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