By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-12-18 16:07:47 -0600
Started 2014-12-10 18:00:21 -0600

I know for the old timers here, this is old news … but I would like to hear the opinions of the current users of DC.
"Diabetic" does that term offend you? Do you prefer "Person With Diabetes" (PWD)?
This recent news story got me thinking about this again …
In a perfect world I would be referred to as Extra Sweet or Sweetness for short … but until then I am perfectly fine with diabetic as I find PWD way to politically correct or this dialed back country boy.


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17 replies

BB42 2014-12-15 10:36:11 -0600 Report

Namaste! Reminds me of my time in Nepal. The term "Diabetic" doesn't bother me in the least because that is the disease I have. Nor, do I have any qualms about telling people I am a diabetic. The only time it bothers me is when I am asked if I am now cured. The disease can be managed but one is never cured

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Jibber Jabber 2014-12-14 09:22:56 -0600 Report

I have way to many things to be concerned about in my life to be concerned with what people call me…add this to the fact that Diabetic isn't even in the top 100 offensive things I have been called (I am Satan..just ask my ex… wink wink)..and I don't care what people call me…

JSJB 2014-12-14 06:00:08 -0600 Report

Diabetic is just a word. Person with diabetes is three words and it all means the same thing. You have a condition that needs monitoring.

Docjjb 2014-12-14 04:24:54 -0600 Report

I look at this topic like this. There is a tad bit too much political correctness in the USA as it is. If anyone wants to throw diabetics into the mix I want no part of it. As long as our medic alert tag indicates diabetic so the ems medics know our problem that's all that matters. Anything else is just arguing whether you say tomato and I say tomatoe.

Brenin 2014-12-13 15:00:53 -0600 Report

I don't mind being called a diabetic or someone that "has diabetes". What I mind is that when people find out and they start making assumptions, suggestions and choices for me based on my diagnoses. I've not told many people that I'm diabetic and I have had people accuse me of "hiding" my diagnoses from them. I don't tell people because I don't want my relationships to change… and unfortunately, when people find out…things do change. You are scrutinized more and there seems to be something about being a diabetic that people feel they can judge decisions that you are making for yourself.

sweetslover 2014-12-12 20:57:00 -0600 Report

I am a diabetic. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Being called a diabetic does not offend me in the least. I also agree that people in this country are becoming too concerned with political correctness. Everyone would be happier if they quit looking for things to offend them.

4catMomma 2014-12-11 19:30:11 -0600 Report

Considering I am a newbie, I think I prefer " having diabetes". This disease does not define me, it is just something to deal with. I wouldn't get all bent out of shape over it, but personally, I find I am preferring that term.

rolly123 2014-12-11 17:40:41 -0600 Report

I dont mind the word diabetic just when other who dont have it tell u cant do this or what they think we cant have do that bugs me!

Type1Lou 2014-12-11 13:15:10 -0600 Report

I have no problem with either designation. I guess I feel comfortable enough in my own skin and I am at ease with what I do to handle my condition. Diabetes does not define who I am.

RosalieM 2014-12-11 11:58:11 -0600 Report

Hi Steve,
Lets look at why being called diabetic offends people. This isn't really true, but it is the current idea. It is well known that the
first and best treatment for type two diabetes is diet and exercise. So If you are diabetic and still over weight you may feel like a failure. Others may see you as a failure as well and you perceive that. Others will watch what you eat and be critical of that. It is no wonder you feel offended by the title diabetic.
The truth is that much heart disease, most cancers, COPD and all kinds of diseases are caused by diet and lack of exercise. About 75 percent of all diseases are self inflicted. But those people are seen as victims of their disease
while diabetics are seen as weak willed and unmotivated. That is what is behind it all. It is not fair for sure but reality. Grandma Rose

GabbyPA 2014-12-11 09:27:51 -0600 Report

While I agree that being sensitive to people who have differences can be helpful, we take it too far. I'm not offended when someone calls me a diabetic. But if someone prefers to be called "purple" instead, then ok. For them I will do that.

I am not a huge fan of political correctness. It goes too far and if we are that afraid of being called something we might actually be....what is that about? I also don't care for derogatory labeling. That is a sign of simple mindedness to me.If you are wrongfully sharing your opinion about me, then I might bristle. But there are way worse things out there to worry about than how you call me. Just call me by my name, that's what it's for.

suecsdy 2014-12-11 07:31:07 -0600 Report

What difference does it make? It won't change the fact that I have diabetes. There are too many other issues to be concerned about to waste my time on that.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-11 02:47:16 -0600 Report

There seems to be a lot of discussion about this online in various places, and even amongst PWD (or diabetics) there is much diversion. Personally, when I speak to others about myself, I will say "I have diabetes" or about someone else, "they have diabetes", the term Person With Diabetes just seems too long and wordy. I don't particularly care for the word diabetic, because it seems to put a person in a pigeon hole, and it seems that PWD and People With Asthma are the only ones who get pigeon holed by their disease like that. We don't say "gee, she's a canceric" or "he's a Chronsic" we would say she has Cancer, or he has Chrons.
However, all that being said, I do not try to correct when others use the word diabetic. If someone asks me "are you diabetic" I just smile and say 'why, yes I am". I can't be bothered to try to explain the PC'ness of it all. I have too much else on my plate to be bothered with it.
HUGS, Heidi

jayabee52 2014-12-11 02:00:33 -0600 Report

I PREFER the term PWD, but don't get bent out of shape if someone uses "diabetic" in reference to me. I got more pressing problems.

jigsaw 2014-12-10 19:24:09 -0600 Report

There are things that I prefer not to be called, but diabetic or PWD are not included in that category.

Pegsy 2014-12-10 19:19:38 -0600 Report

To me, "diabetic" = "person with diabetes" and I take no offense either way. So much political correctness to worry about just wears me out. Seriously.

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