Read our collection of diaTribe articles to deepen your understanding of diabetes stigma and its impacts
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Read stories from members of the diabetes community who detail their experiences with stigma:
How to Tell Someone You Have Diabetes – Alan Uphold, who has type 1 diabetes, shares his experiences with disclosing his diabetes to strangers, friends, and loved ones, and he offers tips for others on how to do the same.
Fighting Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stigma – Anthony Wilson, a patient advocate with the Know Diabetes by Heart campaign, discusses his diagnosis journey, the stigma he has experienced, and his advice to others on finding a support network and being open about their conditions.
Navigating the ‘Food Police’ – Misguided questions, such as “can you eat that?” from well-meaning friends and family can feel infuriating. Sara Zarr shares how she responds to misconceptions without getting defensive but by fostering open communication.
Does This Insulin Make Me Look Fat? – Weight impacts diabetes and diabetes impacts weight. The emotional and physical toll of excess weight is not exclusive to the type 2 diabetes community as diaTribe staff member, Julie Heverly explores.
The portrayal of diabetes in the media is a key contributor to diabetes stigma. Read about the good, and not-so-good, examples of diabetes representation:
What TV and Film Get Right (and Very Wrong) About Diabetes – Unfortunately, people with diabetes are often unfairly represented in the media. An accurate and empowering portrayal of a person with diabetes on screen is one of the most powerful tools available to raise awareness about diabetes and combat diabetes stigma.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club:’ The Truth About Stacey – Stacey McGill in Netflix’s “The Baby-Sitters” Club, adapted from Ann M. Martin’s book series, is a character that many people with diabetes finally have the opportunity to connect with. Read about what the role meant for 16-year-old Shay Rudolph who portrays her, and the impact she hopes to have.