Do you have social support?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-06-12 08:42:51 -0500
Started 2013-06-05 14:56:24 -0500

I recently read a study on the effects that social support in the workplace can have on diabetes. The author of the study found that it is extremely important to find balance between work, family and other social situations.

I did a review of this study which you can find here:

I am interested to know your thoughts on this topic. First, do you have social support when it comes to your diabetes? And second, do you find that your work environment plays a role in your diabetes management?

4 replies

Smokebaby 2013-06-06 09:43:53 -0500 Report

For me my family is the best support I have. I work for a very small company ( 5 employees) and my boss thinks he is funny by buying cupcakes and or cakes doughnuts and the like and bring them in (which never happened until after I told him I have diabetes) and wave them in my face. I spend most days when he is here fighting him off rather then getting work done. He simply has no clue and because he is a know it all I have found it a waste of my time to try to educate him. However it's made it easier to say no to the sugary things . 6 months later he is still on the same kick . I think he looks like a fool when he does it now. It has also made me more cautious about who I trust to support me in this.

NinaNolan 2013-06-12 08:42:51 -0500 Report

I've had "friends"& family do the same things to me. One day, my dtr popped in & brought me a big bag of Russel Stovers assorted sugar free candy and a bag of Hershey's Dark Chocolate sugar free candy. It was wonderful! I don't know how it affects Diabetics, but it is great for me! I have post-prandial hypoglycemia. If I eat a "normal" meal, including white bread, white rice, fruit, peas, corn, etc., my blood sugar quickly rises over 300, then crashes into the 20's by the time I catch it in about an hour. I have to eat a very strict diet & tAke a pill called Acarbose to slow the breakdown of carbs into sugar. No matter where you go, you will find jokers who think its hilarious to pull stupid pranks on you or even make fun of your condition. I'm sorry you're dealing with these people, but, as I would never wish our problems on someone else, I've learned that it IS true… Karma IS a BITCH!!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-05 21:21:44 -0500 Report

At first the social support at work was very helpful. Then the know it alls took over during lunch. These are the ones who became the food police to the four of us who were diagnosed at our gala. I had to tell them to eat there food and leave mine alone. They had the nerve to be offended and I did not care. My job had no effect on my diabetes management. In fact nothing I am involved in has an effect on it.

Sometimes social support can be a pain in the butt so I don't use it. My social support is now limited to people who are my friends. Sometimes social support at work can either be a blessing or a thorn in your side because you get unsolicited advice from people who are totally clueless about diabetes.

tabby9146 2013-06-06 10:21:36 -0500 Report

so true Joyce! I like what Joyce said a long time ago, you have to be your own motivation, your own support lots of times, don't depend on others, if you feel you just have to, then I hope those people are the "right" ones, not the ones who truly do not care, most don't, most do not realize the seriousness of it all, and others want to be the food police! I really have no good support from my family or friends, most of my friends that I personally know and am around regularly, do not even have diabetes, it is hard for them to understand, i don't hardly ever talk about it and my family well, hubby was on board at first, and then I was just doing so well, for so long he acts like it is nothing now which hurts me, but I am just my own support now and I am fine with that. My mother knows a lot about it, she was a support my dad was a pharmacist (he is gone now) so she was the best one when I was first diagnosed. At my part-time work, I am usually alone in the office, which I love and with my home business, of course it is just me. But I hope that those of you who really feel you need lots of support from several others, have it.

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