In honor of World Diabetes Day and the notion of spreading diabetes awareness, we reached out to members of the diabetes online community (DOC) to find out what they think people – friends, family, strangers, the media, anyone in general – should be more aware of when it comes to diabetes.
Check out what they had to say below. And take part by sharing what you’d like people to know using the hashtag #spreaddiabetesawareness. Share it with your d-friends to keep it going!
“The notion that there is a ‘good’ kind of diabetes and a ‘bad’ kind of diabetes is a fallacy that hurts everyone with diabetes ” - Emily Coles
“Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured by losing weight. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating candy or sweets. Type 1 diabetics often look normal and healthy.” - Judie Hurtado
“Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating unhealthy. Type 1 diabetes does not limit you from doing what you love. Type 1 diabetes does not define you. It is just a part of you” - Summer Asman
“Diabetes is NOT a character flaw, so the media REALLY needs to stop treating it like one. Living with diabetes is 24/7 with no time off for good behavior - and it's hard.” - Kelly Kunik
“Dealing with managing diabetes day in, day out is a 24/7 proposition. It adds a layer of complexity and planning to each and every meal, snacks, activity and thought process of daily life. As a person without diabetes who educates and supports people with diabetes I attempt, in any small way I can, to acknowledge this extraordinary burden and admire those who manage this challenging disease with grace.”- Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE
“I want people to know -- diabetics and non-diabetics alike -- that I'm more than just a number. A few digits can be so revealing, from one's IQ, weight and blood sugar level to SAT scores, A1C results and age! But do they need to be judgmental as well? Numbers may help to understand a person (or a condition), but they can't define us. That would be waaaaay too easy (and don't we know by now that diabetes takes a little more effort than that?!).”- Haidee Merritt
“Diabetes is a full time job with no benefits, no overtime and no vacation days. Diabetes IS NOT as easy as doing what the doctor says and taking your medication.” - Alexis Pollak Hauptman
“Diabetes is overwhelming and often very misunderstood. To support someone you know and love, I suggest that you observe, ask questions and offer support, but leave judgment as far away as possible. Very often we are trying our best, but are wrestling with things that can be hard to understand, even for us.” - Scott Johnson
“What I'd like people to know about type 1 diabetes I can't write in a sentence. This was my explanation: www.huffingtonpost.com/riva-greenberg/type-1-diabetes_b_4869238.html." - Riva Greenberg
“Diabetes does not define me. Diabetes is just one part of me.” - "Sean Busby
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