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Rachel


Do you know what it is like to have your finger picked 6 to 7 times a day? Well I do! I have type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when your pancreas doesn’t make insulin anymore. It is an autoimmune disease.


We need insulin so our bodies can turn the food we eat into energy, so that we can do things like running around. Every time I eat I need to have insulin. I need to have my finger pricked to see what my blood sugar is. If it is too high I need more insulin in my body. If it is too low I need to eat something with sugar in it.


If my sugar levels are high, it makes me feel thirsty. If my sugar levels are low I feel sort of dizzy and low. Being too high or too low can be dangerous for me now and when I am older.


Insulin can’t be made into tablets or medicine; it has to be put through the skin. Some people need insulin injections, but I have an insulin pump that puts insulin straight into my body.


Sometimes it is hard to have diabetes because I have to have a needle every three days. It stays in my skin and is connected to my pump. It can be a pain when I have to have a new set on my birthday and I can’t just run off and play like other kids.


You can’t catch diabetes from anyone else.


Some scientists are working hard to find a cure for diabetes. Please help Dr Faustman help everyone with diabetes.


There is another sort of diabetes called type 2 diabetes, but I wanted to tell you about type 1.


Thank you for listening I hope you have learned something.