So you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. No doubt there are plenty of questions about diet and medications, but what most people fail to question is the impact the disease will have on their social lives. After all, refusing goodies, and homemade desserts can potentially hurt people’s feelings while making you feel like an outcast.
Be warned that diabetes will affect your social life in some ways, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. As a diabetic, you need to educate friends and family about the disease.
Communicate clearly with others. Social functions are much easier if people understand that you have diabetes and must refrain from certain foods. That will prevent well-meaning friends and relatives from tempting you and saying things like, “Just a little slice won’t hurt.”
Also make the effort to share information with others. Many people are simply ignorant about the disease. Allow friends and family to ask you questions about your condition. By responding openly and honestly, you clear up any misconceptions and eliminate any shame or stigma. This technique is especially helpful for children who are coping with diabetes. It allows them to talk about their condition proudly while educating their peers.
Honesty is the best policy when it comes to discussing diabetes. In fact, talking about it may actually improve your social life by bringing you and others closer together!
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Communication with friends and family is key to maintaining a social life after being diagnosed with the disease.