In my dream, everyone had type 1 diabetes...except it wasn't called type 1 diabetes, because no one produced insulin. Yup. Type 1 simply didn't exist.
I don't really remember anything else from that dream, but it definitely got me thinking.
What would the world be like if no one's pancreas produced insulin?
During pregnancy, deciding to use a pump or shots would be like deciding to breastfeed, immunize, or use cloth diapers.
Dental and vision care would be as important as health care, and no one would be denied access to insurance.
There would be drink fountains everywhere...side by side -- a water fountain and a juice fountain.
On restaurant tables, you'd find a sharps container next to the salt and pepper shakers.
You know those "call boxes" found on the sides of desolate highways? There would be glucagon boxes attached to them.
Test strips would be inexpensive and thrown in the cart with the paper towels and toilet paper...plus they'd go on sale.
Every food item on every shelf everywhere would be labeled with a carb count.
Scales to measure portion sizes would be built into counter tops.
Schools would teach Diabetes Management alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic. There would be group testing times scheduled into the day.
Movie theaters would serve up perfectly measured scoops of popcorn, and you'd buy according to the number of carbs you wanted, instead of the size of bag.
A diet rich in fruits and veggies and limited sweets wouldn't be considered a "diabetic diet".
Gym equipment would have some sort of glucose reading device attached to them. Much like the heart rate monitors that exist now.
How else would that world look?