All someone has to do is surf the internet and you’ll most likely run into an article that lays blame on people with type 2 diabetes. We “did this to ourselves,” right? Wrong!
The media, and public in general, have fixated on a link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Even articles that are focused on scientific studies can be written in a way that leaves the reader feeling as if the blame for type 2 diabetes lies at the feet of the patient. This shame game is not only insulting, but it can be harmful to people who have type 2 diabetes.
There are many type 2 bloggers who have written about this very subject, trying to educate the masses and reverse this damning information. Alan, a type 2 blogger from Australia, covers this subject quite nicely. It’s interesting to note that he did not suffer from the shame game in his home country, but as he connected with other type 2 diabetics in online forums he saw how hard it is for people with type 2 diabetes in America. The shaming is endless. “There is a correlation between obesity and diabetes, correct," Alan writes. "But correlation is not causation.”
What makes this misinformation dangerous for people with type 2 diabetes is that some may hide their diagnosis or not take care of themselves in order to keep from feeling the shame. Here are some important things to remember:
· You are not to blame for your diabetes.
· You can’t erase it completely, but you can control it with a healthy diet and increased exercise.
· Don’t let anyone shame you into not taking care of yourself.