Curious to see if it's just me.
I came across this summary on AHRQ's website (AHRQ is a U.S. government agency that, among other things, conducts and summarizes health care research). I'm used to seeing generic references in the media to "diabetes" and being annoyed by it, but AHRQ is a reputable entity involved in health care research, so I found this disturbing.
The original study (by Jason M. Fletcher, PhD, and Michael R. Richards, M.D.) appeared in a recent Health Affairs journal. In summary, they found that people with "diabetes" had lower lifetime wages and higher high-school dropout rates. In the full article, the authors briefly mention that they didn't attempt to differentiate among the various forms of diabetes, and kind of acknowledge that there may be some variation depending on the form of the condition in terms of effect. But they stop there (why, I don't know).
What really bugs me is how AHRQ presents the information on their website. They do the classic "diabetes is rising with obesity" schtick, as well as stating that prevention, especially for children, is important because of these negative effects of diabetes. Now, while I know the rates of type 2 diabetes are growing in the U.S., my understanding is that type 1 diabetes is still the more common form of the condition diagnosed in children. And as far as we know, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.
I am annoyed on so many levels by this piece on AHRQ's website. As a T1, I know that the driving factors that affected my education and career choices were largely due to my ability to get health insurance and enough money to buy insulin and the other stuff I need to stay alive. This has HUGE implications in the health policy world, but it seems to be largely ignored when looking at "diabetes" in this generic way.
Does anyone else get annoyed with studies like this? I just find them so...irresponsible. Is it wrong to think that physicians should realize that they are dealing with multiple conditions, all of which can have different methods of management and impacts?