Diabetes, Obesity, and Stigma

New Opportunities and Mixed Messages

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How do people living with diabetes navigate a world where on one hand they’re told ‘you can be healthy at any weight’ and on the other, ‘you need to lose weight to be healthier?’ All the while staying focused on keeping our glucose levels in healthy ranges?

Today’s news and pop culture are full of stories about how glucose-lowering diabetes medications like Mounjaro, Ozempic and others can lead to dramatic weight loss. And many health professionals agree that, for lots of people with type 2 diabetes, weight management is an effective way to achieve a lower A1C. But we also know that diabetes and obesity come with stigma and shame. Is the buzz surrounding these new medications helping with those feelings or contributing to them?

Watch this panel of diabetes, obesity, and stigma experts, including two individuals managing diabetes and excess weight, for ideas on how to speak to your healthcare team, and to yourself, so you can achieve the goals you set for your healthiest and happiest life.

Our highly-regarded speakers are Dr. Clare Lee, Lilly Diabetes; Dr. Rebecca Pearl, University of Florida; Michele Tedder, Patient Advocate, Black Women’s Health Imperative; and Virginia Valentine, Clinica La Esperanza. The panel was moderated by Matthew Garza, The diaTribe Foundation.

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