Is there a social stigma attached to type 2 diabetes?
Many people living with the illness would say yes.
In fact, surveys show that many people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes feel judged. According to research from the marketing firm dQ&A:
- 76 percent of type 1 patients felt stigmatized, compared to 52 percent with type 2.
- 83 percent of parents of type 1 children said they felt stigmatized.
- More than half of people with type 2 diabetes who used intensive insulin therapies – multiple injections or a daily pump – felt stigmatized.