Diabetes mellitus is a chronic health condition that affects the body's ability to convert food into energy. People living with diabetes, as well as doctors and hospitals, struggle to handle the challenge. Among these challenges is that the ﬁeld of diabetology is ﬁlled with bias. People living with diabetes will say that “diabetes does not deﬁne them,” yet they often refer to themselves as “diabetics.” Doctors are frequently “trained” to call people “diabetics,” and I am one of them. Psychological consequences associated with diabetes and obesity bias and stigma have been previously reported studied. People with diabetes may experience stigma or may blame themselves for causing their condition. They may have restricted opportunities in life and be subject to negative stereotyping. Importantly, obesity stigma has been recognized as a barrier to comprehensive and effective type 2 diabetes management. Electronic Health Records and the International Classiﬁcation of Diseases are ﬁlled with diabetes-related bias. The word “diabetic” is frequently mentioned. Healthcare providers should recognize the person ﬁrst, and not their medical condition. Changing behavior takes time, especially as this is a collective phenomenon. This commentary proposes the steps needed to be taken to overcome the challenge of behavior change and offers a personal reﬂection on the subject.
"Diabetes-related bias in electronic health records and International Classification of Diseases.,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 12:
6, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol12/iss6/3