By Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
You don’t have to feel guilty because you have diabetes. Here’s why:
Your diabetes is not your fault. Diabetes is a complex disease that is caused by many factors, many of which experts still don’t fully understand. What we do know is that people inherit the potential to develop it. Even if they are overweight and inactive, if they don’t have the possibility of diabetes in their genes, they won’t get it.
Diabetes can be unpredictable. At times you may do everything right and still have a blood glucose level that won’t behave. So forgive yourself. Everything you do to care for your diabetes makes you healthier and better able to handle those crazy moments when your diabetes misbehaves.
You can still reach for the stars. Don’t focus on what you can’t do, but what you can do. People with diabetes star in movies, write novels, run marathons, even win Olympic medals. You may have to do things with a bit more care and thought, but you can still accomplish many of your dreams and goals.
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