shirts” vs. “skins” there - which means that half of the time I’m there my stomach is flying all over the place like a … well, like a fat stomach!

People see my infusion set and start asking questions, then after I say the magic word they tell me that if I lost some weight I’d be cured!

Sometimes I will go into the big explanation of things, but other times I just write them off and move on.

When I do get the comment about “Oh, you have it bad” I give them the pregnancy line.

“No - there’s no ‘level’ of diabetes, no ‘severity’ of your diabetes. It’s more like pregnancy. Either you are, or you’re not. There’s no ‘kinda’ pregnant, or pregnant really bad, either you are, or you are not”.