Why I Want to Avoid Talking About Type 2 Diabetes

By Steve Barrymore
Updated 2024-03-28 17:33:50 | Published 2021-12-21 04:32:40
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Believe it or not, discussing my type 2 diabetes is something I would rather avoid. Perhaps it's because my job as a health writer has led me to write about my condition extensively, causing me to reserve my thoughts and observations for my work. Regardless, I tend to shy away from conversations about my diabetes.

One possible reason for this is that when people discover I have the disease, usually when I decline certain items on a menu or at a dinner party, they become enablers. But not in a positive way. They insist that one more piece of their delicious homemade dish won't raise my blood sugar, or mention that a loved one who didn't watch their diet turned out fine.

As a mother of two, I understand the desire to feed others and witness their enjoyment of what you've prepared. However, as someone with type 2 diabetes, it becomes tiresome to hear people, many of whom don't truly understand the disease, assert that they know what's best for my body and health. After enduring this for numerous years, I realized that my eating habits, which mostly consist of low-carb, no meat, plenty of vegetables, and some fruit, actually irritate others.

Recently, as I indulged in a delicious Greek salad at an Italian restaurant, someone remarked, I'd love to see you enjoy a slice of pizza. Perplexed, I asked, Why? Their response was, Because you're always depriving yourself, as they placed an unwanted slice on my plate.

This has left me scratching my head. Why is it that everyone else is allowed to enjoy their preferred order without comment, yet I'm subjected to scrutiny? The same goes for desserts. I enjoy baking, and when I bring a pie or cake, I'm often met with the same phrase, It's so sad that you make these delicious things and you can't have them yourself.

Firstly, that statement isn't entirely accurate. I do have dessert occasionally. I plan for it and make sure not to go overboard. However, when I try to explain my methods of balancing food intake, maintaining blood sugar levels, and compensating with exercise, people lose interest. They simply want me to conform and eat as they do. This is a significant issue. Family traditions, such as macaroni and cheese on Thanksgiving, chocolates on Valentine's Day, or beach fries on vacation, can be challenging to navigate. It often feels as though by sticking to my plan, I am offending everyone else.

The next time you find yourself in a similar situation, which is bound to happen unless everyone you encounter understands type 2 diabetes, I would suggest a different approach. Instead of asking for an extra portion of whatever they want to serve you, ask for some understanding and empathy. Let them know that while you recognize the world of food is delightful, at the moment, you have different cravings and priorities.

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