Do you disclose your diabetes at the workplace? That's the question for the DSMA Blog Carnival in March, and I've recently penned a post over at my blog The Diabetic's Corner Booth on that topic. There's a specific reason why I handle my diabetes disclosure the way I do these days. I'd love the hear your thoughts on this, and how you handle the question.

Views: 44

Comment by Terry on March 18, 2012 at 9:55pm

Your blog story makes a good case for always disclosing the D in the workplace. I worked 25 years as a shop technician for a major airline and the company knew before they hired me. I never made an attempt to conceal it. I tested, changed infusion sets, drew up and delivered countless syringes right at my work bench or desk. I never passed out at work in all the hours I worked there but it was always nice to know that I didn't need to conceal a basic human function. I also treated innumerable lows at work drinking a juice box or eating glucosetabs.

Some coworkers showed an interest in learning about T1D but most didn't really care. These are the people that periodically ask, "If I find you acting confused or passed out, does that mean you need insulin?"

Now I'm retired and don't have to deal the D workplace. I move through life with a yellow labrador low BG alert dog. People who see us out and about want to understand a little bit about diabetes so they can appreciate what the dog is doing.

Comment by Stoyan on March 19, 2012 at 9:22am

That is some pretty good insight and sound advice. Admittedly, I do not disclose it with my employers usually (other than the JDCA for obvious reasons lol) because I do not feel myself to be in danger. I have never really had a dangerous or unexpected low. I realize though that that can change easily - it is certainly something that is on my mind, and I will consider talking to future employers about. You never know with this disease.

- Stoyan


You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF receives $200,000 grant from Novo Nordisk

Grant given to support programs aimed at bringing together people touched by diabetes for positive change BERKELEY, CA: December 4, 2014 – Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) has received a grant of US$200,000 from Novo Nordisk to support programs aimed at Read on! →

Guest Post: World Diabetes Day 2014 on Twitter… sifting through the data

At Symplur we track hashtags, keywords, user accounts, and pretty much anything else on Twitter that has to do with healthcare. We collect the data and then build countless ways to slice it up so that we’re able to better Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service