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Which do you prefer?








Person with diabetes






Doesn't matter to me






Total votes: 608


Which do you prefer? [Diabetic or Person with Diabetes]

Poll dates: June 6 - 13, 2004
Total Votes: 608

Among parents of kids with diabetes, there is often debate about whether the term "diabetic" is derogatory or not. It's often easier to write "diabetic" than "person with diabetes," but those who feel strongly about "person with diabetes" argue that they are not defined by their diabetes, which they feel is what the term "diabetic" does.

In our survey, just over one-third of people feel that "people with diabetes" is better. About half don't care. Given that more people don't like the term "diabetic" than do -- by a two-to-one margin -- it's probably best to use "person with diabetes" whenever possible.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:50
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