There are an estimated 30.3 million Americans living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2017. And yet, the average person knows very little about the realities of life with this chronic condition—which is not easy (or cheap) to manage, by any means.
Diabetes requires constant attention and effort, including waking you up in the middle of the night begging for more glucose or insulin. "My disease requires a lot of attention—how I eat, how I feel, making sure that I always have emergency sugar just in case," explains Anne Tetenman, a mom of two who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the early 1990s at just 26.
Instead of making assumptions about a disease that plagues nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population, read up on the realities of what it's like living with diabetes, according to those who have it and the doctors who treat it.