Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Diabetes talk often "harmful and inaccurate"

Diabetes Australia and the Australian Medical Association are calling for greater awareness and more sensitivity in the way health professionals and the media talk about diabetes.

Diabetes Australia today released its position statement A new language for diabetes: Improving communications with and about people with diabetes. The statement has been developed by a multidisciplinary working group and highlights the implications of certain words and phrases often used to describe and discuss diabetes in Australia. It also makes recommendations for modifying this language. Diabetes Australia Chief Executive Lewis Kaplan said referring to diabetes as a "disease" and describing people living with the condition as "diabetics" or "sufferers" is commonplace in this country, particularly in the media. However he said this type of language can be harmful and inaccurate.

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