Diabetes Personal Experience

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.

This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

  • Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter the body’s cells, where it is used as fuel for energy so we can work, play and generally live our lives. It is vital for life.
  • Glucose comes from digesting carbohydrate and is also produced by the liver.
  • If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper use of this glucose so it builds up in the blood and can’t be used as fuel.
  • There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes develops when glucose can’t enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel. This happens when either:

  • There is no insulin to unlock the cells (Type 1)
  • There is not enough insulin or the insulin is there but not
    working properly (Type 2)

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 per cent of all adults with diabetes and is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity. Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood. It is the most common type of diabetes found in childhood.

Type 2 diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, though in South Asian people, who are at greater risk, it often appears from the age of 25. It is also increasingly becoming more common in children, adolescents and young people of all ethnicities. Type 2 diabetes accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with diabetes and is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition to this, medication and/or insulin are often required.
In Type 2 diabetes there is not enough insulin (or the insulin isn’t working properly), so the cells are only partially unlocked and glucose builds up in the blood.


  1. I am waiting for my second round of blood work to come back with the results as to whether or not i have gestational diabetes. My OB said she is pretty sure it will come back positive so while im waiting for the final results i want to make sure im not ingesting to many carbs. What is the suggested intake of carbs for someone with gestational diabetes and/or Type 2 diabetes?

  2. AuthorForSale says:

    Jessie, that is a fantastic comment and you sound very mature for your age! I was diagnosed at 14. Your A1c is very good! Gosh, I don’t even know you, but I’m so proud of you! 🙂

  3. AuthorForSale says:

    This video brought tears to my eyes. I was diagnosed at 14, but I’m still struggling with some of the day to day regimen. It is really exhausting and it really is a struggle every single day.

    Type 1 Diabetes really makes you grow up faster than you want to. I wish you so much health. Keep fighting, girl.

    Don’t forget to be a kid too, okay?

  4. KillerOsterGer says:

    i was 7 and now iam 17 and i have a special form that sucks but life goes on ^^ greetz to all people that have diabetes 🙂

  5. fromwes17 says:

    no cure for diabetes but life must go on. I’m 19. I don’t have it now but the doctor said I’m at risk and several years to pass it’ll result to diabetes.

  6. i do not have this i want all of you to know that I pray for you as a blanket prayer that you will be cured, and I love you all very much and that the Lord works miracles and hang in there!!!! bless you all very much and Merry Christmas 🙂

  7. I got Type 1 Diabetes and im 11 i’ve had it since i was 10. Its not that hard for me any more I just find it part of life now.

  8. Laughaholic08 says:

    While I don’t have diabetes, a friend of mine made two videos on her account. It won’t let me post the links, but I think you will enjoy them. Her username is @HeartCOOP. Through her, and another friend, who sadly, passed away of unrelated causes, I have learned about the disease and I an watching random youtube videos to get more of a sence of everyday life.

  9. This video is a real insperation, I got type 1 diabetes when I was 10 years old I am now 19 years old. Just keep your head held high and do not let anything stand in your way of ur dreams, keep fighting girl.xoxox

  10. africandoll33 says:

    Great video,Diabetes really is 24/7 and does not sleep I know waking up at random times because of a hypo.
    Love the video.Now time to find a cure.

  11. mirroredmalice says:

    This is a lovely video. I am 19 and have just been diagnosed with Type 1. Keep fighting, together, one day, we will find a cure.

  12. Pascalletje001 says:

    I have diabetes type 1 too when i was 13 = ( hope they quickly find a cure.

  13. I’ve got Diabetes Typ 1 now 1 year. I don’t think it’s a fight. I try to live like before and it’s ok. And ind doesn’t change myself. I’m the same like before.

  14. my sister is type 1 at 5 shes had it for 2 years now its really hard for her and us
    i hope there is a cure
    for her sake
    were finding it hard
    but must be harder for her
    shes on a pump now
    making it slighty easier

  15. chocolatecandycone says:

    i want a cure i got diabeties when i was 9 and i am 11 now its ok but i dont want many people to know because they will tease me!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

  16. habbomanish says:

    I dont have diabetes but i read at the newspaper yesterday (swedish) and it said that there is a shot for diabetes that can cure that in atleast 3 years. And i aplogoize of everyones diabetes and i hope you will be cured sometime. Sorry for m English.

  17. LivLivIzACutie9 says:

    @chocolatecandycone: no one will teas you because you have diabetes. It is part of you and god forbid if someone does…it’s part of you and it is NOT your fault. dont be afraid to show everyone who you are. It will make you stronger…i promise you.

  18. koop1234321 says:

    im 12 years old and have type 1 diabetes. u inspire me. keep fightin<3 🙂

  19. kryder123 says:

    ive had diabetes since may of 2002, im 16 and for someone your age (not calling you young or anything) to be able to make a video informing people of what type 1 diabetes is really like and to reach out and ask for a cure makes me realize i need to kick it up a notch. diabetes has significantly changed my life. but so many great things have come out of it. ive learned that though every day is a struggle, its possible to take care of.

  20. kryder123 says:

    ^^^realizing that diabetes is, however incurable, controllable and meeting other kids my age with diabetes who ive grown really close to has helped me through it. along with this video, thanks for uploading it.

  21. kryder123 says:

    i agree. if there was a cure tomorrow, i wouldnt take it. ive gained to much from this experience. though im all up for helping to find a cure

  22. northforlife89 says:

    Even though a cure may be a long ways away still or just around the corner possibly… We are making huge steps forward to create a simpler lifestyle for all of us with diabetes, both types 1 and 2… Such as the break through research being down currently… where a glucose meter is being developed to use saliva instead of blood… Taking away the need to prick your finger so many times a day and lessening the stress…

  23. ComicFanGreenLantern says:

    I agree. Raise money. Dats what i did

  24. ComicFanGreenLantern says:

    How long you had it for kid?

  25. ComicFanGreenLantern says:

    This video is very moving. This girl is very moivational in my eyes. Check my page around time to time. Gunna start some diabetes based vidz. both types. Stay strong guys. My motto- Don’t let it control you, Take control of it!

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