By Loretta Broome, MHA, CPhT

Diabetes Should Change your mental diet


As a Pharmacy Technician since 1999, I have many encounters with patients that are fighting the “Diabetes Battle”.  Some patients were Type 1 Diabetics (autoimmune disorder) and some patients were Type 2 Diabetics (diet induced).  Through my experience and continuing education through my Pharmacy Technician career, my perspective about how diabetics endure diabetes has evolved into a blended awareness.

There are two components to the “Blended Awareness for Diabetics”.  The first component comes from a health care perspective.  As a health care professional, I want to encourage diabetic patients to adhere to a healthy diabetic diet.  With this encouragement of a healthy diabetic diet comes the realistic thought of “how can an individual omit sugar/carbs”?  The diabetic individual knows the repercussion from the consumption of the sugar/carbs and that this consumption will induce their blood sugars out of normal range yet the diabetic individual still consumes the sugar/carbohydrates.

Realistically, as a health care professional without diabetes, I would have challenges to omit sugar/carbs from my diet.  Anyone can reduce their sugar/carbs in their diet but to manage a diabetic regimen is a different challenge.  So, how does the health care professional effectively help a diabetic patient with omitting sugar/carbs from their diet?

The second component of my “Blended Awareness for Diabetics” in the non-profession mentally—the individual side of me. As an individual that has been seen the effects diabetes has on the human body, I comprehend the complexity of diabetes but really, how can a non-diabetic individual fully comprehend the complexity of having diabetes?  I don’t know the 24/7 concern of “sugar intake” and needed constant awareness of beverage and food intake.

As a Pharmacy Technician Instructor, I have taught my “Blended Awareness for Diabetics” perspective to my students.  Diabetes management involves humanity and medical intervention.  Encourage a patient to take baby steps to reach the optimal diabetes management plan.  Health Care Professionals should be empathetic toward the inflexible life style change that a diabetic patient endures 24/7.  As a health care professional, we are responsible for providing factual responses to diabetic patient but the responses can be factual and empathetic.

As a health care professional and as an individual, humanity and factual responses is the proper dose of medicine to effectively encourage proper diet intake for a diabetic patient.  The diabetic patient will have a life-long struggle with the inflexibility of diabetes but give the diabetic patient credit for fighting the life-long battle.  When you judge a diabetic patient, you should question yourself, “What would you do if you were a diabetic patient”?