Examples of Illness-Specific Risk-Taking Behaviors in Type 1 Diabetes

  • Taking more insulin than needed to bring down a stubborn high blood glucose level

  • Eating without first checking blood glucose or taking insulin

  • Manipulating insulin to see what a low blood glucose level feels like

  • Lying to parents about checking blood glucose or taking insulin

  • Refraining from checking blood glucose to stay in a soccer game

  • Omitting checking blood glucose before or after intercourse to avoid interrupting the moment

  • Deciding not to check blood glucose when at a friend’s house

  • Taking an insulin pump off to go out for the night with no plan of using shots in the meantime

  • Avoiding rotating insulin pump insertion sites because of pain