Shocking Statements About Diabetes

Illustration courtesy of Andrew Dupuis.

In grade 9 gym class, my physical education instructor was teaching a lesson on pregnancy. It was the kind of lesson where every student is on edge listening carefully to this all-new and exciting information. But I wasn’t expecting to hear anything like this:

"Your health has an effect on a new-born baby.” Said the instructor, looking stern. “For example, diabetes. If you have diabetes and you have a baby, the baby will have a football head."

What? As some of the kids snickered thinking of little babies running around with footballs for heads, I was left slinking down in my chair. How did she know for sure this was the case? Was this really true? Did she know one of these elusive football-headed kids?

Most people who have T1D, or who is a caregiver or family member of one, has heard their fair share of surprising, and often absurd, statements related to diabetes. What's the most shocking statement about T1D you've heard?

Comment below and tell us.

Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.

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