In June 2018, the National Health Service (NHS) in England published “Language Matters”, a practical handbook setting out how health professionals must avoid stigmatising language and encourage more positive interactions with people living with diabetes. The Spanish translation of this guide has recently been published and is available here.
People with diabetes often have to face discrimination, and researches into diabetes-related stigma suggest that stigma is a widespread challenge faced by people living with diabetesat work and in social life.
It is a proven fact that the language used by healthcare professionals can have a profound impact on people living with diabetes and those who care for them; terminology that seems judgmental should be avoided and the use of person-first language is recommended.
It is time to change the conversation and spread the word that language matters!