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A Little Help Managing the 'Diabetes Police' – Healthline

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You’ve probably run into the “diabetes police” without even realizing it. You know the sort: an aunt or uncle, friend or coworker, or complete stranger in a grocery store aisle who feels the need to comment on your life with diabetes.
These people often mean well. They are trying to help us. Yet, for people with diabetes (PWDs), their comments often come across as meddling, and attempt to “police” our lives with unwanted or even dangerously misinformed advice. Hence, the term.
You’ve likely heard any number or variety of these proclamations:
And the list goes on.
Our Diabetes Community has been griping about these so-called “diabetes police” for years, often over the holiday season when friends and family gather over big meals. While it’s true that this time of year often presents the most challenges for PWDs with fluctuations in glucose levels (aka “glucoastering”), the actions of these “diabetes police” types only serve to frustrate us further.
Today, we’re addressing how best to deal with those individuals in our lives who believe they know all about diabetes, and what we can or cannot eat. Here are some thoughts on how we can push back, diplomatically.
A number of years ago, clinical psychologist Dr. Bill Polonsky, founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) created a diabetes etiquette card for friends and loved ones of PWDs.
Available in both English and Spanish, it lists the top 10 “DOs and DON’Ts” of loving, supportive communication from the “sugar-normal” (nondiabetic) side of the fence to us.
For example, number three reads: “DON’T tell me horror stories about your grandmother or other people with diabetes you have heard about. Diabetes is scary enough…” Naturally, it goes on to remind everyone that handled well, the odds are extraordinarily good that anyone with diabetes “can live a long, healthy and happy life.”
The BDI also created a card for parents of teens with diabetes, which lists nine essential tips. Fore example, number three on this list is: “Please acknowledge when I’m doing something right, not just when I’ve messed up.
Polonsky spent more than 2 years surveying several hundred PWDs from around the country to identify the top things that sugar-normals do, or don’t do, that drive us batty. Then he and his team went to distilling it all down to those magical tip cards.
A preview version can be downloaded directly for printing from your own computer, or you can order them in slick business card format for $1.25 each here.
When DiabetesMine asked Polonsky about the biggest lesson behind creating those key tips, he simply stated what many know as “the golden rule.”
“I think as the first guiding principle, we need to acknowledge that we must treat everyone with the same level of respect that we want for ourselves,” he said.
As noted, there’s been a lot shared about the so-called diabetes police over the years in our Diabetes Online Community (DOC). That includes a number of funny videos, including one by professional actor Jim Turner, who’s lived with type 1 diabetes for decades himself. Aside from having some fun with the topic, Turner emphasizes in his video that we need to remember these annoying comments generally come from well-intentioned individuals, so it behooves us to be measured in our response.
He identifies “diabetes policing” as anything that says:
“Support me, don’t police me!” Turner says.
In addition to being respectful and engaging in civil discourse, we should try our best to be kind, he adds.
One idea might be to simply say: “Please don’t do that.
To which, your surprised D-Police agent will likely respond, “Do what?
From there, with a sad smile, you could reply: “Please don’t (tell me how to manage my diabetes / dictate to me what I’m allowed to eat / give me advice about what meds to take / tell me when to check my blood sugar).” Then end with a forceful: “I’ve got this.
And if that doesn’t work, it’s not a bad idea to order a pile of Polonsky’s etiquette cards and have them ready to hand out to meddling friends and relatives — especially over the holidays.
Remember to be both nice and respectful when you hand a person the card. You could say: “I’m glad you are concerned about me. Would you please read this?
Unless your blood sugar is running low. Then you might not be able to stop yourself from saying, “Thanks! Now here’s YOUR advice!”
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Woman recounts shooting outside of Defined Fitness – KOB

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Griffin Rushton
Updated: January 10, 2022 09:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2022 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An early morning workout ended with panic and tears in southwest Albuquerque Monday after someone fired a gun outside the Defined Fitness on Central Avenue.
A woman – who wanted to stay anonymous – said it started around 9 a.m. with a loud bang. It didn't take long to realize it was a gunshot, but it's what happened next that has her questioning her membership.
“I'm still shocked just because it could have been someone who, who could have died in there,” said the woman. 
Hearts were pumping at the Defined Fitness near Central and Unser – but not because of a workout.
“We were starting to warm up, we heard a loud pop. And we thought maybe it was the speakers or the light bulb that busted. So we go and we take a look. And we hear the instructor scream and say, ‘Oh, my goodness,’”
She said that's when they noticed a bullet hole the size of a quarter in the wall and then, more gunfire.
“We start hearing more bullet shots. And so at that time, everybody just panicked and round ran out of the room.”
Albuquerque police confirmed there was a shootout between two cars behind the gym and a stray bullet hit the building. The woman says she's thankful no one was hurt, but is worried not enough people knew they were in danger in the first place.
“They should have evacuated and notified the members that something's going on, and please evacuate. Put more alert out there, versus letting everybody just sit there and continue to work out.”
Defined Fitness sent KOB 4 a statement saying the incident was unrelated to the gym and says it’s still a safe place for its members. But this is not the first time gym-goers have voiced concerns about safety at this location.
Back in November, KOB 4 spoke to a woman who said someone broke into her car in broad daylight and claimed Defined Fitness was not doing enough to keep its members safe.
Both women said they are not sure if they'll ever return to this location.
“I think I'm taking a little break from this gym, just so I can refocus and find my comfort again. So it'll be a while before I returned to this location.”
An APD spokesperson said the gym's security footage has been reviewed and there are no leads on a potential suspect.

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Fitacular 2022 with Planet Fitness – ABC27

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Get Fitacular in 2022 with help from Planet Fitness! With several locations in our area it’s easy to get into better habits and make the right choices for your physical and mental health.
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Jadakiss Explains Why Living “Healthy Is Gangsta” – Vibe

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“There’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
By DeMicia Inman
Staff Writer, News
Jadakiss offered his definition of a gangster during an episode of the Facebook Watch series The Pull Up. In a clip shared on the rapper’s social media, he explains how his lifestyle choices has made being healthy the cool thing to do, and why everyone should take a similar route.
“I think healthy is gangsta,” the 46-year-old rapper exclaimed.
He continued, “Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich. If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”

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He continued to share how his fellow members of The Lox all maintain a health-conscious lifestyle.
“My brothers, Styles, and Sheek… Sheek been working out forever. Styles been on us to eat right and live right. So it’s a collective lifestyle that you gotta live and there’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
The rappers not only encourage healthy habits among each other but have created space for others to do the same. In February, Styles P discussed the importance of why he decided to open Juices For Life in the Bronx with Good Morning America.
“It is important that you take care of the forgotten. Obviously, this started with us being because we’re from a Black and brown community,” said Styles. “We’re from a poverty community, but why does that mean we don’t have to eat right?”
He continued, “It’s not about being a vegan, it’s not about being plant-based, that’s not what I’m pushing on people, we push balance and health,” said Styles. “It’s about the people.”
View the full episode of Pull Up with Jadakiss featuring Lil Cease below.
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