Many diabetes patients worry about a problem: Can they still go to work when they develop diabetes? The answer is yes. Going to work is certainly no problem as long as they control diabetes within a proper range.
First I talk about the benefits of going to work for diabetic patients. First of all, going to work will create a positive mind in them that they are useful to society and get rid of the negative thoughts that they are useless. Secondly, diabetes patients can establish contacts with people and things in society extensively, whereby they can make more friends and have a happy mood. Third, work can enable people to take a certain amount of exercises, which can help lower the blood sugar level and lose weight. Finally, it can increase incomes and relieve their families’ economic pressure.
Of course, there are some things that diabetes patients need to pay attention to when they work. Only by grasping the following points can they protect their own safety so as to better work and live.
Firstly, diabetes patients should establish good self-confidence and believe that they can make it, that they are not different from ordinary people, and that they are competent in their work.
Secondly, diabetes patients should avoid irregular work, especially the work based on three shifts, which is extremely harmful to diabetic patients. Once a stage manager told me that he was suffering from diabetes, while the intensity and time of the stage work were not fixed. He often worked until 2 a.m, and he ate fast food when he felt hungry. His work was completely unfavorable to the control of his blood sugar level, and I suggested that he changed his job. Diabetes patients need a good and regular work and rest schedule, or the control of blood sugar levels will be impossible.
Heavy work and dangerous work are not suitable for diabetes patients because the dangerous working environment will cause diabetes patients’ disease conditions to fluctuate, and it is likely that such situations as hypoglycemic coma may occur. Patients with diabetes should not engage in such work as driving and high-altitude operations so as to avoid accidents. There are some other work which is likely to result in complications, the incidence of complications of diabetes is very high, and diabetes patients should not do work involving over-use of eyes.
In addition, some diabetes patients may be worried about whether they will be rejected if they reveal that they have diabetes during the interview. As per this, there are of course some companies who will reject. However, diabetes patients should still tell the companies about their conditions in spite of this so that they will arrange your work more reasonably and give you enough care within their powers. Otherwise, it is likely that diabetes patients will work overtime and do heavy work without their knowledge, which is detrimental to their disease control.
Therefore, patients should not conceal their disease. First of all, it is nothing to be ashamed of to suffer from diabetes. They should establish the perception that they are not different from ordinary people. If they conceal their disease and are seen by colleagues taking medicine, injecting insulin and controlling diet, their colleagues will think that they are very strange and not easy to get along with. And when accidents occur, it is highly possible that their treatment will be delayed since their colleagues do not know their disease.
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