How we talk to and about people with diabetes plays an important role in engagement, conceptualization of diabetes and its management, treatment outcomes, and psychosocial wellbeing. A taskforce consisting of representatives from ADCES and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), convened to develop these guidelines using four guiding principles:
Find recommendations for language used by healthcare providers and others in this article from The Science and Diabetes Self-Management and Care journal. Learn more about what you can do through spoken or written words, whether directed to people with diabetes, colleagues, or the general public, as well as research questions related to language and diabetes.
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.
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.