(Mis)Spelling Diabetes – Diebetes – Diabities – Dibetes- Diabets – Diabeties – Diabetis

How to spell diabetes and common misspellings:

diabetis diabettes diabetese 

  • diebetes
  • diabities
  • dibetes
  • diabets
  • diabeties
  • diabetis
  • diabetese
  • diabet
  • diebetis
  • diabetus
  • diabettes

Over the years I’ve seen a large array of spellings and stations of diabetes. Sometimes these are quite comical. There is even a meme online from the liberty medical infomercial guy with his now famous pronunciation of ‘Diabetus.’

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Look up ‘diabetus’ to see the now infamous meme.

Most of the misspellings do just fine phonetically so I give whoever I’m talking to or whatever I’m reading credit for their attempt. Some of these examples, especially those with the word die in, take me back to when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12. At the time I had no clue what diabetes (or diebetes) was but I knew it had the word die in it so I figured I wouldn’t be living for much longer. Looking back my thought process was quite comical at the time and I was pretty calm about my impending doom. But lo and behold I’m still here and even healthy people talk and write about their diabetes symptoms.

From what I’ve seen the diebetes misspelling is by far the most prevalent. That is definitely understandable though as I, as mentioned above, made that mistake as well some years ago. Some of the other misspellings have some strange pronunciations that would go along with them if pronounced as spelled. Diabities is a good example of that. Looking at the word diabettes makes me think of the word cassette for some reason. It must be the two T’s. I also may be aging myself with it that reference. People with diabet probably love to gamble and play poker.

There were quite a few other ways of spelling diabetes both reference to type I and type II that are around. I hope you get a laugh out of some of these common misspellings and imagine the creative pronunciations that go along with them.

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I would love to hear some of the others you have seen and heard so please share your insights and experiences in the comments below because I’m sure all of us can get a nice laugh from it. As always be sure to stay on top of your diabetus and check back soon for more posts from my dibetes blog.

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I too thought it was ‘diebetes’ when first diagnosed.

Diabetes Insurance Journey

In search of diabetes insurance:

In this article I plan to outline my diabetes insurance journey from the last few months. Up until my latest birthday I was covered by the military’s tricare insurance thanks to my father’s 30 years as an officer in the Army. With tricare there never seemed to be any complicated issues. I was able to select any doctor of my choice. He referred me to specialists such as an ophthalmologist when necessary, all for a low co-pay. The costs of lab work and doctor visits were very reasonable. Looking back, the biggest thing I took for granted was the fact that everything, including all prescriptions, was a simple co-pay away. From my experience as a type I diabetic there were no prescription tiers which are prevalent with private insurance companies. There is no durable medical equipment category, which I am now learning is a huge deal because my new insurance only covers 50% of what used to be a low co-pay. My insulin pump was covered and my Medtronic pump sets were sent in 90 day supplies.

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First let me say that I am thankful that I had and continue to have insurance that helps with my medical expenses. My new insurance is not nearly as cheap but I’m still learning the ins and outs of what costs I am responsible for and what the insurance company actually covers, to include who sends me the bill and who I write my checks to. One of the things I like best about tricare was the 90 day supply of insulin pump supplies and glucose test strips. Now it seems like I have to add the refill dates to the calendar to make sure I don’t run him supplies since they come monthly.

Let me tell you my first unpleasant experience trying to get a refill with my new insurance. The prescription ahead on file at the local pharmacy was for a 90 day supply of Humalog insulin. As you know when an insulin prescription is filled the doctor usually writes the number of vials as well as the number of units to take per day. Looking at my insulin pump daily totals as I write this I generally take around 40 units of insulin per day via pump. That is total units which includes the boluses for meals as well as the basal rate for a 24 hour period. So I go to my local pharmacy to refill my insulin prescription which I have ready to go (it should be waiting for me at the counter). I’m expecting the technician at the pharmacy to give me my typical 90 day supply which is about five vials of Humalog or so. I’m shocked when I’m handed one vial of insulin to last me a whole month. The printout on the box of insulin even says it’s only a 20 day supply.

Luckily I was not completely out of insulin at home so I decided not to pay for this prescription. I ended up calling my doctor and requested a new prescription written specifically for the new insurance which netted me a total of two vials per refill. I must also point out that price per refill is of the same no matter how many vials you get. So one vial of Humalog insulin is the same price as 30 vials of Humalog insulin since the co-pay is for the 30 day supply, not for the actual number of vials.

