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Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?








Yes, some but it doesn't really impact us






Yes, some, and it impacts us






Yes, a lot, and it impacts us a lot






We were recently diagnosed and it's too early to tell






I don't know






Total votes: 334


Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?

Poll dates: March 4 - 11, 2009
Total Votes: 334

In a perfect world, children and adults with diabetes would never face discrimination. They would never worry about being denied the ability to check blood sugars or inject insulin at school, never worry about being told they cannot go on a field trip because no one would watch over them, they would never worry about finding health insurance, they would never worry about not getting a job. But in reality, many people face this kind of discrimination everyday.

In our poll, just over half of our readers (55%) report experiencing no discrimination. An additional 15% say they experience some discrimination but that it really doesn't impact their lives. So the good news is that three-quarters of our readers (70%) report living without any seriously negative discrimination because of their diabetes.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that 15% of our readers report experiencing discrimination that impacts their lives, and 4% report that the discrimination impacts them a lot. Children often face challenges at school, where 504 Plans can help to make a difference. The American Diabetes Association also works to fight discrimination against children and adults with diabetes.

This table compares the result of this poll with the last time we've run it:

Answer   Mar 2009   Feb 2008   Feb 2006   Feb 2005
No   55%   52%   54%   44%
Yes, no impact   15%   19%   21%   21%
Yes, some impact   15%   16%   13%   22%
Yes, major impact   4%   4%   4%   5%
Too early to tell   7%   4%   4%   4%
Don't know   2%   3%   2%   1%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 11, 2009 14:28:06
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