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Which do you prefer?

 
     

Diabetic

 
 

14%

 

  88

 
     

Person with diabetes

 
 

37%

 

  225

 
     

Doesn't matter to me

 
 

48%

 

  295

 


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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