Message from Christine:
I'd like to share some responses I received regarding last week's newsletter topic, "many people with diabetes refer to themselves as 'diabetic' but the American Diabetes Association prefers using 'person with diabetes' when
referring to patients."
Last year, I completed my dietetic internship through University of SD Center for Disabilities.
I most commonly worked with individuals who had various developmental and personality disorders. During the internship, our director stressed the importance of using 'person first language'.
I was taught that the individual's characteristics define who they are and not their disease, and that's why person first language should be used. Like you mentioned, using 'a person with diabetes' instead of 'a diabetic'.
Lauren Siegfried, RD
I was interviewing for a job at a diabetes clinic (before I was a dietitian) and I used the term "diabetic" when answering a question.
Needless to say, I got supremely chewed out. It had never occurred to me that it could be offensive, but now I can see how it can be.
Cheyna Shumway Palmer RD, CD
Have a great week!
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
This week's question for your nutrition blog:
From: Robert S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: how much protein should I get?
Since I've been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat. I'm wondering about protein. How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?
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