Just what does a diabetic look like. I was told by a Endocrinologist doctor, "You do not look like a type 2 diabetic." Doug Burns does not look like a diabetic at all according to general perceptions.
When he acted like a diabetic, he was misunderstood as to be intoxicated and charged by the police. When working in EMS I was told to evaluate for stroke, diabetes and possible intoxication as altered mental status.
Doug Burns talks about how he felt growing up with Diabetes.
People think according to the information they have encountered. We are the keeper of our bodies. I try to wear a medical alert at all times but there are some times I have forgotten it. I have some ID tags hanging on my purse and my keys. Some have Tattoos to speak for them in the case of altered mental status. I think Medical ID's should be considered by ALL diabetics.
I cannot tell by looking at someone, a child or adult, if someone has cancer or a heart condition. Why do people think they can spot a diabetic by their body type? Why do people blame diabetes solely on weight of 'sugar' intake?
We have a metabolic disorder. Some of us can do things to improve it or to correct it but many of us cannot due to our genetics or other events.
Doug Burns is an inspiration on how to overcome challenges.