How to Talk About Diabetes

Sometimes it can seem scary to tell different people that you have diabetes – or to tell them how to take of you and what they need to know in case of an emergency. It is ok to be scared, but everything is going to be ok when you tell them. Here are some tips for telling friends and family about diabetes. 

People get scared that telling people about diabetes will make their friends, family, and coworkers think of them differently or that they will act weird after you talk to them. This is not true.

As long as you explain in a way that they will understand, people will respect you and they: 

  • respect that you talked to them;
  • will understand what you said;
  • will not treat you differently at all;
  • and will be able to help keep you healthy:

It is important to tell them that diabetes does not make you a different person. You just have to do a little bit more work to stay healthy but that you are still the same person.

People that you talk to will understand and not treat you any differently.

Click through the options below for tips on talking about diabetes to specific people in your life.

Information and images from are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here:

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