Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Speaking the Language of Diabetes

New Language Guidance for Diabetes-related Research, Education, and Publications

Quick Guide for Healthcare Providers

diabetes language guidance




Media Guide for Journalists

Diabetes Language Paper Media Guide

Practical Guidance

Additional Resources:

A Discussion on Language in Diabetes Care and Education

Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE, Susan Guzman, PhD, and Melinda Maryniuk RD, MEd, CDE talk about the importance of language from their AADE17 session Why Words Matter in Diabetes Education

Why Language Matters

Words can empower people and support self-management; they can also hurt and make living with a chronic condition more challenging. This belief fueled a microlearning video created by Mytonomy and released in June 2018 that interviews diabetes care and education specialists and people living with diabetes. 

The goal is to help people understand these language concepts and encourage healthcare providers to use person-centered, strength-based empowering language when speaking with and about people with diabetes and all chronic conditions.


Changing the Conversation

Released two months later by Mytonomy at AADE18, a new microlearning video explores how changing the conversation when speaking about diabetes and chronic conditions can change how people feel.