Diabetes Stigma Article Collection

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Learn about the diabetes stigma basics: Read up on the work diaTribe is doing to address diabetes stigma Check out our dSeries Lightning Talks on diabetes stigma: Read stories from members of the diabetes community who detail their experiences with stigma: The portrayal of diabetes in the media is a key contributor to diabetes stigma. […]

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diaTribe Foundation and ACBRD Partner to End Diabetes Stigma

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San Francisco, USA, and Melbourne, Australia, May 31, 2023 – The diaTribe Foundation and the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) are excited to announce a new partnership focused on researching and reducing diabetes stigma, housed under diaTribe’s dStigmatize program. This collaboration brings together two leading organizations in the international diabetes community with a shared commitment […]

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Take it in

Portrait of poet Josh Kuntzman

“Take it in,” is a haunting poem by Josh Kuntzman, commissioned for the diaTribe Foundation’s d21 Executive Innovation Lab. Though the experience of living with diabetes is uniquely individual, Kuntzman based his poem on extensive research and created a unique and compelling portrait of the emotions and challenges of a chronic condition – and of […]

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A Guide to the Portrayal of Diabetes in Film and Television

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This guide was created as a collaboration between the diaTribe Foundation and Beyond Type 1. Thank you for sharing the realities of living with diabetes with your audience. Your work will help educate, raise awareness, clear up misconceptions, increase safety, and reduce stigma. Approximately 1.6 million Americans currently have type 1 diabetes ( which includes […]

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dStigmatize Communications Checklist

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Do you have an editorial policy or style guidelines that include recommendations for language related to diabetes? If so: If not: What processes do you use to ensure that internal and external communications teams avoid stigmatizing language when talking about diabetes, and people with diabetes and prediabetes? Click here to download a PDF version of […]

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Bringing an End to Diabetes Stigma and Discrimination

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Diabetes stigma can negatively impact the health, self-care, well-being, and professional and social lives of people with diabetes. It can also negatively impact impact public and government support and funding for diabetes research, prevention, clinical care, and treatments. To bring an end to diabetes stigma and discrimination, an expert panel of 51 researchers, health professionals, […]

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Research on Stigma From Health Professionals

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People with diabetes consistently report experiencing stigma in healthcare spaces and from health professionals. Here are key research findings and interventional studies from leading experts in the field. A Qualitative Study of Perceived Responsibility and Self-Blame in Type 2 Diabetes: Reflections of Physicians and Patients Takeaways Interviews with 19 endocrinologists and primary care providers and […]

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What is Diabetes Stigma?

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Diabetes stigma refers to negative social judgments, stereotypes, and prejudices about diabetes, or about a person due to their diabetes.1 Diabetes stigma becomes discrimination when it is used in unfair or prejudicial treatment towards a person with diabetes.1 Why does diabetes stigma exist? Most health-related stigma, including diabetes stigma, is caused by shame, blame, fear, […]

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The information published on this website is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to make decisions that change treatment. We urge readers to consult with healthcare professionals for questions regarding their treatment and in all matters related to their health.