This is not about what causes diabetes. Nor is it about medication, food, treatment or management. It's about the words we use to talk about those things.
Language shapes thought. Here's a textbook example that semanticists sometimes use to make the point:
"Which of the following would you rather have? A segment of undercooked muscle tissue from the corpse of an immature, castrated bull? Or a thick, juicy, charbroiled steak?"
Two ways to say the same thing, but what different mental reactions they produce!
Words matter. Words have power. How we describe something determines what we think about it, how we feel about it, and how we act towards it. Language shapes our thoughts and actions -- profoundly.
My purpose here is to begin a conversation about how our language helps or hinders us in all facets of dealing with diabetes: management and control, diet, interacting with providers, etc. Any aspect of diabetes is potential discussion fodder.
Just to start the ball rolling, I'll begin with one of my own individual pet peeves: "insulin dependent."
I hate that term and what it connotes. Everyone is insulin dependent! Every person alive "depends" on insulin. Every one. I just need to get mine from an outside source. But how that phrase forever separates us, in most people's thinking, from the rest of humanity. Yes?
Words have power!