Category Archives: diabetes-related language

Words Matter: The Language of Diabetes

The language people use to discuss and write about diabetes and the people who live with it has long been questioned. Becoming aware of and changing the language and messaging related to health is not unique to diabetes. In fact, … Continue reading

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Serving, not pleasing

“…more often than not, trying to please everyone a little is a great way to please most people not at all.” Seth Godin I’ve been told that serving is more important than pleasing, and I wholeheartedly agree. Last week I … Continue reading

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Autism Speaks in Person-Centered Language

Did you see 60 Minutes last night? They did a very informative segment on autism, in which they used only person-centered language. I heard only kids with autism, people with autism, kids without autism, and when someone has autism. I … Continue reading

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Different Problems, Same Goal

Last Sunday at #AADE17, I had the honor to be part of a presentation on the language of diabetes. Three of us, who are authors on the upcoming joint paper on language use in diabetes care and education, presented to … Continue reading

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What was said vs. what we hear

In the summer of 2009, the kids and I drove from Colorado to New Hampshire with a stop at the Canadian Niagara Falls. As we drove across the border, an official leaned out of her booth and asked the typical … Continue reading

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Because I can, not because I have to

I have this weird habit (weird to my kids, anyway) of taking the stairs instead of the escalator, whenever I have the choice. It happens mostly in airports, and sometimes in malls, conference centers, and other places. My kids used to … Continue reading

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Messages of Blame and How We Can Change That…

Today is the third day of #dblogweek and the topic is “the blame game.” I’m tasked with telling you how blame comes up at “doctor’” visits. For my purposes, by “doctor,” I am referring to all health care professionals (HCP). … Continue reading

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More Than Numbers

Yesterday my son and I went to a College Fair. It was quite an event – more than 250 colleges in attendance and some interesting seminars. It was our first venture into the college search phase of life. We attended … Continue reading

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Compliance vs. Contribution

I am often inspired by things I read. This was one (thanks, Seth Godin, as usual). I love the idea of substituting “contribution” for that yucky word “compliance.” It really works in diabetes because compliance means doing what someone else … Continue reading

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Individualizing care is the opposite of adherence

Both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recently placed greater emphasis on individualizing care. The ADA uses “patient-centered care” in their standards, and NICE supports having individuals involved in … Continue reading

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