A couple of months before my tri-care insurance expired I began searching for a new insurance company. I was not sure if my employer would be able to cover me under their group plan as we are a small business and I presumed adding a type I diabetic to the plan would cause everyone’s rates to skyrocket. I was planning for the worst-case scenario.

Being a California resident I quickly became aware of California’s pre-existing condition medical plan. To qualify for this you have to have a pre-existing condition, get rejected by a private insurance company and/or be without insurance for a six month period. Being a type-1 diabetic I didn’t think the rejection part would be difficult. This plan was going to be my last resort as I knew having a lapse in coverage for expanded period of time would make me very hard to insure through a private company. I will post more on that adventure soon.

Exercising with Diabetes

Exercising with Diabetes

Exercising with diabetes (type 1) outdoors in extreme summer heat (we are talking about the desert southwest here) is not an ideal combination. Now that were well into October the weather in the desert is finally cooling off and I’m able to enjoy outdoor mountain activities  In the cooler months I enjoy hiking local trails as well as running. I plan on combining the two very soon and will begin trail running. I am often curious about how other type I diabetics handle rigorous exercise. To clarify, I am more interested in the diabetes routine as they approach exercising – lower basal rate, carbs before exercise, etc.

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Here is my view from part way up the trail. Insulin pump, glucose tablets and water in tow.

At the moment I have a Medtronic 522 paradigm pump that I wear while I hike with a lower temporary basal rate. I remove it completely while I am running because I find it not to be necessary with the more strenuous exercise. The biggest challenge I have when I’m exercising, which includes a strenuous hike or a moderate run, is detecting changes in my blood sugar. When I’m not exercising I have fairly strong symptoms that I’m able to detect, check my blood sugar and react accordingly. While exercising I often do not notice these diabetes symptoms until they are much stronger (more extreme sugars) which is obviously not ideal. I feel as I have a fairly good routine as far as knowing that I need a snack before a longer run and a reduced basal rate afterward but there are still occasional high and low blood sugars that managed to sneak in when I did not expect them.

On my hike today I carried my Medtronic paradigm pump my front pocket. I generally use a belt clip, but manage to break them far too frequently. This generally happens when I sit down and office chair with arms. My body clears the arms just fine but the pump attached to my belt clips the arm of the chair, ends up pinching me very thoroughly and eventually snaps the clip in half. Medtronic, if you are reading this, feel free to send some new pump clips and. On my wrist I wear a road ID bracelet which has my name, emergency contact numbers and also states that I’m a type I diabetic. This is a great product because it works well in any athletic setting and remains comfortable while providing the necessary information. Around my waist I wear a Spibelt which was designed for runners to carry accessories like phones and keys. In my Spibelt I carry my cell phone and glucose tablets which are essential on days like today because I was hiking alone. The version of the Spibelt I purchased is designed to hold an insulin pump but I generally do not use it for this function.

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Same trail with a view looking toward the peak of this hill. There is another trail heading up to the peak… next time.

I have been looking into continuous glucose monitors lately and feel as though I’ve been missing out on the action. I saw today that Dexcom received FDA approval for their G4 continuous glucose monitor which is a huge deal. A few weeks ago I began really looking into various glucose monitors and insulin pumps to see what the latest developments have been and which direction I want to go with future purchases. I’ve been using Medtronic insulin pumps for over 12 years now and have been satisfied with their performance and customer service. One of the big factors in moving forward is pump integration with a continuous glucose monitor. Based on conversations I’ve had and hours of reading online, the Dexcom CGMS system is definitely more appealing than Medtronic’s offerings. This may change as well since Medtronic has a new sensor that addresses a lot of the complaints about device size and needle comfort. This new sensor has already been approved in Europe but has not been approved by the FDA in the United States. On the same token Dexcom and Animas had a new pump awaiting approval that integrates the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor sensors with the Animas Vibe insulin pump. Both these options sound great since I prefer to carry as few devices as necessary. We’ll see which comes out first but I plan on pursuing a Dexcom G4 glucose monitor in the meantime.

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The Dexcom G4 is FDA approved! Hooray!

I will keep you posted on my updates in the realm of glucose monitoring and insulin pumps and how they pertain to my running and hiking. I have the feeling the Dexcom G4 will make the huge difference in my diabetes management. I would love to hear about how you approach exercising with diabetes… leave me a comment!

