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Depicting Diabetes
Empowering Patients

Roughly 10% of the U.S. Population – 26 million people – is currently living with diabetes and of those, 7 million people do not even know they have it. Diabetes can often creep up on people. They feel a little extra thirsty or overly tired, then they may stub a toe and suddenly realize they have an infection resulting from diabetes that they did not even know they had. All too often, diabetes flies under the radar of awareness and is considered not as severe as other conditions deserving of the public’s attention like cancer or HIV/AIDS, but diabetes is severe, life changing, and an important condition to which to pay attention.

Type 2 diabetes is not only manageable but it is also preventable, and although type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, it can be managed. Diabetes does not have to be a death sentence. If people are made aware of the signs and encouraged to seek treatment, diabetes can be caught early and a treatment plan can be put into place.

Portions of this newsletter have been adapted from

PT: Diabetes Cover

Picture This: Diabetes

Did you know?

On its current course the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is projected to nearly double to 44.1 million by 2034.

Although diabetes cannot yet be cured, it can be
managed. With proper diet, exercise, regular blood sugar testing, and treatment therapy, people living with diabetes can lead full and active lives.

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Celebrity Diabetes Ambassador, Stephen Wallem, Actor, Nurse Jackie discusses his own diabetes management. Click here to view!
Suggestions for Depiction:
Each patient should feel empowered to manage his or her diabetes.

With symptoms that can be misunderstood as normal, opportunities for early diagnosis can be missed leading to a delay in treatment. Untreated diabetes can lead to dramatic consequences like kidney failure, blindness and limb amputation. Consider these suggestions to promote increased understanding about diabetes management:

• Consider depicting your characters making simple adjustments to their lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or switching out candy for fruit. These simple changes make a huge difference over time and your audience will appreciate the relatable emotions your character could exhibit as they take steps toward a better future.

• In order to responsibly manage their condition, patients and their families must have an understanding of diabetes and what a diagnosis means. Consider showing your character taking the necessary steps to fully understand their diagnosis by engaging the help of a Registered Dietician (RD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) to help them make the necessary changes to live a fulfilling life despite this diagnosis.

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