Diabetes etiquette for people who don’t have diabetes.
In Tasmania, approximately 16% of people are living with diabetes (including pre diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes).
Using the Right Language
Diabetes Australia suggested that using the right language can increase motivation, health and well-being of people living with diabetes.
On the other hand, careless or negative language can be de-motivating, is often inaccurate, and can be harmful.
“It is important that we separate problem from the people” said Dr Michelle Woods.
“For example, we address them as someone who is living with diabetes rather than someone who IS a diabetes.”
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Her role allows her to provide a clinical service to reduce the progression of diabetes-related complications, address service gaps (such as poor access to speciality services) and aid patients in overcoming multiple barriers in living with a life-altering diagnosis.
Dr Michelle Woods
Nurse Practitioner & Credentialled Diabetes Educator