My name is Alessandro, I’m 30 years old and I live in a mid-sized city in the middle Italy which is not that far from Rome. I have had Type 1 Diabetes for more than 2 decades since I got diagnosed back in 1994 when I was almost 9 years old.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Actually the list of weird questions concerning T1D myths I’ve been asked is endless: if I have to pick up just a couple of them, I would go for “is it contagious?” and “did you use to eat a lot of sugar when you were a child?”
I wish my answers had been formal enough to let you know about them! 🙂

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
The only thing I can think of at the moment is related to food once again: every once in a while someone happens to come out with the same old frustrating ban “You’re not allowed to eat that” without knowing anything about type 1 diabetes: of course in this case all we can do is prove them wrong by eating that, taking insulin so long as carbs are involved and educating them about our disease.

How do you inspire others?
I mainly try to inspire others by educating them, advocating and raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes! Actually I don’t really care about being depicted as a positive or negative role model because basically, in my opinion, subjectivity takes a backseat when it comes to managing diabetes. I prefer being focused on facts, evidence, objectivity and any other realistic aspect in order to help others understand what T1D is like! Moreover, I’m so proud to be part of the international DOC: needless to say I’m pretty involved in the Italian diabetic community too.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Just a couple of them: on one hand, the story of Eva Saxl, who was able to make her own insulin to survive during World War II, was very inspiring. On the other hand, seeing that way too many poor diabetic kids who can’t even have access to a live-saving hormone like insulin in third-world countries is so frustrating to say the least! That’s why we all should be committed to making the world a better place based on fairness and equality.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I wouldn’t even be able to fight a sitting duck! Lol

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