Living with Diabetes: A Woman’s Perspective
Received: 12 July 2019
Accepted after revision: 16 July 2019
30 March 2020 (online)
Being born a woman is a blessing: it brings with it that extra dose of resilience and strength, which helps one survive in a male-dominated world. Being a woman allows one to manage the various challenges and demands of living life. Though these challenges and demands increase manifold in patients with diabetes, women handle these responsibilities as part of life. Irrespective of which member of the family has diabetes, it takes a woman to manage diabetes.
I have a strong family history of diabetes and follow a strict lifestyle to keep the “metabolic wolf” at bay. I have seen diabetes at close quarters, both personally and professionally. Four generations of my family have diabetes, and I serve a large community of women, men, and children with the condition. I appreciate the efforts made by colleagues from India and abroad to study and resolve the psychosocial challenges that women with diabetes face.    It is the insight gained through these experiences, which I present below.
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