Type 3 Diabetes

Type 3 Diabetes:

I always welcome questions about diabetes from friends, family and well… strangers. I had been asked a few times about Type 3 diabetes from various people and to be honest, I did not know anything about it. I did a bit of research online to update myself on the existence of type 3 diabetes. In this article I outline the diabetes symptoms specific to Type 3 as well as provide background information on the condition.

Type 3 diabetes is occasionally presumed to be gestational diabetes – which is affects women during pregnancy. When I first heard of it I thought, “Ah, gestational diabetes must now have its own number” – I was wrong. Another misconception is when Type 3 is confused with Type 1 diabetics who develop insulin resistance over time. There is a not a whole lot of information available about Type 3 diabetes, so getting these misconceptions out of the way is essential.

A recent article produced by the Rhode Island Hospital suggests that Alzheimer’s, which is a prevalent type of dementia, is actually a form of diabetes. This is referred to as Type 3 diabetes. The article states that Alzheimer’s is marked by ‘brain insulin resistance’ and related inflammation. I personally had no idea Alzheimer’s had anything to do with insulin resistance.

The symptoms of Type 3 diabetes have not been studied in depth as this is a fairly recent phenomenon. It is stated that the condition is more prevalent in women than men with body weight playing a big role in its development.

Symptoms of Type 3 diabetes:

  1. Correlation between increased heart rate and blood glucose level spikes. Unfortunately, this symptom is not blatantly obvious. The link was detected when researchers tested patients, and their subsequent blood sugar rise, on a treadmill against low strain outdoor walking.
  2.  Cravings for carbs and sugar is another potential sign. This may be a sign for many different conditions so it is important to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
  3. Alzheimer’s symptoms are also consistent in type 3 diabetes. Memory loss and confusion are key signs. This can only be truly diagnosed with an MRI from your doctor.


Diabetes Symptoms

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As a type I diabetic I often get questions about diabetes symptoms from both strangers and close friends alike. In most of these cases I am not sure that the person asking this question is curious about what symptoms I felt before I was actually diagnosed with juvenile diabetes or whether they are referring to what I feel when I have a high or low blood sugar. Usually when I asked specifically what they are curious about it is a pretty even split – so in this article I plan to cover it all. I will outline my diabetes symptoms at age 12 when I was first diagnosed, which I remember vividly, as well as my symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Hopefully with the latter I will be able to give you some personal insight into detecting your own blood sugar variations as there are few tips and insights I’ve picked up over the years in that regard.

Diabetes Symptoms – Getting Diagnosed with Type 1

For quite a while I thought the circumstances leading to my diagnosis with juvenile diabetes were quite unique. I was a fairly typical fifth-grader at the time. I was very active in sports, did well in school, always ate my fruit and vegetables and was overall very healthy mentally and physically. My symptoms began In the middle of the school year. I remember vividly waking up thirsty and immediately having. It seemed as though nothing could quench my thirst I would treat lots of water breakfast, any chance I could school, at lunch and generally whenever possible. Along with this either would have to urinate very for you throughout the day. Over a few days it became very noticeable to my elementary school teachers and classmates that I would have to ask to leave the room to the bathroom probably three or four times a day on top of the regular bathroom breaks. I wasn’t the class clown or pastor so my teachers always let me go but I knew they thought something was suspicious or is up to something.

I was going frequently enough where they would say “but you just went a moment ago.”

These were my earliest memorable diabetes symptoms.

Being the eternal optimist that I am, even in elementary school, I thought the symptoms of those feeling what past couple of days like most illnesses you get. The problem was the intensity of my thirst, my inability to focus and frequency of have to excuse myself the restroom just kept growing and growing. I think I put up with it a few days before time my mom that I wasn’t feeling well. Not knowing what to do she had me wait another day or so it seemed to pass and he just got the point where I felt rotten. On top of the previous list symptoms I was tired all the time. Not necessarily needing to fall asleep all the time, but I was worn out sick and just plain tired.

After this we scheduled an appointment to see a primary care doctor. I remember if this was one or two days after the end of the symptoms around for roughly 5 to 7 days, about a week, before I actually went to the doctor. At the doctor’s office I remember two female nurses asking me what my symptoms were if I had been eating sugary foods, which I had – Captain Crunch was my serial of choice at the time, and the usual medical history questions. They did some lab work and had me wait for the results which took over an hour. They got the lab work back and noticed the extreme leave a blood glucose level and my mom that there was an issue and I needed to go to the emergency room immediately and that they thought I had diabetes. Remember trying to tell the nurses that I had a big bowl of cereal for breakfast which would explain why my blood sugar was high. It turns out my blood sugar level was 917 – but that made no sense to the time. It could have been normal for all I knew. There was no history of diabetes in my extended family and none of my friends were diabetic. When I was diagnosed I had no clue what diabetes was and I honestly thought I did not have long to live – which oddly enough to not scare me.

