Language matters in diabetes care

LIVINGLIVING

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

New guidelines aimed at healthcare professionals tackle how

language is used - and sometimes misused - when talking

about diabetes, because language matters. By Sue Marshall

M

ost healthcare

professionals

(HCPs) are

professional

and polite when

dealing with their patients; some might

even refer to us as clients. However,

patients and HCPs use different

language and terminology to refer to the

condition, and it's here that problems

can occur. Most of us use the term

'living with diabetes,' as opposed to

'suffering from diabetes', and use the

phrase 'people with diabetes' instead of

just the simpler 'diabetics'. Sometimes

'people with diabetes' gets shortened to

PWDs, but that seems rather a remote

and unfriendly term.

I've been living with T1D (there you

go, another way to refer to diabetes) for

so long I pretty much don't care what

you call it. I was cautioned recently by a

doctor who told me, in my best interests,

that 'we never use the word diabetic -

always 'people with diabetes,' when he

checked an article I had written for this

magazine. He meant well, but I'm stuck

in my ways and see nothing wrong with

being called, or calling myself, a diabetic.

Terms of reference

On starting this magazine six years ago

I asked the existing readership what

terms they thought were OK to use when

referring to diabetes and the vast majority

referred to themselves as 'diabetic'.

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. Medtronic Minimed 640G insulin pump
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  7. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, diabetes charities
  9. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  10. Page 0010
  11. Abbott Freestyle Libre blood glucose sensor
  12. Freestyle Libre blood glucose sensor
  13. Diabetes UK helpline
  14. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  15. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  16. Diabetes management equipment, Frio sharps bin
  17. Page 0017
  18. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  19. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  20. Professor John Pickup diabetes research, insulin pump research
  21. Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research
  22. Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research
  23. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  24. Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research
  25. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  26. Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research
  27. Professor John Pickup diabetes insulin pump research
  28. Language matters in diabetes care
  29. Language matters in diabetes care
  30. Making Carbs Count cherries
  31. Jerte Picota cherries, Making Carbs Count
  32. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  33. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  34. Free diabetes magazine from Desang Diabetes Media

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