In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, community members share what they wish people without diabetes knew about the condition.
November is National Diabetes Month. Started by the American Diabetes Association in 1975, the campaign aims to educate people about their risk, provide resources, and promote advocacy in the community.
While awareness months can do a lot of good, often people living with chronic conditions are not the ones who need to be made aware.
This Diabetes Awareness Month, members of the Bezzy T2D community share what they wish people without diabetes knew about the condition.
“Diabetes is not necessarily a death sentence. You can live and thrive with it if you treat it appropriately. It’s not the result of a character flaw.” — JylEBean
“I know how to treat my diabetes, and I don’t need anyone’s [unsolicited] opinion on how to do it better!” — Halloween guy
“There are many forms of diabetes, and it’s a metabolic disease. Once you’re diagnosed, you can’t reverse it; you have to constantly manage it.” — Cal90, Bezzy T2D Ambassador
“Don’t say: ‘Have you tried eating/drinking/taking this?’” — Mary Van Doorn
There are plenty of things that people without diabetes say that can be insensitive or misguided. If you want to debunk some common misinformed comments for your loved ones, send them 6 Things That Aren’t Helpful to Say to Someone with Type 2 Diabetes — and What to Say Instead.
National Diabetes Month can mean different things to different people. It can provide great resources to educate your loved ones on your condition, and a space to share your journey with type 2.
As always, we’re here for you at Bezzy T2D.
Medically reviewed on November 16, 2022
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