“I have Diabetes”
Utter these three words and you will invite lots of reactions from people around you – Friends, acquaintances and even close family members:
“Do you have type 2 or the other kind? Do you have to take insulin injections?”
“You should lose the weight; sure it’ll go away.”
“So does that mean you can’t eat Kheer?”
“It’s just about taking a special diet – Diabetes isn’t that complicated right?”
“You brought this on yourself.”
“C’mon, you can’t have diabetes, you’re not fat.”
And the best of all… “But you don’t look sick.”
Living with Diabetes can be extremely difficult. The immense stress from constant blood-glucose monitoring, injections and tablets to be taken every day, carb counting can be very taxing. Add to it numerous decisions that one has to take every day and thinking constantly about the dreadful complications of Diabetes, can just worsen the situation.
Reputed Endocrinologist and Diabetes Specialist from Advanced Diabetes Centre, Surat, Dr. Piyush Desai, suggests to take these reactions head-on, “Let them know, Educate them on what it’s really like to live with a disease every single day, make them understand the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, or even tell them the fact that losing weight won’t cure you. It pays to be honest, there’s nothing to hide or feel low about.” Dr. Piyush makes a very important point when he says, “But you can emerge as a true winner only if you yourself know about Diabetes and it’s complications.”
Pass these simple Do’s and Don’ts to a friend, an acquaintance or loved one around you (who doesn’t have diabetes)
Dr. Piyush says, “People can manage their diabetes well if they get the much needed support and care from those around them.”
We are eager to know your story. Tell us how did you approach an insensitive comment. What will you add to this list of Do’s and Don’ts?
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