Are You Hiding Your Diabetes?
You can’t tell someone has diabetes at first glance. And some people with diabetes go to great lengths to make sure others don’t know about their condition. You might be tempted to hide your diabetes because:
You don’t want to deal with blame, embarrassment or misconceptions
You feel weak or inadequate to admit you have it
You think it’s your fault
You’d rather avoid questions about your health or about diabetes management
You don’t want to shock or worry friends and family
You fear losing your job, relationship or friendships
Harms of Denial
In some cases, you might not even be honest with yourself about your health. At first, denial can prevent you from becoming overwhelmed or depressed by bad news. But over time, ignoring or concealing your condition has consequences. For instance:
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