Today I am pausing to give some results from a study done amongst the Tasmanian people. The result is alarming, to say the least, and I am hoping to give you, my readers this information, with the hope of encouraging you to seek the truth and possibly prevent the worst from happening. The fear of knowing your blood glucose level could be detrimental.
The Research Results
According to Wirsu (2016), twenty-seven thousand, five hundred (27, 500) Tasmanians were diagnosed as having diabetes and another ten thousand (10,000) are believed to be undiagnosed, but living with diabetes. The reason persons gave for refusing to be tested is that they are afraid of the results.
The fear of finding out that they may be diabetic has left these persons in a state of ignorance. This fear of knowing could be the cause of more serious problems in the future. Their health could be at risk. This reflects an almost one in every five Tasmanians who refused to take the test.
The research pointed out that they still do not see their doctors, even though they are experiencing the following:
- Leg cramps
- Excessive thirst
- Blurred vision
The following barriers were identified:
- Convenience of service
- Aging population
- Lower socio-economic groups
- Lower literacy rate
Fear is Crippling
A look at the barriers listed above gives us an explanation as to why they could be barred from seeking the truth. But please note, that the results clearly stated that the Tasmanians are afraid of getting a bad diagnosis. They are fearful of the truth.
This is a perfect example to show how fear can cripple us and therefore prevent us from acting. It is my sincere prayer that we will find some way as a global community to get our brothers and sisters across the globe tested and treated.
To think that there are people who are given information about a life-threatening illness such as diabetes, but because of low literacy rate, they are not able to understand the message.
Take Action Now
But for the Grace of God, our lives are different. Let us, not become snobs, but see how we can become a part of the solution. Let us start by praying for the Tasmanians. Maybe we could join groups which may be sponsoring diabetes test for these people and or treatment.
Let us not allow the same fear which crippled the Tasmanians from being tested, cripple us from giving and sharing. Please use the comment box below to tell me your views. These questions are pertinent at this time:
- Are you afraid of knowing if you are diabetic?
- Have you been tested?
- When was your last blood glucose reading?
- Is it possible that you too are crippled because of fear?
Please allow me to encourage you to be brave and know your numbers. If the results show that you have diabetes, then knowing will give you a chance of living a healthier, longer and happier life. Yes, because, knowing gives you the opportunity to act and change your lifestyle while you are being treated. Yes, knowing gives you an opportunity to live a fulfilling life.
Go ahead. See your doctor and be tested for diabetes, then act. If you are fortunate to be diabetic free, then prevent diabetes by changing your lifestyle.
The Tasmanians are afraid to know their diabetic status and this fear could lead to more serious health issues in the future. There are several barriers which prevent them from seeking help, but fear of knowing is the main concern. The call was made for us to make the necessary moves in our lives and to take action, by being tested. It was pointed out that we are fortunate in our “neck of the woods,” and as such, we should ensure that we are not crippled by that same fear of knowing.
Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear your views on the fear which exists in Tasmania and ways we could help our brothers and sisters in this global village in which we live.
If you are fearful for any reasons, here is a list of resources you may find useful:
- Phobia Release Program. Click Here!
- Driving Fear Program. Click Here!
- How to Reduce Fear, Escape Anxiety, and End Panic. Click Here!
- Don’t let Fear Paralyze your Life. Click Here!
- Macky, Ian. “[Map of Australia].” Web. 12 July 2016.
- Wirsu, Piia. “Fear of Results Risks Health.” The Advocate. Fairfax Media, 10 July 2016. Web. 12 July 2016.
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