Expert Perspectives: How does stigma affect people with type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is a very common chronic disease. Stigma still exists and can negatively impact a person’s self-care behaviors. This may make it less likely they get the help they need to manage the condition.
Diabetes affects about 29 million people in the United States. However, people living with diabetes may sometimes experience diabetes stigma. Feelings of inadequacy or judgment linked to living with a chronic disease can harm a person’s self-image and potentially affect their self-care.