Is the general public’s lack of compassion for people living with diabetes to blame for why so many people neglect their diabetes?
Recent statistics reveal that approximately 6 million people in the United States are estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the CDC. It is also widely noted that diabetes can lead to a number of serious medical effects in untreated individuals.
So do people neglect their health because they feel the world around has given up on them too?
If so, what does neglecting your diabetes and purposefully hurting your body do for you? It must be doing something beneficial…otherwise you wouldn’t keep doing it. Even though cigarettes are obviously harmful, people still smoke them because it feels good, it provides an obvious benefit.
Even if the benefit is small in comparison to the damage your body is suffering, purposefully neglecting your diabetes may be your method of coping with the overwhelming emotions around diabetes.
Are you ready to work towards finding a healthy way of getting that same benefit? From the outside, diabetes appears slightly complex but straightforward: take your insulin, check your blood sugar, count your carbohydrates, and carry on with your day.
But diabetes, like many other challenges in life, can have a way of twisting itself throughout every single part of our life and our emotions. It isn’t straightforward; it’s incredibly complex, and the immense challenge of taking care of diabetes every day can play a variety of games in our heads. Accepting your diabetes and acknowledging that you its a part of your life is how you begin move from diagnosis to DIVA!
STEP # 3: I will respect not neglect my diabetes and I embrace the idea of self- management.
DIABETES 12 STEPS: We’d like to help you learn to accept your diabetes. Read all 12 Steps in our Reading Room at divabetic.org