Contrary to what I had thought, there is something real on MTV... The show "True Life" just highlighted 3 young people struggling to manage Diabetes and all the fun that goes along with it.
Do you think it is a good portrayal of the day-to-day life managing diabetes?
I think at that age, it's pretty common to have a goal range like that (when I was that age, anything between 70 and 180 was considered good). My endo didn't tighten up my goal to be within 90 to 140 until I was in my mid- to late-20s.
I think it's a couple of things. First, they don't want teens/young adults to get discouraged. Between 18 and 24, your body is still "finishing up" with puberty and those puberty hormones wreak havoc on control. Second, lows can compromise brain development (this is why really young T1 kids generally aim for ranges between 100 and 200), and your brain is actually still developing at that age. Tighter control generally means more lows. When you're younger, your body can better tolerate the highs, but the lows can be far more dangerous. In addition, I think there's a bigger focus now on avoiding hypo-unawarenesss among T1s.
Well, it's sort of common because that's what doctors tell people and they don't think about it as a game to win (like the video games party dude undoubtedly had on the post-hookah addenda...heh heh heh...) but just go along to follow the plan. I agree it's dangerous and all that and had quite a few hair raising incidents (generally the day *AFTER* the big party, rather than during...). I thought it definitely looked like the guy w/ the beard looked like he was gonna say "WTF kind of goal like that" but didn't want to get too involved in the TV show, besides the chance to get stoned on MTV?
Number of problems each kid faced: 900 (I'll guess 2 months of tests, 15/day? Even if you don't test, the problems are still there...)
Number of solutions proposed by doctors: 1, doc put pregnant lady on insulin. I don't count "only have one or two drinks" from party boy's doc. I drank a lot more than that for ***years*** and managed my BG. I didn't bother leaving the bottle passing around to go test my BG though.
Number of clueless family members and friends: quite a few. hardworking womans's mom seemed really disengaged from tactically managing diabetes which the girl seemed to be doing ok with? Sure I could quibble but she said her A1C got better so I'll give her that. Party boy's friends were intrigued, as if perhaps if they share the Johnny Walker, party boy will share some insulin so they can have a new drug? Pregnant woman seemed to have people around but dad looked like Sam the American Eagle during the delivery and didn't seem too engaged with her process. And, of course, she was misdiagnosed entirely by the docs, subjecting her to a difficult delivery.
I watched it today. Do I think they portrayed it right... No. I have been a type 1 now over half of my life. I partied in college and almost died. I am now back in school as a 30 year old. I know that its really hard to show in 3 people how hard it is but I would hope that maybe they would show some facts to back up what they showed. All of the were on pumps but the pregnant one. I am sorry but I did this for over 10 years before anyone said anything about a pump to me. I just wish someone would make a show that portrays diabetes and how it really is.