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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Coping with others

No-one takes me seriously

Sometimes people might explain your anger and frustration away by blaming it on your diabetes, perhaps assuming you're going hypo. It can be really frustrating when people blame your behaviour on your diabetes.

Don't forget, though, that your mood affects your control. So don't let fuming at other people's ignorance mean you don't take yourself and your blood glucose levels seriously. Remind people that just because you have diabetes, it doesn't mean that it's responsible for how you think and act. You can feel sad, angry or frustrated whatever your blood glucose level.

Leave me alone

Do you ever feel like everyone's always pestering you, you've got no secrets or privacy? Even if people only mean to be concerned about you and want to make sure that everything's OK, it can make you feel like you've got no control. It can make you wonder who's the one with the diabetes.

Try to remember that they've got good intentions. Although it's annoying, they're not doing it on purpose. They're worried and want to make sure you're OK. As time goes by and you show that you understand your diabetes and take responsibility for it, they'll start to leave you alone. Gently remind them that you know what you're doing, or if you don't, ask for help. That'll show that you're taking your diabetes seriously and help stop them worrying.

I hate my friends

Most of the time, friends are great. They like the same things as you do, have the same sense of humour, worry about the same problems.

But then sometimes they can be really annoying. They can let you down, upset you, talk you into doing things you wouldn't normally dream of. And sometimes, when it comes to diabetes, they can be clueless.

They won't know much about Type 1 diabetes, so you'll have to make sure they get the facts. If you don't treat your diabetes as something to be ashamed of, neither will they. Everyone takes a while to get used to the idea. If they carry on being difficult about it, then be brave and tell them how much they're upsetting you.

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