Bones, The Big Bang Theory, and now Scorpion are Wrong! Good TV Shows and Diabetes Facts!!

I like to say that I watch “intelligent” comedy/drama on TV. I do occasionally watch a NOVA (Thank you Mrs. Schofield and Biology I for the extra credit years ago!), Discovery channel, or National Geographic. I prefer comedies or dramas that I “thought” took a little intelligence to appreciate. I am thinking of The Big Bang Theory, Bones, and now Scorpion. All three of these shows have made inaccurate references to diabetes! Tonight was no exception!
I remember seeing posts on FB about the Bones episode. My daughter and I have recently become Bones fanatics and I didn’t mind it when Bones made a comment, “Are you trying to make me diabetic?” in an episode concerning how much she was eating. I didn’t get upset. I was glad that TV was at least mentioning our cause. I know very well that eating sugar does not give you diabetes. It is hard to differentiate that to the rest of the public concerning individuals that choose to live unhealthy lifestyles and therefore eat mostly carbohydrates and poor sources of nutrition. This can wear down the pancreas, but eating sugar is not the cause. It is the entire lifestyle. I still could appreciate the fact that attention was being given to diabetes in general. The Big Bang Theory has made two references that I can recall. The first was similar to the Bones Episode. The second was the fist episode of this new season discussing diabetes, insulin pumps, and the overweight people using the insulin pumps! I guess it got my attention, but I still tried to forgive Hollywood because at least they were mentioning insulin pumps in the main stream. They were showing that we are part of the normal population and we are out and about living!
Tonight I came home from a class and couldn’t unwind to get to sleep. I turned on the DVR and decided to watch the latest episode of Scorpion. This is a show all about genius people comprising a team to help solve some difficult problems in our world. Sounds good right? However, the main genius just made a reference to the fact that Halloween leads to “Juvenile Diabetes”! For goodness sake, I know that most of the world is uneducated about the differences between T1 and T2, but seriously. I could even understand using the term “Juvenile Diabetes” which no longer is correct. Many people still believe that if you are young you can only get Type 1 and if you are old you get type 2. These lines of course, have all been crossed and the same old rules no longer apply. However, I think I am used to the the world misrepresenting the majority of the diabetes population, those living with T2. I was taken aback at the inaccuracy that eating Halloween candy could cause T1 diabetes. More than that, I was upset that it made reference to Juvenile. Any genius should know that “Juvenile” or T1 is caused by genetics and environmental triggers– not lifestyle habits!
I am torn between frustration of accurate facts and thankfulness for diabetes in general getting the much needed attention it deserves. We don’t have anyone wearing particular colors for us, teams fundraising for us, and we need to get the public educated about how devastating life with this disease is. I simply would also like some accurate facts! Come on Hollywood- if we can figure out the last detail on a star’s wedding dress, what one celebrity said to another, hire physicists to make sure that the equations in the background of every BBT episode are accurate– couldn’t someone help these people understand diabetes?!?!?!
Thank you.
The Diabetes Coach
Marianne Tetlow

One thought on “Bones, The Big Bang Theory, and now Scorpion are Wrong! Good TV Shows and Diabetes Facts!!

  1. I know the feeling. I was just watching the first episode of Blue Bloods and was excited to see them talking about a young girl with T1D. But after that, it went downhill. First they said she needed insulin every 24 hrs. I let that slide. She probably takes a basal every morning. But then the cop looking for the missing girl warned that she could go into “insulin shock”? 1. I’ve never heard anyone use that term 2. He meant hypoglycemia 3. Not taking her insulin would bring her BG up not down. Plus the stress of being kidnapped would do the same.

    So which is it? When’s she’s found, does she need a glucose shot or an insulin drip? C’mon CBS/Blue Bloods. Is it that hard to go on WebMD and do 5 mins of research?

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