Ten Things I Hate About Diabetes

Logo for 2nd Annual Diabetes Blog WeekToday’s Assignment: Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes – Thursday 5/12: Having a positive attitude is important . . . but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter).  So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate.  Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!


  1. Interruptions – I hate when I have to stop what I’m doing to deal with a diabetes related issue.
  2. Messing up plans – Life is busy.  When I have a day where I can go play basketball, only to have my bloodsugar not cooperate, it really frustrates me.
  3. Lost time – Sometimes I feel so dang tired that I can’t do anything.  There is also the time lost waiting for low blood sugars to come up, or high blood sugars to come down.
  4. Cost – Living well with diabetes is expensive.
  5. Unpredictability – Even when I do things exactly the same from day to day, diabetes doesn’t respond the same from day to day.
  6. Seeing people I care about hurting, physically and/or mentally
  7. Having to be so damn prepared for everything – my mind is always calculating “what if” scenarios.  Always.
  8. Food – diabetes has made food become something different than just food.
  9. Counting, figuring, factoring – I can’t remember three digit numbers (like a parking space) because my head is overflowing with random diabetes related numbers.
  10. Stuff that hurts – pokes, blood, stuff sticking into me, wires and cables hanging off me.  So unnatural.

On one hand, it was hard to come up with ten items.  But on the other hand, I feel like I could go on forever listing things I don’t like about diabetes.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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