Have you ever felt discriminated because of your diabetes?

I would love to know, for a possible article on the Huffington Post,if you've ever encountered discrimination, or felt discriminated against because of your diabetes - type 1 or type 2?

I can remember not being able to get health insurance because I had a "pre-existing" condition. I can remember being told there were certain jobs I couldn't hold like being an airplane pilot.

What have you come across where diabetes has made you feel discriminated? I would love to know.

Thanks bunches,

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Comment by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on October 28, 2013 at 5:50pm

I do not know that it is discrimination, I have not regarded it as such. Discrimination is defined by Websters online as "the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex". In this regard there is no way one could be "discriminated against" as a result of diabetes. Now using the second definition in the same dictionary it reads "recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another", in that regard it might under a lose definition be discrimination.

At any rate, yes I have been denied life insurance, I imagine a job or two, and some otehr things. I refuse to call not getting a job as being discrimination. The reason I refuse to call it this is because, if they do not want to employ me because of diabetes I do not want to work there anyway. To me it is a mutual feeling, If I am not wanted, I do not wish to work there anyway. Yes, not getting jobs because I have diabetes does hurt. Still I feel no more discriminated against then if I were not picked for a baseball team. It is the way the cookie crumbles.

As for life insurance, I could not buy extra life insurance because I am diabetic, nor could I buy life insurance if I drank and drove. Is that discrimination or is it merely a company acting on behalf of its share holders?

So yes I have been denied other things people usually get. Yes I have been kept from jobs and stopped form being everything I wanted when I was 12. But then again I chose to get married have children and enjoy a great life. We do make some choices and that alone creates discrimination in the second sense of the word. With regard to the first part of the definition, health conditions is not one of the basis of discrimination.

Comment by Pastelpainter on October 28, 2013 at 9:20pm

My (ex) 'friends' dropped me from their social circle because I was on a 'funny' diet. I eat moderate low carb, and as my dr. advised, do not eat carb with my evening meal as I feel ill the next day if I do.

Comment by meee on October 28, 2013 at 10:59pm

I don't think you should be an airline pilot if you're on insulin and having hypos- it's too dangerous, just my opinion. Being denied life insurance on the other hand, that is discrimination imo. So far I haven't been discriminated against but I feel this world is very carb oriented and it is hard to find good low carb foods that are truly low carb. I don't generally eat processed foods anymore but nearly everything in the US has sugar or artificial sweeteners dumped into it. Fortunately plain yogurts are available, but they aren't the norm and many foods get away with no nutritional labeling, like fresh baked goods- I don't eat those anymore either. You can't even find medications without sugar or artificial sweeteners added in easily.. I did find one today! A herbal tonic with guaifenesin and no sugar or sweeteners.. if it had stevia and no sugar alcohol I would be ok with that but I like the fact it has nothing else in it. I have ordered veggies and meat only in a restaurant and I've been given potatoes with them.. this hasn't happened often and it isn't discrimination but it is a pain. Pastel, I'm sorry you're friends dropped you, thats sad.. I hope you find new friends who don't care what you eat. I personally don't want to be around people eating tons of carbs because I eat lo carb and it is a temptation I don't want to be around often.

Comment by Pastelpainter on October 29, 2013 at 12:09am

Yes, after a sad, lonely, depressed time, I found new friends.

Comment by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on October 29, 2013 at 2:07am

Meee, thanks for the kind disagreement. I expected harsher treatment when I posted my reply. I appreciate that we can disagree and not go for the throat, you are definitively my new hero. Thanks a bunch.

Pastelpainter, I am so sorry you lost friendships. But as I said if someone writes me out because of diabetes I figure it is their loss and my ultimate gain. After all I have people to impress. I am so glad you found new friends.


Comment by meee on October 29, 2013 at 9:17pm

You're welcome Rick :) I didn't even really consider it a disagreement per say but just saying my opinion on it.. pastel I'm glad you found new friends... :) I'm sad to say that I have another food complaint: ricola cough drops which claim to be sugar free have spike my bg to 185! They have aspartame which I will usually not eat but it is impossible to find a non sweetened cough drop apparently, fortunately halls doesn't spike me- I should have stuck with them, Cough drops need nutritional labeling too!

Comment by Andy on December 3, 2013 at 9:48am
When I graduated from engineering school in 1972, 34 companies invited me for second interviews. Every offer for a second interview was withdrawn, Only because I was a T1 diabetic. When I asked the head recruiter for Westinghouse whay I needed to do to get a job with a company like Westinghouse, he todl me "don't bother applying and walked away" I have many other examples of discrimination.
Comment by Sekhmet on January 22, 2014 at 9:30pm

I don't know if its too late, but I was fired for having diabetes. The company in question organized organ transplants, and I was too much of a liability for having the disease (which I didn't know about when hired). I am angry about that, as I was/am capable of performing the job - and I was good at it. Because of this, I feel as though I can't talk about diabetes with anyone, and don't deserve to ask for help. The unfortunate thing is that the large companies have legal representation that I just can't compete with. It feels like rape.


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