Over half (52%) of the adult population in the US is suffering from type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and a new Virta survey shows that a staggering 76% of people with type 2 diabetes experience shame around their diagnosis. This National Diabetes Month, Virta took a closer look at what this shame feels like for patients—and gathered advice from clinicians and how people living with type 2 diabetes can shed these feelings.
Diabetes isn’t anyone’s fault, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Unfortunately, the majority of people (55%) with type 2 diabetes avoid talking about it. That breaks down into 39% of people with type 2 diabetes who avoid telling their friends, family, or employer about their condition—and 16% who haven’t told anyone at all.
The situations where people feel shame are startlingly common. Here are the situations in which people with type 2 diabetes feel the most shame and embarrassment:
- 42% when they go out to eat
- 40% when they step on the scale
- 32% when going to the doctor
- 32% when taking insulin
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This National Diabetes Month, let’s practice empathy and compassion for people living with type 2 diabetes—whether that’s for ourselves or for someone else.
Learndipity Data Insights, on behalf of Virta Health, gathered data from 1,000 Americans around their opinions and experiences with Type 2 diabetes. To achieve a representative sample, Virta’s survey was distributed to all 50 states, to subjects aged 14 to 54, across all genders, income levels, and marital and employment statuses. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The survey was conducted on September 14, 2017 via a survey platform that delivers and collects survey data via mobile phone.