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Should I tell people I have diabetes?

When to tell people about your chronic condition

It is a tricky topic, telling people you have diabetes. They almost always want to know more, rack your brain, and ask if you really can eat that. It can get annoying, and sometimes you wish you could go back in time and un-tell people. In order to avoid this, consider the following points on telling people about your diabetes:

1. Wear a medical ID

This is the best way to update the medical team in the case that something is to happen to you, and you are to go unconscious and need assistance. Without it, they may never take the time to check if you are wearing a CGM or pump or even carrying insulin pens. The people around you may not know you have diabetes, and that would be extremely dangerous to your health. 

2. Talk to your closest friends and partner

It is vital for your friends to know you're diabetic. If you are out and anything is to happen to you, they must know what to do and what not to do. For example, if they do not know you are diabetic, they will not know how to treat your low blood sugar if you are unconscious. 

Your partner deserves to know, too. Diabetes affects your mood, your temperament, and your sex life. Try to be as clear and open as possible to avoid any awkward or uncomfortable situations in the future. 

3. Slip it in with a joke

Lighten the air when you tell people you are diabetic- avoid the air getting grim. Because you may start feeling uncomfortable and may regret your decision. Sometimes, the way people answer is different from what we expect. If someone is to be negative, just simply end the conversation, and continue your day without thinking twice about it. The way people react can not always be contained and we have to accept that in life. 

4. Tell your university/boss

Personally, the most point of all. It is imperative that your university (or if you are working, your boss) know that you are diabetic. In that case, if you ever have an emergency, you can back it up with them already knowing of your case, and not having to explain from the start. This will save you lots of excuses and missed deadlines, missed work days, or missed exams. 

5. Use your judgement 

Sometimes, you will find yourselves in situations where you feel you have to upfront and straight up about your diabetes case. And this feeling will most definitely facilitate the process on you. The more open you are, the more you will be at ease with yourself and with the people around you. As time passes, you will find it easier to discuss your diabetes with people who may make the most ridiculous comments, but they won't bother you anymore. 

And don't forget to use The Spike App to send yourself insulin reminders and carb suggestions! 

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