The True Cost of Stigma in Type 2 Diabetes

Published by Diabetic Connect. Because type 2 diabetes is seen as preventable, we are blamed…

Published by Diabetic Connect.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-information-articles/general/2624-the-true-cost-of-stigma-in-type-2-diabetes

Prediabetes? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Prediabetes? Ain’t nobody got time for that! The Ad Council’s type 2 prevention campaign misses the mark.

In the first of its kind campaign the ADA, AMA, and CDC released a series of Ad Council public service announcements aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes. The campaign is called So…Do I Have Prediabetes?

Boy did they miss the mark.

The campaign takes on a snarky tone. Now, I’ve been known to enjoy a snarky joke as much as the next person. But this snark is aimed at the patient, that just adds to the blame and shame people living with diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, already face.

You eat bacon? Well, don’t. It’s a variation on the “Eat 100 candy bars and what do you get?” joke. We’ve all heard the punch line: Diabetes!

Only, it’s not true and it’s hateful. And when people feel blamed for their health or shamed for their behavior that disempowers them to change. Don’t believe that? Listen to what the research of Jane K. Dickinson, CDE has to say.

And what if you’re a busy mom?

Well, this busy mom doesn’t appreciate the sentiment. Yeah, busy-ness is a common excuse. I’ll cop to using it myself once or twice. Okay! I used it for about a million years while I was in pre-diabetes.

The doctor’s response to the patient saying she’s a busy mom made me think of this:

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Lucy van Pelt pulling the football away at the last moment yet again and the ever trusting Charlie Brown taking a tumble mid-kick.

I don’t want my doctor to be paying a cruel joke on me. And I don’t want to end up the looser in this scenario.

But more damning is the image that comes to my mind when I reflect on what the busy mom says. Her distress is real. And yet her words come off more like this:

Ain't nobody got time for that!

And this is just plain wrong.

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance…

Have a #yogurt! It’s good and it also helps reduce T2 #Diabetes risk… Oh, really?

A couple of months ago, during #DiabetesAwarenessMonth, I saw a tweet from @YogurtNutrition. It said:

Have a #yogurt! It’s good and it also helps reduce T2 #Diabetes risk…

Oh really? I need to find out more about this. So I asked:

What kind of #yogurt might help reduce #T2 #diabetes? Plain? Greek? Lo fat? Flavored?

After all there are a lot of different kinds of yogurt out there. Some even have more sugar than ice cream! So clearly, not all yogurts would be a good choice when managing type 2 diabetes. The response was:

@SpinningDPlates results were observed on yogurt as a food category. Thus there is no specific recommendation to answer you question.

What?

I don’t fault @YogurtNutrition for doing it’s job, which is to promote yogurt. But I do fault it for presenting incomplete and potentially misleading information about the health benefits of a particular food.

Oh diabetes, you’re so transitory

Oh, diabetes…
It’s all so transitory, isn’t it?

Oh, diabetes…
It’s all so transitory, isn’t it?

Not 5 minutes before I was enjoying my membership in the Diabetes Century Club. By the time I got back to take picture proof the meter had powered off.

The little +3 in the triangle at the top is my only proof.

Tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms

Clearly tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms about sharing personal information. Which makes me wonder, when and what would I fell comfortable sharing? Have you thought about what you would be willing to share?

Kerry Sparling wrote in Diatribe this week about her experience sharing her blood glucose readings in an article called “Can I Follow Your CGM? Having a Conversation About Sharing Your Data.

In the article she shares her experience, as a tech savvy and public person, being asked to allow someone access to her streaming BG readings from her continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

Clearly tech’s ability to share has outstripped our social norms about sharing personal information. Which makes me wonder, when and what would I fell comfortable sharing? Have you thought about what you would be willing to share?

#diabetes #quanitifiedself

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