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12 Things You Wish Your Friends Wouldn’t Say About Diabetes

Ahh, we love our friends, don’t we? They’ve let us crash on their couch throughout times of transition. They’ve helped us change a flat tire. They’ve been at every birthday celebration you can remember. The really good ones are there to be a shoulder to cry on when times are tough, and to make you laugh until you cry when times are great!

In short, our friends have been there for us, through thick and thin.

But not necessarily when it comes to diabetes.

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This is how I usually react to #6.

Why is that? Why is it that when it comes to diabetes, it doesn’t seem that they’re capable of giving support? The answer usually comes down to this: they’re misinformed. It isn’t that they don’t want to give us their support; it’s that they don’t know how. And it’s frustrating, isn’t it? The insensitivity of it all can make you feel like you’re going through life alone, right?

But you’re not. It happens all the time, and to many of us managing our managing our diabetes. So much so, in fact, that it constitutes a list! Below, you’ll find twelve of the most common things we’ve heard from our non-diabetic friends. Check ’em out!


12. “Holy crap, you have to take shots every day? Seriously? Every day?”

11. “My grandma had diabetes. She lost her leg. Then she died. It was awful.”

10. “I need to cut back on my sugar intake, otherwise I’m gonna give myself diabetes, too.”

9. “How do you have diabetes? You look normal.”

8. “Go do that somewhere else. I’ll pass out if I see blood.”

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7. “Well, it’s your fault, right, for eating too much and not exercising?”

6. “I don’t think you’re allowed to eat that.”

5. “You must have the bad kind.”

4. “The pump takes care of everything, right?”

3. “I heard they’ll have a cure in five years.”

2. “Eesh.”

1. “Hey, it could be worse; you could have cancer!”


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Garrett D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).