What do you call people who are not patients when you compare some data between patients who have a certain disease and people who don't have a certain disease.I want to describe the difference of dietary habit between diabetes patients and people who don't have diabetes. How do I name the people who don't have diabetes? I did some researches, the following options are the result of research Healthy people, normal people,and fitted people However, these several terms do not actually make any sense, and they are not accurate.

  • 1
    I'd suggest "people without diabetes".
    – TimR
    Sep 27, 2016 at 12:20
  • 5
    Non-diabetic is an accepted term (and it is unambiguous).
    – Mick
    Sep 27, 2016 at 12:24
  • 1
    A common term would be a 'control group' of patients. This means that these are patients that are healthy and often used in science to compare the effects of something. Sep 27, 2016 at 12:55
  • @MickSharpe this term however may include people with other medical issues. For example if i were to use a group of 'non-diabetic' patients, this could include people with asthma, or other medical ailments. Sep 27, 2016 at 12:57
  • "Yeh et al. (abstract 265) determined the risks of incident cancer, cancer death, and all-cause death after cancer in adults with versus without diabetes in a cohort of 20,703 individuals without known cancer, 570 of whom had diabetes." niddk.nih.gov/health-information/clinical-trials/Pages/…
    – TimR
    Sep 27, 2016 at 13:23

1 Answer 1


All the people you're compiling data on are called subjects. You can compare data from healthy subjects with that from diabetes patients.

Subject noun 1.2 A person who is the focus of scientific or medical attention or experiment. ‘subjects were asked to complete a questionnaire’ - ODO

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .