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How soon do you tell new friends about having diabetes?


For parents, about kids

      Right away  
  38%   239  
      We wait a bit  
  15%   93  
      We try not to let people know  
  1%   6  
  2%   15  

For teens and adults

      Right away  
  19%   119  
      I wait a bit  
  15%   94  
      I try not to let people know  
  6%   41  
  1%   12  

How soon do you tell new friends about having diabetes?

Poll dates: December 3 - 10, 2000
Total Votes: 619

When to tell others about having diabetes is a very personal decision. Our poll suggests that most parents (68%) tell others about their childrens' diabetes right away, while less than half of teens and adults with diabetes do (45%).

Parents often need to tell other adults about their children's diabetes. For example, teachers and day care providers need to know about a child's diabetes in order to provide proper care for the child while away from home. Teens and adults who are capable of self-management, on the other hand, may not need to tell others right away.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:46
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