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I ended up in the hospital for three days and left with a condensed education on how to survive in my brave new world. (Basically I had no clue what I was doing – more on that in future posts)

This long coming-out story about my diabetes symptoms leading to my diagnosis can be summarized in the following bullet points

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent Need to Urinate
  • Tired/Worn Out/Sleepy
  • Lack of Focus and Concentration

As the slight disclaimer I must say that these are my personal symptoms and experiences and may not be the only symptoms to look out for. It is always important to visit your doctor if you are at risk or think you may have diabetes as they will be able to do specific diagnosis tests.

Hypoglycemia – Low Blood Sugar Diabetes Symptoms

It is very important to get to know your body’s symptoms of hypoglycemia. For me low blood sugar symptoms come in a few different forms, some of which may be difficult to pick up depending on the circumstances. Diabetes symptoms are noticeable in different ways to different people so learn as much as possible about detecting lows.

The very first sign of me having a low blood sugar is a somewhat strange under the skin feeling. I presume this is when my body is producing an excess of adrenaline but not to the point where it makes me feel hyper or my heart starts beating faster. It’s a very subtle feeling almost as though you are aware of a part of your body that you normally do not notice. I generally get the sensation in my lower arms and the top side of my wrist. The feeling is so subtle that if you experience it for the first time he probably would not attribute it to anything unusual. If you have been diagnosed recently my finds us to test your blood sugar every time you feel strange, odd or different than normal. At first you may be checking your blood sugar a lot more than your doctor recommends but it is vital for you to figure out what symptoms and feelings are related to diabetes be in separate them from feelings of hunger or post-workout fatigue or any number of other things.

The next level of low blood sugar symptoms I find myself reacting to our cold sweats and an elevated heart rate. Unfortunately the symptoms of hypoglycemia bend in perfectly with exercise when many times you are at higher risk of hypoglycemia. I occasionally miss the symptoms at the stage after a long run because I attribute my fatigue, elevated heart rate and sweating to my exercise only and do not think my diabetes is a factor. Because I have been exercising more vigorously as of late I do plan on adding a continuous glucose meter to my diabetes management as it will alert me to these rare but unexpected lows.

At this point most people would be well aware of their low blood sugar. You can see it in the form of perspiration; you have a full body sensation (shaky/odd feeling) and are usually a bit faint or pale. Many times at this level people around you will also be able to detect that something is not right.

Beyond this you are nearing serious consequences with your low blood sugar. I fortunately have not had an extremely low blood sugar other than once quite a few years ago. What happened was while sleeping with my insulin pump on I somehow managed to roll on it in just the right sequence to give myself a polis of 20 units of Humalog. I woke up in an extreme cold sweat. I was very fatigued and tired and felt as though my whole bed was drenched for my sweat which meant that for a while. I went downstairs quickly as possible, went straight to the bridge and drink quite a bit of orange juice. I remember sitting in the kitchen the dark for quite a while just we for the cold sweats to stop for my body to begin to feel normal again. This is definitely not a very definitive description of the symptoms at this point but you get this low you know something is wrong and begin to feel helpless because the symptoms are so strong.

I definitely have a lot more to say about diabetes symptoms and detecting them as quickly as possible. Check out the other posts on my blog for more insight.

Welcome to My Diabetes Symptoms

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Hello, my name is Mark and I would like to welcome you to my new blog – my diabetes symptoms. The goal of this blog will be to educate and share information about diabetes, particularly type-1/juvenile diabetes. My goal for this website is to make it an indispensable resource for those recently diagnosed and their families to learn about life with diabetes, how to manage your health, detecting symptoms of high and low blood sugar as well as other experiences, tips and tricks I have learned with my many years of diabetic experience. There are a few that will surprise you and hopefully help you in the long run.

Diabetes Experience:

Over the past 15 years I have had experience with a wide range of doctors – and I will tell you they are not all equal. In a future post will outline which characteristics I feel makes a good endocrinologist to help you with your diabetes. I have had a series of insulin pumps and in the process of getting my first continuous glucose monitor. This blog will be as much about the dealings of my daily life with diabetes as it will be a source of information for all those who are interested. I welcome you again to my diabetes symptoms and will update you soon with more information.

Life with Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms