What not to ask a Diabetic
Before being diagnosed with T1D, I had no clue what a beta cell was, where my pancreas was or how it even worked. Not to mention that I could be diagnosed at my age. But here we are and I decided to force myself to investigate diabetes and find out as much as I could so that I could get ahead of this thing.
Unless you have diabetes or know someone that has diabetes, you don’t know what it is about.
Not every diabetic is the same and for this reason there are issues that should be addressed gently and it should always be done subtlety. Those of us who have a health condition can be susceptible, some of us are more annoyed by some things than others, others are more relaxed and are not affected by certain comments.
I don’t get annoyed with questions because I like to talk about diabetes and I feel that making people aware about diabetes help everyone in the long run. But people should think a bit before asking some of the questions and realize that it can affect those who are asked. I know the questions are not asked with bad intentions but rather because people are ill informed.
You are too young to have diabetes, did you eat lots of sweets as a kid?
You cannot get diabetes from eating too many chocolates! Instead ask – How did you get diagnosed with diabetes?
How can you live with diabetes? I don’t think I could do it!
If you must choose between living a full life or dying of complications, you don’t give it a second thought. We are much stronger than we believe ourselves to be. You do what you need to to survive.
Must you test your blood sugar everyday?
Umm, yes! In the morning, before and after every meal, at night – I could go on. If your life depends on pricking your finger, you suck it up and do it.
Can you eat that?
I can eat whatever I like provided that I medicate myself before putting it into my mouth. Any person with diabetes should be able to eat what they decide according to their treatment and their personal diabetes education.
Do you have the bad type of diabetes?
There is no good or bad type of diabetes. People get scared when diabetes comes up, and think there is a good type. Each diabetic requires the appropriate treatment and diabetes education. Type 1 is insulin dependent and this means I need to give myself insulin every day to live.
Does it hurt when you inject all the time?
This differs from person to person and not everything hurts.
Are you going blind because of the insulin?
Really! Insulin does not make you blind. Poorly looked after blood sugars resulting in constant high blood sugar leads to blindness. This is an irresponsible question.
Insulin is not the bad guy.
Have you tried the eating a lot of cinnamon?
Oh please! There is no real proof that this helps a Type 1 Diabetic.
The best thing to do is try and educate yourself especially if you have a family member or friend with Diabetes.
Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what questions you have been asked.