Table 1

Guiding principles for communication with and about people living with diabetes

• Diabetes is a complex and challenging disease involving many factors and variables
• Stigma that has historically been attached to a diagnosis of diabetes can contribute to stress and feelings of shame and judgment
• Every member of the health care team can serve people with diabetes more effectively through a respectful, inclusive, and person-centered approach
• Person-first, strengths-based, empowering language can improve communication and enhance the motivation, health, and well-being of people with diabetes