Diabetes is a disease that manifests when the pancreas is no longer able to produce enough insulin to ensure blood sugar remains at a normal level. It is believed that more than 100 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes or have prediabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, symptoms can be managed with medication (insulin), regular doctor visits, and lifestyle changes.
The truth is that everyone gets sick, and it is not anyone’s fault. However, many people with diabetes do feel shame about their illness, which may cause them to retreat from social events or even forgo taking their insulin or seeing their doctor. They feel as if they did something wrong, or they believe people will judge them for having the condition.
Virta Health released a study last year that described how people with diabetes feel about their disease. Just a little over half of the participants who participated in the study said they did not like to talk about their condition. Of the 52% percent of people who said they didn’t like to talk about it, 16% said they haven’t told anyone at all. 11% said they experience shame even when they talk to their doctor about it.
Having diabetes should never be a source of shame, but there are things you can do to remain private if you don’t want others to know about your health. For example, you don’t necessarily have to go to a pharmacy to get your diabetes supplies. You may be able to get diabetic medical supplies delivered discreetly and directly to your door. It is incredibly important to test your blood sugar regularly to ensure your levels are normal.
In addition to that, there are many different support groups out there that could provide you with additional help and guidance as you strive to manage your disease and live a full, healthy life. Many Americans have diabetes, so there are plenty of people who understand what you’re going through. Additionally, many people find that when they do reach out, there are family members and friends who are able and willing to help.