We should have known, I mean the guy says “diabetes” like Wilford Brimley

bret-mainWow. The diabetes ‘net has been buzzing today from a recent magazine interview with Type 1 diabetic Brett Michaels. Apparently, the guy lets his numbers run high before getting frisky:

“Brett Michaels:  The only time it [diabetes] will ever affect you in bed is if you have extremely low blood sugar and you go into insulin shock, at which point you won’t be standing up, let alone performing sex. However, I will sometimes hold off on the insulin, which will jack my blood sugar level up to the low 200 range. It’s like how a prizefighter will want to go into the ring with his blood sugar levels high. It gives you the stamina of a bull. So, yes, sometimes I will endanger my own life to pleasure a woman.”

Ok Brett. First of all, I hope you were totally misquoted. I hope this was taken out of context and that you did not say something as asinine as what I am reading here. Because I like you. Even though you say “dia-bee-tus” and even though you wear those odd bandanas over your thinning hair, I still like you. You’ve been a rock star living well with diabetes for years and also a public role model, which we appreciate. But this? This just set everyone with diabetes back about 20 paces. (And just when Judge Sotomayor was getting us going!)

Let me be clear – I have no problem with you letting your numbers creep up before getting down – you’re trying to prevent a low, which we all know is super un-sexy. But to promulgate the idea that running a high blood sugar will give you more “stamina” is flat out wrong – not to mention dangerous! Making a comparison to a “prizefighter” doesn’t even make sense, unless somehow you have been getting awarded belts after your sexual escapades, in which case I need to know what I’m doing wrong.

Letting your numbers go up a bit before sex is perfectly fine if it gives you some mental comfort and security that your encounter won’t be interrupted by a low. But to say that it will enhance your performance is incorrect, misleading, dangerous, and all around foolish. Many people with diabetes struggle with the fact that diabetes never takes a break, even during intimate moments. Many of us have had it on our mind in the bedroom. You might be thinking about where your blood sugar is, or what your partner thinks of your insulin pump, but the bottom line is, you have to protect your own health. Any partner worth knocking the boots with will understand that. Knowing that you are your own diabetes advocate, in or out of the bedroom, is what will really let you be comfortable with your diabetes.

On the bright side Brett, you may have just trumped Halle Berry for “Most Mis-Informed Statement about Diabetes said by a Person with Diabetes.” Trophy is in the mail.

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