Who Needs To Know That You Have Diabetes?

by Jon Schneider - Date: 2010-08-02 - Word Count: 471 Share This!

It is important to let people know that you have diabetes, especially if you have type one diabetes and are taking insulin, because of the danger of your blood sugar going too low. It is not necessary to tell everyone you come in contact with and you probably do not want to do that anyway. Everyone in your immediate family should know. They probably already know. The people you live with need to know. Your best friends should know. You spend a lot of your free time with them. The more time you spend with someone the more chances of a diabetic incident. Your co workers should be told. Your immediate supervisor and the people you spend most of your work day with.

What do you tell them?

First you tell them that you have diabetes. Then you ask them if they know the symptoms of low blood sugar. If they do not know the symptoms of low blood sugar explain to them how you usually react to a low blood sugar. Say to them "The symptoms of low blood sugar are: excessive sweating, headache, irritability, and shaking." "Please be aware of all of these symptoms but this is how I usually react…" Then you tell them what needs to be done to raise your blood sugar. Make sure they know that when you are having a low blood sugar that you need to have something with sugar in it. Most people hear the word diabetes and automatically think that you cannot have sugar at all. You also need to tell them that help needs to be called when you are on the ground having a seizure.

The people you spend more time with need to know more information. They need to know the symptoms and the reasons for blood sugar being low or high. "We are going to be more physically active today make sure you have some sugar to counteract a low." You do not want your friends to become your babysitter because that would become extremely annoying. Another person that knows as much as you do about your condition is not a bad thing.

You also need to tell them about the symptoms of high blood sugar. "The symptoms of high blood sugar are frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue etc." Let them know when you stay in bed all day or cannot stop throwing up that is when help needs to be called.

There is no danger if everyone knows. It will actually help you out the more people that know. It is a matter of preference. How much of yourself do you want people to know?

So it is a bad idea to keep your condition a secret. Not everyone needs to know. Carefully make choices of who you want to know. However, sometimes there is no choice.

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