Playing the blame game is not effective

“I call it the blame and shame disease,” an Australian patient told researchers conducting the first qualitative investigation into the social stigma experienced by people with type 2 diabetes.

Of the 25 adults interviewed for the study, 21 said they believed type 2 diabetes was stigmatised.

Dr Jessica Browne, from the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, which is jointly run by Diabetes Australia (Victoria) and Deakin University, says diabetes patients

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