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Emotions - Denying Diabetes

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Denying Diabetes

By Nina Nazor 

The first reaction you might have had when the doctor told you "You have diabetes" could have been, "No, I can't believe it", "Why me? No, not me". This denial state is perfectly natural, depending on the knowledge you have about diabetes.

You might also experience anger, depression and finally accept you have the condition.

The trouble comes when you keep on denying your diabetes and this stops you from learning what you need to do to keep yourself healthy and achieve a good control.

Denial can also keep you from feeling overwhelmed or depressed, but if you don't believe diabetes is a serious condition you will not take good care and this increases your risk of developing complications.

How can you find out if you are denying diabetes?

If you find yourself thinking:

·  A piece of this chocolate cake won't hurt me.

·  This wound most probably will heal soon.

·  I can skip my doctors appointment, I am feeling fine.

·  I can stop taking the medications because I feel well.

Hidden Danger

Denial can keep you from taking care of your diabetes and you may end up

·  Not testing

·  Not following your meal plan

·  Not working out

·  Not taking care of your feet

·  Drinking and/or smoking

·  Skipping appointments with your Diabetes Team

Diabetes education can help you cope with denial, and if you meet other people with diabetes, or visit our Diabetes Forum, you can start accepting the idea of taking care of you diabetes, just like many other people do. Meeting people with diabetes like you will help you cope and you will realize that you are not alone. Writing down your care plan and goals can help. Try to understand why each part of your treatment is important. Ask for help from your family, friends and Care Team. Knowledge is the first step to keep your diabetes under control.

Adapted from: American Diabetes Association. Denial

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