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Diabetes stigma

Diabetes is a complex condition. It is often misunderstood.

Negative attitudes and beliefs affect many people living with diabetes – with a very real impact on their self-care, physical health, mental health and quality of life.

Let’s reduce the blame and shame around diabetes. Let’s replace it with respect and compassion, so that people with diabetes are supported to live healthier and happier lives.

Click on the portraits below to learn about how stigma has affected those living with diabetes.

Shannon
BJ

Lived experience with diabetes stigma

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Jane

Lives with type 1 diabetes

“I see, feel and read the judgement everywhere. Sometimes I can deal with it and recognise that it is probably just me putting words and thoughts into other people’s minds but sometimes it can bring me completely undone.”

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Simon

Lives with type 2 diabetes

“I learned that many, many, of the people I ‘networked’ with in those days were living furtively with diabetes and its complications. Stigma had silenced them.”

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Jacqui

Lives with type 1 diabetes

“But most of all, it’s the time you realise how much energy you’ve wasted worrying about what people say or think. Because mostly, they’re not thinking it at all, or are genuinely just trying to help.”

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BJ

Lives with type 2 diabetes

“I still get the odd person who looks at me while eating a chocolate and says ‘should you really be eating that?’ but I now take the time to explain it. I’ve learned that persistence in your health plan and patience with those who care about you, will help change some of the misinformed views of diabetes.”

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Gabrielle

Lives with type 1 diabetes

“I just wanted to ‘fit in’ and ‘feel normal’, however was aware that many people associate diabetes with obesity, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. I struggled with both my own individual judgement of myself, as well as stigma within the community.”

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Shannon

Lives with type 1 diabetes

“It is easy to be consumed by numbers living with type 1 diabetes. Monitoring blood glucose levels all day, every day. Because diabetes is invisible, there is often a misconception that it is as simple as taking insulin and eating (or not eating) certain foods, but this is far from true.”

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Resources

Media

Kellion Victory Medal

This year, 37 Victorians have qualified for the Kellion Victory Medal. Each one of them has overcome many hurdles in their long life with diabetes. Each one of them deserves our acknowledgment of this achievement. Read the amazing stories of all of our medallists in the commemorative booklet.


 

Diabetes Victoria

We are here to help

Since 1953 Diabetes Victoria has been the leading charity and peak consumer body working to reduce the impact of diabetes. We are committed to minimising the impact of diabetes in the community, helping all people affected by diabetes and contributing to the search for a cure. To learn more about diabetes click here. To help fund vital diabetes research, programs and events, click here.