Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Speaking the Language of Diabetes

New Language Guidance for Diabetes-related Research, Education, and Publications

Guidance for your practice

Language in Action: Using Words to Support People With Diabetes


How healthcare professionals talk to and about people with diabetes can impact care and quality of life. Find out how you can support your clients in this short video from ADCES. 

A Discussion on Language in Diabetes Care and Education

Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE, Susan Guzman, PhD, and Melinda Maryniuk RD, MEd, CDE talk about the importance of language from their ADCES Annual Conference session Why Words Matter in Diabetes Education

Why Language Matters

Words can empower people and support self-management; they can also hurt and make living with a chronic condition more challenging. This belief fueled a microlearning video created by Mytonomy and released in June 2018 that interviews diabetes care and education specialists and people living with diabetes. 


Changing the Conversation

Released two months later by Mytonomy at the ADCES Annual Conference, a new microlearning video explores how changing the conversation when speaking about diabetes and chronic conditions can change how people feel.