8 Terms That Are Harmful to the Diabetes Community
Throughout history, great thinkers have said in one form or another, “As you think, so shall you become.” When you acknowledge the power of your mind to affect your behavior, it makes sense to stop saying some of the negative words that can be associated with describing diabetes. If you think and speak of yourself in negative terms, your actions will follow. Here are some examples of words that can be hurtful to those with diabetes, which may imply that diabetes is their fault, and may not be helpful as they try to manage their condition.
8. Bad Numbers
If you have diabetes, you’re in it for the long haul, and sometimes your glucose levels or A1C numbers may be different than what you want. But you are not your numbers, and you need to stay positive to effectively manage your levels. Scrap the idea of “bad” numbers in order to be able to talk honestly and openly with your health-care providers. If your numbers need to change, ask what you can do differently.
7. Lazy or Unmotivated
People can be motivated and have sources of motivation, though it doesn’t always come from someone else giving them orders or telling them what to do. It’s hard to stay on top of something as difficult as diabetes when you can’t always see the end that justifies the means. Negative words such as “lazy” and “unmotivated” can be frustrating when you’re doing your best to manage your condition, and they may throw off your desire to keep up the energy and effort required to do so. Refuse these negative labels, and with the help of your doctor, target and establish goals that may help you stick with your treatment plan.
By human nature, there are going to be times when you don’t follow through with advice from your health-care providers. Doctors sometimes call it “noncompliance,” though you may disagree, as you’re the one who has to live with your condition. Being described as “noncompliant” may not necessarily inspire you to make any changes. But it is imperative that you work with your health-care team to discuss any troubles you are experiencing with your treatment, so you can find the best ways to resolve those issues.
A cookie isn’t always worth abusing yourself emotionally. Again, it is human nature to cheat every now and then. Letting thoughts of self-punishment creep in can lead to more negative thoughts, putting you on a hamster-wheel of shame. Set aside the self-flagellation and acknowledge the slip-up, but then focus on the good things you’ve done and try to do better.
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