Mad Diabetes Cocktail Party Skills

50s-cocktail-partyThe other night, I read a Facebook post from one of my D-girlfriends who is expecting her first baby in a few weeks. She commented that her baby could already do something better than her: produce insulin. I commented back that technically she was likely also producing insulin, since it’s been discovered that pregnant women have an increase in insulin production. No one know how to keep it going, but it’s been documented.

A little while later, I was thinking about how I knew this little factoid (I learned it from Gary Scheiner’s presentation at DiabetesSisters in 2011 — not only do I accumulate random info, I also never forget it). It occurred to me that I have accumulated a lot of random diabetes trivia over the years, both from having the disease and spending almost 15 years writing about it

(Yes, I really have been writing about diabetes for half my life — I was a very weird teenager).

And so I posted my own message: “Sometimes I think about all I’ve learned about diabetes over the last 20 years and I think, “Too much. It’s too much. Why can’t I fill my head with useless celeb trivia like normal people?! Why do I have to know things like beta cell regeneration during pregnancy and postprandial amylin secretion? WHY ARE THESE THINGS IN MY HEAD?!”

I mean, seriously, I get US Weekly every week because somehow I got signed up for a subscription and I know maybe half the people that they feature. I’m totally clueless when it comes to most news and pop culture, but want to know about beta cell encapsulation or the normal blood glucose of a mouse? I’m your girl.

My friend wrote back and she said that at least I would be all set a diabetes cocktail party!

It made me think about how many of us have learned seemingly random pieces of information over the years about diabetes. I thought it would be fun to share some of our collective not-so-useless diabetes trivia.

If we were at a cocktail party talking about diabetes, what’s something interesting you’ve learned about diabetes? Even if you think it’s something everybody already knows, share it anyway! 

6 thoughts on “Mad Diabetes Cocktail Party Skills

  1. Oddly enough, even though I’ve lived with this disease for eight years now, I didn’t know much about Frederick Banting. I discovered all sorts of articles about his work once I was pointed in the right direction. :)

  2. I think the honeymoon period is fascinating (partly because mine was very long, 2-3 years depending on the cutoff). I’ve found that people who aren’t in the D-loop are interested in it and quite amused at its name (especially med students).

  3. Actually, I have a diabetes confession: For the longest time, I didn’t know what insulin on board meant. I didn’t get it, and no one ever explained it to me. So if there’s one thing I’m glad I picked up from the DOC, that’s it.

  4. Two things that I think I’ve mentioned and have sparked discussion are: How Charlie Kimball attaches a CGM to his dashboard and has a special helmet to get juice if needed; and how researchers aren’t supposed to name the D-research mice to avoid attachments (but some do, anyhow). Totally random, aside from all of the more “serious” stuff that comes up. :)

  5. I learned that people with T1d who take good care of themselves have longer life expectancies and are healthier than plain people. I mean I *think* I learned this (I think it was from psychoanalyst Dr. Jill at a conference) and rapidly absorbed it as a fact.

    Meanwhile I do not know one Kardashian from another.

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