I have read where the use of the question: Are you diabetic? has been…well,…called into question. This got me to thinking, which can be a dangerous endeavor. What is wrong with being addressed as a diabetic? What is wrong with being addressed as having diabetes? I say, nothing. I think either term or phrase is appropriate. In fact, I found that I use them interchangeably when I am discussing my weight loss with others, declining to buy candy from fund raisers, soliciting sympathy from my wife (an unsuccessful venture), etc.
The medical condition of diabetes can be limiting, but we do have the choice / freedom of describing our condition with two phrases. “I am diabetic” and “I have diabetes”. If I had cancer I could would not have this choice. While I could say that I have cancer, it would not be proper for me to say that I am cancerous.
When my doctor called me to tell me that my blood sugar reading was through the roof (from a blood sample drawn during a physical), he told me that I may have diabetes. A few days later I was tested again and he told me that I was diabetec. Was it bad that my doctor called me a diabetic? I don’t think so. Our society uses lables all of the time, as do I. I may think some one is sexy (I can only assume that they have sex), but that does not take away their other identies.
Diabetes or Diabetic? I think either term, phrase, or question, is fine to describe me. Which is your preference, and why?