I know I may ruffle some feathers,but so be it. Being diagnosed as T2, I am kind of somewhat offended by the tone of some of the statements here that appear to me, to imply that T1's should be implicitly included, yet no mention of T2''s who may spend even more time than a T1 to control their BG levels. This sentiment appears to hold true with the DAG as well. We ALL suffer from diabetes here, Some manage with CGM's, some with pills, some with diet and exercise, some with combinations of diet/exercise, medications and insulin. I happen to fit the latter. I test a minimum of 10 times a day, I take Metformin twice a day, I take Toujeo once a day, and Novorapid with every carb containing meal or snack. Does this exclude me? According to most, yes, simply because of the #2 instead of the #1 after the word type. Has this ever been justified or quantified by anyone to demonstrate a real difference in the methodologies and terminologies used to evaluate and determine qualifications, or treatment practices required as put forth by both regulatory bodies and advocacy groups as a whole? Simply put, I test, you test. I take medications, you take medications, I take insulin, you take insulin.
I am ignored and told I don't count because I am T2, while many feel entitled to something because of the terminology used, T1. ALL sufferers of diabetes should receive equal recognition, both from the diabetic community as a whole, and from governing bodies. To type and divide the community is counter-productive and to me, reminds me of a child vying for a larger treat from a parent for having cried louder than the second child. If, as a community, we wish to divide, perhaps a more appropriate way to do so would be by method of control?
T1: diet and exercise
T2: diet and exercise/medication
T3: diet and exercise/medication/daily insulin
T4: diet and exercise/medication/primary/secondary insulin
Now that there is a clearer distinction, it would be easier for regulatory bodies, government agencies and advocacy groups to more clearly and concisely detail plans, benefits and credits based on that particular group. The cause of the illness to that end should be inconsequential, and the efforts of all parties should be focusing on how better to help those dealing directly with it.
I apologize for getting kind of derailed here and moving somewhat off topic, but with my short term memory as bad as it is, I find I have to speak my peace when the moment moves me, or that thought train has left the station. If this post is inappropriately placed, please feel free to move it to a more appropriate area.