We have a problem.

Millions of diabetics don’t treat their disease well, if at all. It’s the reason they, their families and everyone who counts on them suffers from the avoidable complications of a manageable disease.

Why is this?

Widespread misperceptions are a big reason. They come from a confused jungle of information that includes old wives’ tales, hucksters who promote “cure” and “reversal” programs, zillions of diet suggestions, inaccurate advice from misunderstood health care providers and others.

They all contribute to an unjustified stigma that criticizes diabetics and blames them for getting the disease.

Bad information leads people to think the disease isn’t all that serious, it’s a killer you can’t beat and everything in between. Clueless diabetics can experience apathy, denial, depression, frustration, fear and shame. All of them hinder good treatment and all are reinforced by a public that is woefully ignorant about diabetes.

This is serious. It’s time to stop the nonsense, fix the problem and cut down on the amputations, blindness, kidney disease and other complications that destroy lives.

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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