Type 1 Playlist: 80’s Edition

Type 1 Diabetes is hard to live with, but looking at the bright side of things is always a great way to overcome struggles and using music is a must to my belief. If you are not familiar with Type 1 Diabetes, you can read info about it here, here, and here. I live with this disease since almost 4 years ago, my Diaversary is February 2nd, that means the day I was diagnosed.

Since that day, life has never been the same. Trite to say, I know, but also true. It has taken a toll on everything and on everyone in my life. My family worries about me every day, even the little ones, because of its unpredictability. Being the positive person I am, I try to find inspiration and positivism any way I can. I love to listen to music and always trying to find a link with T1D, especially those songs that mentioned the words: high, sweet, and sugar.

So, here is the Playlist I made – 80’s Edition. The songs included in this list are dedicated to some aspect of dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. Hope you enjoy it!

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The Playlist

You can find this Playlist on Youtube, subscribers are welcome! I tried to find the original videos of the songs, however, not all were available so I used the best option at hand.

Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Lepard

Could it be more obvious? When those pesky lows come around, pour some sugar on me! And yes, I’m sweet from my head to my feet. You might end up saving a life, by giving sugar to a diabetic when his/her blood sugar is low. Contrary to the popular belief, diabetics need sweets when their blood glucose is dropping. By the way, we are the sweetest people around… we are keepers!

I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow

“I know a girl who’s tough but sweet
She’s so fine, she can’t be beat
She’s got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire…”

Describing us Type 1 women, because yes we are tough, we have to be, and also we are sweet, no one can deny that. Plus, we want candy!  :)

She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby

“She blinded me with science
And failed me in biology, yeh yeh

I can smell the chemicals
Blinding me with science, science”

To be able to have good management of our blood glucose, we have to excel in Math. Calculate how many carbs are in the meal we are about to eat, considered the last time we “shot” ourselves, what’s our sugar level at the moment and given our ration of insulin per carb, how many units of insulin we need before we start eating. A mouthful, don’t you think? Keep in mind we do this procedure every time we eat!

And if you have ever been around a Type 1, you have smelled the ‘slin! Insulin has a particular odor.

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

“In every life, we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy.”

This song embodies the way we should look at troubles. For those days when the ‘beetus is not cooperating, don’t worry, be happy. This too shall pass. Keep strong my fellow Type 1, remember you are not alone!

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!

“You put the boom boom into my heart,
You send my soul sky high when your lovin’ starts.
Jitterbug into my brain,
Goes bang bang bang till my feet do the same.”

Describes perfectly what a “high” feels. High blood glucose makes your heart beat faster and messes with your brain as an added bonus, go figure. And well, exercise helps regulate blood glucose… hence the feet moving. In fact, this is a song dedicated to insulin:

“I don’t want to miss it when you hit that high…

You get the gray skies outta my way,
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day.
Turn a mere spark into a flame,
My beats per minute never been the same.”

Without insulin, we would not be here. I would not be here making you laugh with my dorkiness. Insulin is life support for us.

Whip It by Devo

‘Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It’s not too late
To whip it
Whip it good”

This one is for exercise, because tell me if you don’t see yourself jumping around to the beats to this song? We need to whip diabetes into shape, come on people! He he.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics

“Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.”

We are looking for a cure! We need a cure! A sweet dream now that, hopefully, one day will come true. Plus Annie Lennox.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

“I have climbed the highest mountains, I have run through the fields
Only to be with you, Only to be with you

I have run I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls
These city walls, Only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”

Dedicated to insulin and a cure. Insulin is one of the most expensive liquids in the world. Any insulin dependent person goes to a great extent to afford insulin. I have approximately 10k in a bag of empty insulin bottles, from one year alone! I could have pay for a private school for my son or a well deserved super posh vacation. And that is just insulin, we need to add all of the other supplies, syringes, meter, lancets, test strips, continuous glucose monitor, and insulin pump supplies, among others. Not to mention, doctor visits, blood tests and any other tests related to diabetes, because they check us from head to toe, inside and outside. Exhausting, don’t you think? A cure will be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, we haven’t found it, yet.

Another One Bites the Dust by Queen

“Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
Out of the doorway, the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat.
Another one bites the dust.”

This one is for the diagnosis. No one could have prepared us or the parents to what was coming. Furthermore, every day more kids, teenagers, and adults are being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. If you ask me one word to describe us and the parents and family in general of Type 1, it would be Resilient.

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

“She’s got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I’d hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by”

To the person before the diagnosis. To the parents of that kid or teenager that are being diagnosed as you read these words. They look back to see the innocence that was taken from their childhood/precious children.

Hungry like the Wolf by Duran Duran

“In touch with the ground
I’m on the hunt down I’m after you
Smell like I sound I’m lost in a crowd
And I’m hungry like the wolf”

When we are “low” or our blood glucose is dropping, we hunt for our food. Experiencing a low is a horrible feeling. You literally feel like you move in slow motion and your brain gets disconnected from your body. Hence the wolf part, you act by instinct like an animal. Not to mention we could eat the whole kitchen in our way to prevent death.

Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

“Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Livin’ on a prayer”

Living on a prayer, to make it to our next birthday, to the next month and be able to pay for our supplies, to not be judged because we have diabetes. People who do not know the reality of living with diabetes will be the first to jump and criticize, what we did wrong, what the parents did wrong. There are a lot of successful Type 1’s who thrive in their management, however, there are a lot of others who don’t. Whatever the case, both need support.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

“Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive.”

For us! Because we are fighters, we don’t give up, we are resilient. Just imagine ourselves running up the “Rocky Steps” in Philadelphia. We will conquer this disease.

 Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

“We’ve known each other for so long
Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on
We know the game and we’re gonna play it
And if you ask me how I’m feeling
Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see”

To our good pal, the meter. A love and hate relationship. Some do not check as often as they should, some do. In the end, is a personal relationship, for whatever reason you do or don’t. One thing is for sure, the meter will never going to tell a lie or hurt you. :)

Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx

“I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end, if I’m with you
I’ll take the chance.”

To our support system, they are always here us while we wait for a cure. All I can say is “Thank You!”

And yes, a romantic song to finish the playlist.

Final Words

Thank you for reading and staying with me this far. I hope you have learned a little bit more of Type 1 Diabetes and enjoyed my Playlist! Share with your Type 1 friend, spread the word, share the love!


Type 1 diabetes Playlist


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  1. I first saw your playlist in your FB page yesterday and it got me thinking:). It has several of my favorite songs. What a great decade of music. My 6 year old is asking to listen to more Queen lately so i get to hear it more often:))))

  2. My husband was involved in JDRF for a number of years, and though we don’t have a connection to Type1, we did learn a lot about it from the parents involved. It’s a difficult diagnosis, but it seems like there’s an amazing drive and determination to find a cure. Your playlist and post is a great way to highlight how you’re keeping yourself positive in finding a cure! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I love this play list, I am so an 80’s baby! Diabetes can be a life changer, it runs in my family. My Uncle and mom both had it and did not make the changes they needed to and lost the battle. I love your positive attitude and you are an inspiration to all who are dealing with this disease.

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