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What Is Being Done About The Stigma Around Diabetes?

A DiabetesTeam Member asked a question 💭

I was reading an article in Diabetes Care Community (a Canadian Organization) and they were talking about the stigma most diabetics face from the general population

They define Diabetes Stigma as:

Stigma arises out of the attitudes, beliefs and assumptions made about those with diabetes by people without diabetes that are part of societal norms.

Stigma arises from the biases that people have toward diabetes. Such biases are sometimes explicit, as in the title above, where the person assumes… read more

End Diabetes Stigma and Discrimination
End Diabetes Stigma and Discrimination
posted July 9 (edited)
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A DiabetesTeam Member

I wish someone would say I done it to myself. I would give them a quick NC education. U know just in the states that their is 34 million of us. And that's like telling a cancer patient that they done it to themselves. Plus I was reading yesterday that Pfizer might have a med that totally controls BS. So hang in there and we the diabetes will help beat this thing. U know I love each of u. Always Scott

posted July 9
A DiabetesTeam Member

Sadly in a couple Type 1 groups I'm in even the stigma against Type 2 is upsetting. It's very upsetting to read . So if it happens there why in the world and how, can we expect non diabetics to not have them. It makes me pretty angry to see. I really try to educate when I can

posted July 9
A DiabetesTeam Member

I choose to tell nobody about my diabetes condition. Makes life a lot easier.

posted July 11
A DiabetesTeam Member

Who cares what other people think? I suspect this stigma thing is just another ploy by those that want us to be dependent on them for advice etc.

Yes it can be hereditary and yes there are many cases where people by their actions either bring T2 on or hasten it. In my case it might be hereditary but I can definitely can say that my over use of alcohol over my life did not help and I accept responsibility for that.

Also even if in cases of hereditary it’s our responsibility (hereditary or otherwise) to manage our diabetes effectively.

This encouragement of the victim attitude is rather concerning as it could makes us too dependent on professionals in the medical industry.

posted July 10
A DiabetesTeam Member

The biggest stigma I get from nondiabetics is, you done it to yourself, no I didn't, it was genetic. Platforms like this one, and others is bringing that stigma to light. I'm glad there are platforms like this one, and others to help put a stop to the stigma surrounding diabetics, together we can do it.

posted July 9

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