Do you correct people when diabetes is misrepresented?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-02-21 07:28:08 -0600
Started 2013-02-15 22:31:57 -0600

I was recently reading a post on Diabetes Mine ( about diabetes being misrepresented in media. It happens all too often and every time I just shake my head and wonder where the writers got their "facts".

Unfortunately, the misrepresentation of living with diabetes happens even more in real life. I have many acquaintances that have no idea what life is really like or what I do to manage this disease. I take every opportunity I can to help educate others about diabetes and what it is really like to live with it.

What do you do in circumstances where you hear someone talking about diabetes and it is clear that they really don't understand what this disease is all about?

Share your experiences and perhaps the rest of us can use them in our own real life interactions.

11 replies

msmayaks 2013-02-21 07:28:08 -0600 Report

absolutely! It is important that more people understand it esp. since it is now a major epidemic.

Devenaira 2013-02-21 06:38:24 -0600 Report

yes i do when ever i get the chance to. people that are ignorant of different health conditions need to be educated. Sadly the ones that are ignorant to it are the Healthiest people i meet. I had one guy ( not naming names) tell me you " CATCH diabetes by taking any steroid medication and can sometimes be contagious " he was sadly misinformed and i had a fun 2 hour drive in the back seat with him while on the phone with my BF ( on speaker) educating him on just how wrong he was.

MrsCDogg 2013-02-18 20:16:40 -0600 Report

I usually don't correct them. Unless they are telling me what I should do. Then I am pretty quick to tell them that I've been living with this for nearly 13 years and have done just fine!

Lizardfan 2013-02-17 11:40:05 -0600 Report

Sometimes. Is that an acceptable answer? LOL. One of my best friends is going thru a really rough time right now. Over the course of the last year her A1C has gone from 6.2 to 6.4 to 6.7. Her FP wanted her to start Metformin and told her she was diabetic. No glucose tolerance test, no meter script, just take Metformin. So yes I did open my mouth on that one. She isn't sure she has a problem, I do know it is hard to accept that you have diabetes. So, I have answered all her questions, recommended she see another doc and get more testing done. She also has been diagnosed recently hypothyroid and has high cholesterol. It is a lot to take in, she can't imagine the lifestyle changes in store for her and I so remember being where she is now. She did get another referral to a new FP, if the testing does show she has diabetes she will see my endo @ Joslin.

For the most part I just keep quiet when around the know it alls of diabetic issues. I can spot them a mile away, let them keep their ideas, I wouldn't change their mind anyway! I have enough to deal with to keep myself in check. Oh, and hubby healthy too!

tahoeTed 2013-02-16 23:09:46 -0600 Report

Mostly I just keep quiet. If they really irritate me I just say "Wait till you get it". The worst person I've ever had was my then wife. Employed in the medical field (receptionist) so she thought she knew more than my doc. Got to the point of going to a support group but she wanted to argue with the nurses and docs there too. The diabetes and her attitude led to the divorce. Three months ago she was diagnosed, and boy what a change of mindset!

pixsidust 2013-02-16 19:31:17 -0600 Report

I notice that while some do not formally correct you they do give you their opinion over and over again when once is enough. It comes across the same as giving correction and can be equally annoying.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-16 17:59:26 -0600 Report

All of my friends know I have diabetes as well as my family. Personally, no one concerns themselves with how I live with diabetes as it is not a major factor in my life or theirs. I have family and friends with diabetes and we live a life just like others. The only difference is we have to eat differently and test or take insulin.

If I hear people discussing diabetes and are incorrect about what they are saying, if they are not talking to me, I don't bother to correct them. If they are talking to me then I correct them.

In Pogo, there are several of us in a room that have been friends for several years. One of the players husband was recently diagnose so we have been educating the two of them. There is one woman who knows nothing about diabetes and isn't diabetic who insists that we are wrong about everything we say. We tried educating her and that failed. It finally got to the point one of the players simply told her point blank to shut up. We have found that in our conversations we are educating others reading the chat and someone will say I didn't know that and my husband or my wife is a diabetic. The woman who insisted we were wrong no longer participates in diabetic conversations.

jayabee52 2013-02-16 14:15:41 -0600 Report

For me I tend to correct people when they misrepresent information, however it also depends on the way I am feeling, and the relationship which I have with the person.

lorider70 2013-02-16 09:27:29 -0600 Report

Most of the time I only offer an opinion when asked. the exception is when someone I know is grossly misinformed…then I will tell them what "things" are like in my particular case, but always suggest they speak to their own doctor if they have questions. I don't want someone just doing what I might suggest and making their case worse. Media ipinions and advice don't matter much to me .

alanbossman 2013-02-16 06:10:46 -0600 Report

I agree on how people with diabetes are always are thought being over weight and its there own fault for getting diabetes and if I hear that I do speak up and try to correct them. Also I have friends who will invite my wife and I over for dinner and they will may meals that I can eat and I tell them that they don't have do that just for me and most of my friends will say we all are trying to eat more healthy foods