Why Illness Is Never A Joke

diabetes

You don’t joke about cancer, so why do we joke about diabetes?

I have recently noticed the amount that I see people using diabetes as a joke for overeating or eating too much sugar, and frankly, I am appalled by it. It’s absolutely not funny, and is just rude and inappropriate.

As a person who has a large amount of family members who have diabetes, I have spent a great deal of time and energy looking into the disease to understand it. From this research I have furthered my stance that this is not a laughing matter.

First off, more people die from diabetes than from breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. In fact, it is the 7th highest cause of death. And it is even said to be underreported as an underlying cause of death, meaning that it could be killing more people than we know of. Do you think that is funny?

Also, diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. Nor is it necessarily the cause of gaining weight. Yes, environmental factors are involved, but genetic factors also have been attributed to the cause of diabetes.

Put yourself into the shoes of a diabetic. How would feel if you heard your condition being a joke about overeating and gaining weight? Would you think it is still funny to be the butt of someone’s joke because of your health?

What I am getting at is that making diabetes a joke is disrespectful to so many people and should not be tolerated. Would you laugh at an AIDS joke? Or a cancer joke? Or an Alzeihmers joke? If you answered no, then don’t laugh at a diabetes joke, because it’s just as bad as any other disease and the 29.1 million people in the US who suffer, and could possibly die, from it shouldn’t have their illness be used for comic relief.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Books, Tea and a Onesie and commented:
    Well said and thought provoking!

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  2. theclutterboxblog says:

    Very well said. I would never have thought to make fun of someone who has diabetes. I think they are amazing people, I couldn’t image having to overcome my fear of needles to give myself shots so that I would stay healthy. People with diabetes are brave indeed.

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  3. My sister is Type 1 diabetic, and every single time someone mentions something about “getting diabetes” I just want to kind of scream at them. 🙂 So thank you for this lovely and wonderful post and its honesty!

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  4. ccadiz says:

    It’s incredibly disheartening seeing how easy people can dismiss a persons health or disability in such ignorant ways. I’ve fought my entire life with chronic illness, tumors and pain and even though occasionally I’ve run across those who simply don’t understand (& refuse to try), I’ve found that most good hearted people will listen and learn from my (& others in similar situations) particular story. The phrase that kills me the most is,”It’s mind over matter.” Which shows the ignorance of the person making such a unsympathetic, blanket statement. And so I do what you have just done with this blog post: I speak up about my situation and my personal battles and don’t pay any heed to whatever nay sayers may come my way. Thank you for speaking up for those who might not know how! xoxo

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  5. Jaime says:

    I think a lot of people are just unaware of how diabetes works and how it happens. They see on TV stuff about diabetes that shows overweight people, and they immediately think you simply eat too much, or too much sugar, and it just “happens”. It’d be nice if they could educate themselves.

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  6. My dad is diabetic. Like you, it really bothers me when people use it as a punch line because there is nothing funny about it.

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