I was at something for work earlier this year and I declined a cupcake that was being served. A coworker (who does not know I have T1D), noticed that I declined that cupcake and also commented that I generally eat "healthy."
She said, "Well, it's good you do that, you know, you'll never have to worry about getting diabetes or anything."
I just said, "Yeah...."
If only she knew.....
My favorite is a type of comment rather than comments themselves: Oh, you have diabetes? Eat [insert weird supplement or herb or vitamin] and it'll cure your diabetes!
And most of the people who said this to me have diabetes.
Along the same vein, people will suggest eating "carb-less" food. Sometimes they are right that it is mostly carb free, but other times they forget that fruit has carbs. I've even seen "carb-less" candy.
I got a real good one just today while I was at Starbucks. I mentioned to my aunt that I wished my mom took better care of her diabetes. Her last A1c was 7.2, and I do think the relatively high A1c and undetected high bgs are a major contributing factor to her ongoing battle with PAD. "Well," my aunt said, "I think she must be doing just fine. She certainly doesn't look all that bad."
"Excuse me?" I interjected
"I've KNOWN people with diabetes. You can tell!!"
She says this while sitting across from me, who has had diabetes for the better part of two decades. Can't tell you how I had to bite my tongue to keep from verbally tearing her to bits for that piece of nonsense.
One of the kids I was going to highschool with was dating a friend of mine who also has diabetes. Somehow we ended up talking about this exact issue, how people who know people with diabetes somehow think they understand the disease better than a person who has it.
"Max, my girlfriend has diabetes, I'm pretty sure I know."
My friend, who he happened to be dating, walked up to us just as he said that and she instantly had that look of Oh, not this crap again.
She said, "The only people who know about diabetes are people with the disease and hopefully the doctors treating them. First-hand experience trumps second-hand opinions."
When i declind a softdrink at afriends house asked me why said i'm a diabetic He repled no way your not fat.lol
common guys.. how many type 1s are there out there in the world? 8-9 million? they barely know much about type 2 let alone 1. we ourselves barely know the details of any conditions aside from common colds, influenza, perhaps cancer and HIV. we are simply too ignorant to care about other diseases unless we or a loved one is affected.
Ya-but there comes a time when there are uneducated people who believe they know better than you, and it becomes frustrating. I absolutely hate it when a friend of mine is convinced that his 'doctor' 'cures' diabetes and that I need to talk to him. His statement takes away from what I deal with and minimizes the seriousness of this disease. Of course, I tell him scientific facts of my disease, but nonetheless, he continues on with the notion that I could be cured.
Diabetes only happens to those who are overweight!
I know someone who is Diabetic, he looks fine, why does he worry so much?