“Brittle diabetes mellitus (or labile diabetes) is a term used to describe particularly hard to control type 1 diabetes…
Brittle diabetes presents as type 1 diabetes that is very difficult to control. People with brittle type 1 diabetes may experience the following symptoms:
-Unpredictable, sharp changes in blood glucose levels without an obvious cause
-Frequent episodes of very high and very low blood sugar
-Greater likelihood and frequency of experiencing ketoacidosis and/or severe hypoglycemia…
Brittle diabetes is relatively rare. Research suggests it is more common in females than males and tends to occur in young adulthood…
Brittle diabetes has a number of potential causes. Psychological issues  and inconsistent digestion as a result of nerve damage  account for most cases.
Brittle diabetes is often associated with stress, depression and other psychological issues. Stress can lead to acute and temporary insulin resistance.
Additionally, other psychological issues may add further complications to the management of type 1 diabetes.”
I’ve been told I was “incredibly brittle” since I can remember. First it scared me, but then it ticked me off. If autonomic neuropathy weren’t what was behind my brittle diabetes (which it wasn’t), my emotional instability most likely was. I couldn’t help feel that this was pretty sexist as most of that definition seems to be geared toward young, emotional (and irrational!) females who can’t get a grip. (When I used to be young), I took great offense.
Fast forward some years, and I feel like I CAN make my numbers normal, but not without ever taking a break or ever looking away. I can control things as long as I’m able to give it all of my time and attention. Could this really be brittle? Or is that term nothing more than a way for us to explain away undesirable blood sugar?
It’s friday night. I hope no one’s around to read this.