Study finds type 2 diabetes patients experience many types of stigma with considerable health implications

A recent release in Clinical Diabetes discusses the stigma experienced by people with type 2 diabetes, indicating how drastic it affects their health.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut.

According to researchers, people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are susceptible to certain types of social stigma and wreak the health implications associated with it.

In their study, 1,227 adult participants with type 2 diabetes were examined.

Based on the findings: “Results showed that experiencing weight stigma in health care, experiencing differential treatment from others because of their diabetes, and engaging in self-stigma for diabetes and body weight were each significantly associated with increased frequency of binge eating and eating as a coping strategy to deal with negative feelings.”

“Internalizing weight stigma was also significantly associated with lower levels of physical activity and worse self-rated health,” the findings also state.

“These findings suggest that initiatives to improve the health and well-being of people with type 2 diabetes must consider the potentially harmful roles of weight stigma and diabetes stigma.”

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