Having diabetes, it’s not unusual to come in contact with someone who is misinformed about this disease. I, for one, did not know anything about type 1 diabetes prior to being diagnosed. I try to keep this in mind when I hear ignorant comments that may be well intentioned.
While someone may just be unaware, some comments can even come off as rude or insensitive. A lot of the misinformation about diabetes comes from the media. It’s hard to tackle the misconceptions out there but I do my best to educate those around me.
I have to admit, there’s days where I’m just frustrated with diabetes that an ignorant comment is the last thing I want to hear. It’s those times where I feel blessed to have a community that understands.
Here is 10 Things NOT to Say to Someone With Diabetes:
1. Should you be eating that?
(I’m just going to continue eating because I either bolused already or I’m low).
2. You don’t look diabetic
3. It could always be worse
4. If you diet and exercise it will go away
Sorry, but diet and exercise won’t fix my broken pancreas.
5. Did you eat too much sugar as a kid?
(I’m just going to pretend like you didn’t just ask that).
6. My grandma has diabetes and lost her leg
Thanks, that’s exactly what I needed to hear.
7. How do you inject yourself? I could never do that..
It’s simple.. it’s either life or death.
8. I heard cinnamon can cure diabetes
Really?! If that were true then I wouldn’t have diabetes right now.
9. Do you have the bad kind?
How is there a good kind?
10. Shouldn’t you have this disease all figured out?
What other comments do you hear a lot? Post below.