Millions of diabetics don’t treat their disease well, if at all. Why is this? To find out we listened to people with diabetes. They provided insights and CDP developed answers.

A big problem is rampant misinformation that causes an unfair stigma. For example, people believe diabetics bring the disease on themselves by being overweight, sedentary and/or eating too much sugar. It’s actually initiated when a genetic predisposition meets an environmental trigger.

Even so, society points the finger and many diabetics feel guilt and shame. One way to escape this is denial. Since type 2 symptoms are tolerable for years, it’s easy to ignore them until complications arise. Too many diabetics do this, suffer complications and die early.

Another issue is mistrust of health care professionals. So is the judgement diabetics feel when labeled “noncompliant.” This baggage – justified or not – makes HCPs less effective as messengers .

CDP presenters are well- informed diabetics who can relate easily because they personally know how difficult this disease is and how frustrating it can be.

Reaching more diabetics and improving outcomes requires new approaches. CDP is a unique and efficient way to teach the basics, fight the stigma and create a supportive social environment.