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Why should I not refer to myself as a diabetic?

Think about what you really hope people will understand when or if you say that you are “diabetic.”

For example, maybe you are a restaurant with friends and decide not to have dessert, or feel pressured to join in. Instead of saying, “I’m diabetic so I can’t have any.”

Try saying:

“I have type 2 (or type 1) diabetes. I am careful about the carbohydrates I eat. I can have sweets, but have to pick and choose when it is healthy for me to have them.”

This extra effort challenges misinformation and educates others about diabetes.
 

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