We all do it---ignore the problems in our lives or avoid unpleasant situations. Typically, the denial type behavior isn't necessarily harmful. However, the combination of this attitude with the diagnosis of a chronic illness can be risky. Most times it's not the disease itself but accepting the overall changes needed in order to manage a given disease. This can be the case when dealt with a diabetes diagnosis. Depending on your situation, you may need to make some behavioral or lifestyle changes in order to take care of your diabetes.
Interestingly enough, this type of situation is sometimes called "the three D's": diabetes, depression and denial. All three are closely linked and tend to complicate one another. You may not be ready to face the reality of your diagnosis and thus choose not to manage your diabetes or even simply ignore it. Often times the symptoms of diabetes are slow and subtle and thus are relatively easy to ignore. However, diabetes is a chronic illness that if untreated will definitely worsen over time and cause problems for other organs such as your heart and blood vessels.
It can be scary to acknowledge that you have diabetes-or any chronic illness for that matter. By acknowledging this you are ultimately also realizing that the consequences associated with diabetes are also a possibility. Or perhaps it stirs up some strong memories about a family member who had diabetes. Whatever the reason, it's normal to feel this way.
You are not alone. Diabetes is becoming a more common disease as about 10% of U.S. adults have some form of the condition. Acceptance is the first step to conquering denial, but that doesn't just mean acceptance, it also means learning about the condition and how you can manage your life with it. Sometimes it can be difficult for family members to understand what you're going through. Your physician can help you talk to your family about what you're going through or even provide other resources.
At Optimum Clinical Research you're family. We take the time to get to know each study participant and tailor study appointments to their needs. We specialize in diabetes and take pride in ensuring each participant has a truly special experience.