This post by Renza Scibilia https://diabetogenic.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/when-do-negative-attitudes-about-diabetes-begin/ got me thinking about a talk I did for a DEEPtalk a while ago, on Diabetes and Stress.
As a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist language does matter.
What we say internally and what we hear externally can and does affect how we view things in life.
In my talk, I talk about words that stress us “must, should, need, and ought to” when we use these words, as a demand to yourself, our bodies go into fight and flight mode with all the hormonal effects that they bring.
People with diabetes have enough things to think and do without the added stress that words can bring. E.g. “I am a bad diabetic as I should get my HbA1c down”, “I must exercise more”, “I ought to watch what I am eating”, “I need to eat more healthily”. etc
As a diabetic, and it doesn’t matter if you are Type 1 or 2, we live with this disease 24/7, 365days a year. Unhelpful language can and does make us feel a failure and raise our blood sugar levels with the added stress.
So please Health care professionals (HCP) we are trying our best, we still have to put food on the table, pay the rent/mortgage, and all the other stuff that life throws at us. Telling us that we must try harder, looking at us disapprovingly because we have type 2, and no I wasn’t obese, just doesn’t cut it.
Social media can just be as bad “try this diet/pill and it will cure your diabetes”, “this is the latest diet on the market and will cure you”, “ah your type 2 you must have brought this upon yourself”
Let’s end all the bad language, the snide remarks, the looks of disgust, diabetes is a crap disease whether it is type 1 or 2. If a cure is found that is great if not support us as best you can and look at us a person and not just clinically as someone with diabetes.
Help us to manage our diabetes and not the diabetes manage us.