An Open Letter to Brett Michaels.
Dear Brett Michaels,
Really? Really? I'm going to hope that you were misquoted. I'm going to hope that maybe the reporter took your comments out of context and made you sound like an idiot, instead of you actually saying the following:
"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."
(source: Huffington Post)
You dumb shit. Brett, going low during sex is a pain. I know. I've had to stop for snacks, and I've had to stop entirely. I've had discomfort and the inability to perform due to high blood sugars, too. I've had sex while connected to my insulin pump, and I've also had to find ways to feel comfortable with sharing my diabetes with sexual partners.
But you, saying that you purposely run high "like how a prizefighter will go into the ring?" Gives you "the stamina of a bull," you say? You don't sound cool - you sound like a toolshed. I was under the impression that high blood sugars are among the main reasons for sexual complications for diabetic men. Are you hearing me, Mr. Michaels? If you run purposely high, your manhood runs the risk of malfunction. And stamina of a bull? Pffft.
High blood sugars aren't steroids. They're toxic and cause lethargy. They are dangerous for a diabetic. They make your breath smell like airplane glue, and telling a reporter that running high makes you shag like a rock star is a bit of a misleading statement. (Are sure you're rocking these women as passionately as you claim?)
Dude, you are in the public eye. You are among the very few celebrities who are living with type 1 diabetes. I'm not saying you have to be Johnny Advocate, but don't spread misinformation. Don't encourage some young guy to skip his injection in pursuit of being good in bed. You know as well as I do that good diabetes control is what leads to strength and stamina.
You know better.