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Diabetes Education

Posted by Jade Venhaus on

The assumptions made about diabetes are endless and can be frustrating for those living with diabetes. But, we have a great opportunity to educate others when we come upon ignorant assumptions! I have been living with diabetes for 19 years, and here are my recommendations for educating others about diabetes:


1. Diabetes Is a Learning Process

Most of us are not taught the details of diabetes. I didn’t know anything when I was diagnosed, and neither did my family. Having diabetes is a learning process for both you and others around you. This includes strangers! Arm yourself with facts so that, when people are making ignorant statements, you can teach them. Here are some great articles explaining Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes published by Beyond Type 1.


2. Stay Unemotional    

The quickest way to lose someone’s attention is to get emotional! Stay calm, most people’s education about diabetes has come from the media, and we all know how the media can misinterpret facts. If someone says something upsetting about diabetes remember to pause, breathe, and be kind. It’s important for you to realize not everyone is a badass diabetes wizard like you are. Some people know absolutely nothing about diabetes, and that is totally okay! We just need to learn to recognize this, and learn to educate people with compassion. Stay unemotional, but still let people know how hard you work to manage your diabetes!


3. The Etiquette Book

One of my favorite resources is the Behavioral Diabetes Institute’s “Diabetes Etiquette Book”. You can view it here. What really resonates with me is number 02: “DO realize and appreciate that diabetes is hard work”. People are so quick to judge diabetes but have never walked a day in our shoes. As said in the Behavioral Diabetes Institute's etiquette book, “Diabetes management is a full-time job that I didn’t apply for, didn’t want and can’t quit”. This is completely accurate, and it’s important to let people know this. The more diabetes awareness we can bring, the better!


It’s easy to let negative sounding comments affect your mood. But remember this gift you have to educate others. Use your voice, and speak up! Join our conversation on social media @myabetic.


Jade Venhaus @vibrantlybalanced

Living with Diabetes Since 2000

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  • I was told that if I start juicing my diabetes will go away….

    Jackie on

  • Ughhh I had a run-in with ignorance last weekend. Someone was trying to tell me that I could cure my diabetes with cinnamon 🙄

    Sheri on

  • This article has been so helpful! I was diagnosed not too long ago, and I always get these crazy questions. Which at times leaves me feeling upset. I will have to keep these tips in mind for the future!

    Sarah on

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