So does this come down to 'what caused it?
Meeting with a new doctor here, told him I have type 2 (diagnosed years ago) and added that I have haemachromatosis (iron overload) and this possibly caused it ...
To my surprise he said, 'now that changes everything. that completely changes my attitude to you.' So if it was my fault (caused by obesity perhaps) ... what was he going to do? But as this wasn't really my fault, maybe even caused my obesity ... well that's different, he was willing to be nice to me.
Heamachromatosis, in theory, affects 1 in 300 of 'northern European' genetic extraction. As a fair-skinned caucasian, that puts me in the box.
When I was in the UK I went to a clinic to check my ferretin levels, and they were so excited to see me, and couldn't believe that (in Australia) I had already been tested and was aware of my condition. They said they are expecting to find a lot of people with the condition, but unaware of it, and displaying in in ways such as diabetes which it can cause. They go to diabetes clinics to find people with it - but it hasn't been turning out as they expected.
Anyway, the point is, people over 50 with haemachromatosis tend to have quite a build up of iron (especially women past menopause), and this can initiate diabetes ... apparently.