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Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?








Yes, some but it doesn't really impact us






Yes, some, and it impacts us






Yes, a lot, and it impacts us a lot






We were recently diagnosed and it's too early to tell






I don't know






Total votes: 62


Do you or your child experience discrimination from friends or family members because of having diabetes?

Poll dates: February 26 - March 5, 2014
Total Votes: 62

In a perfect world, children and adults with diabetes would never face discrimination. They would never worry about being denied the ability to check blood sugars or inject insulin at school, never worry about being told they cannot go on a field trip because no one would watch over them, they would never worry about finding health insurance, they would never worry about not getting a job. But in reality, many people face this kind of discrimination everyday.

In our poll, almost two-thirds of our readers (61%) report experiencing no discrimination. An additional 14% say they experience some discrimination but that it really doesn't impact their lives. So the good news is that a wide majority of our readers (75%) report living without any seriously negative discrimination because of their diabetes.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that 12% of our readers report experiencing discrimination that impacts their lives, and 4% report that the discrimination impacts them a lot. Children often face challenges at school, where 504 Plans can help to make a difference. The American Diabetes Association also works to fight discrimination against children and adults with diabetes.

This table compares the result of this poll with the last time we've run it:

Answer   Feb 2014   Feb 2013   Mar 2012   Mar 2010   Mar 2009   Feb 2008   Feb 2006   Feb 2005
No   61%   62%   47%   50%   55%   52%   54%   44%
Yes, no impact   14%   21%   18%   20%   15%   19%   21%   21%
Yes, some impact   12%   10%   20%   20%   15%   16%   13%   22%
Yes, major impact   4%   4%   4%   3%   4%   4%   4%   5%
Too early to tell   3%   1%   7%   4%   7%   4%   4%   4%
Don't know   3%   1%   3%   3%   2%   3%   2%   1%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 05, 2014 18:34:39
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