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Depression when levels low. How do I avoid?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by shots11, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. shots11

    shots11 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I suffer depression when glucose low even at readings of 7-8 but now getting worse but still on same insulins as five years ago; Novorapid, Lantus, but rock and hard place if I am to maintain correct control am I going to suffer this for ever more and as has occurred in past lost employment through irrational behaviour. NICE have recognised this and call it Diabetes burnout. Can employer cause problems if I need to take five minutes to correct levels or do I need to admit having Diabetes in first place and be left open to dismissal
     
  2. EveryCloud

    EveryCloud Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear this, when I was diagnosed I was off my work for a few months while they got my BG under some kind of control. I am afraid to say that in my experience employers aren't very sympathetic. They treated me very by-the-book and because I was off more than the average person I was penalised, held back for promotions and basically treated awfully. I ended up leaving and writing a strongly worded email. I am sorry you are going through this, maybe chat to a superior? Do you have an HR department?
     
  3. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    i think the answer depends on what your occupation is. Sitting at a desk, driving a computer, is hugely different to being on a production line that never stops moving. In the latter case it might be judged that you are not fit for the role.

    When you write "do I need to admit having diabetes in the first place' - did you conceal it from them when you were taken on? You could be on dodgy ground now. If you developed diabetes since starting the employment that's different and you should not be discrimated against now.
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not an employment law specialist but under the Equality Act 2010, there is a legal duty on your employer to make "reasonable adjustments" for you. You should not be concerned about disclosing your type 1 diabetes to your employer - they cannot dismiss you solely on the basis that you are diabetic unless you literally cannot do your job even with your employer having made reasonable adjustments for you. Giving you 5 minutes to test and correct at a suitable time is almost certainly a "reasonable adjustment" in 99% of occupations.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I thought you do have to disclose for Iinsurance purposes. Also how can they have a duty of care for you if they don't know what care you need?
     
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    novoguy Type 1 · Active Member

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    I know their are some discusting employers out their but I have been a diabetic for 30 years and all my bosses have been great when my moods go up they understand and try and help me, I am very lucky as I know a lot of **** head bosses don't care,
     
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