4. Discussion

1. Are you aware that there is no cure for diabetes yet?

17 of 44 respondents (39%) are not aware that there is no cure for diabetes yet. This shows that we must do more to spread awareness to the general public about diabetes that there is no cure for diabetes currently, so that they will be aware of the dire consequences of this disease and take the necessary steps to prevent themselves for having diabetes.

2. Do you think that it is right to judge people with diabetes?

All of the respondents do not believe it is right to judge people with diabetes. This is a good finding, as it shows that people are conscious of diabetics' feelings, and that they (the diabetics) should not be shunned because of this disease.

3. Do you think diabetics can live like normal people?

6 out of 44 respondents (14%) think that people with diabetes cannot live like normal people. With this negative mindset, these people will discourage diabetics from living a normal life. This negative mindset must be corrected so that people will encourage diabetics so live a normal life like others and do the things they want.

4. Suppose you meet a nice guy/girl, and you two became "good" friends. He/she then tells you that he/she has diabetes. How would you react?

More than half the respondents (56%) will choose not to shun or reject the person and will continue the relationship and almost one-third (31%) of them will provide support for them. However, there is a minority of respondents (13%) that would prefer not to be with the patient. We must let more of the general public know that diabetic patients need social and emotional support in order to recover and as friends, they should be the ones to provide that support.

5. Naturally, with his disease, it is important that patients adopt a healthy lifestyle. How do you think you can encourage diabetic patients to live a healthy lifestyle?

Most of the answers were to encourage and remind the patient to not eat sugary and fatty foods, eat more vegetables, have a balanced diet and lifestyle and exercise more. Also, there were responses that they should have more body checkups and listen to the doctor for medical advice on how to live healthily. This is very positive as the general public have some knowledge about diabetics.

6. How do you encourage patients with this disease to look past it and live normal lives as how they did before?

Most respondents replied that even with diabetes, the person’s character does not change, they should be treated like any other person and they should be encouraged to live on positively. However, one or two respondents said that they might be rejected or shunned just because they have this illness. This is a negative mindset and should be changed. The public must know that diabetes patients are just like everyone else, there is no reason that they should be despised. 

7. What kind of mental and physiological impact do you think that diabetes would have on a patient?

Majority of the responses say that they would be shocked, and that they will be discouraged and demoralized  and feel inferior to other people. This shows that the majority of the respondents know the seriousness of the disease, and its mental psychological effects on patients. 

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