I wouldn't say its a garbage can really, T1 if you don't make insulin your there, if you do your a T2, but I get what yo are trying to say.
I think its bad that today you turn on the TV and the media makes T2 a fat persons issue, and has made it seem like that is the only way you can get it. I have been under weight my entire life, and am resistant to any (the little that my body does make) of the insulin that I have.
I think there needs to be a shift in this country and others, to understand that yes if you are obese or have extra weight you up your risk and can get it, however this isn't the only way for you to get it. I know I am not the only one but sometimes I actually am ashamed of saying i have diabetes and am T2 because people look at me like I did it to myself. Yes folks I love stabbing my fingers every few hours and giving myself shots, and having to watch everything I eat and figure out what will affect me.
The other thing I hate is when people think they know whats best for me. Like at work people tell me I can't eat something because it has sugar in it. Or when I get a small piece of cake I am bashed because I have diabetes. People really need to get educated on this stuff. I am on a pump so I guess I could really eat what I want to eat if I account for it in a way, but I don't. And I don't need people telling me what I can and can't do. If you're a friend or family member (and know about diabetes) and are concerned I am all for it, may snap at you but I know you just care.
I get so upset that I can't get life insurance or health insurance either with out paying so much or being denied just because of it... at least in the US the discrimination seems to continue to grow!
Sorry to rant =)
I feel hurt by the nasty comments toward T2, and I don't even have it!
Comments can be to say the least unkind. I guess I'm a little thick skinned and I usually let them pass. That's better than chocking the life out of someone, Only Kidding. Thank you Natalie for your empathy for us T2's
Doctors are no different. Upon type 1 diagnosis, every test/support is readily available. But with type 2, which is considered preventable, you pretty much have to ask for everything...and nearly beg for services geared at pre-diabetes!
Years before I came on this site I had hundreds of conversations where I have heard, "type 2, what's that? Not really diabetes then is it?". or "well you have to lose weight then wont you!". Even medical staff tell me I would be better if I lost weight, but not how I could do it? eating less gives me hiccups, bile sickness, dizziness, faintness! My decade ankle causes me to stumble and fall at times! I was 3 stone lighter when I could ride and work with my mules and horse! Now I can hardly walk, everyone does assume it's my fault. Well it might be, but I didn't know it at the time. Sadly even my own children get annoyed when I fail to 'tote that barge and lift that bail'! "dad it's not real diabetes you know!", I was chastised recently!
My view of my diabetes is "biased" you see! The world is eased into misdirection by years of bad TV, ignorant journalists and old wives tales. Even the diabetics I meet here think they have 'the' definitive knowledge of what constitutes 'real' diabetes in their opinion. This site is the only place when those who wish to listen to me do so with a sympathetic ear! I will always be greatful to you.
Muleman, please know that my heart is with you. I KNOW it isn't your fault, and that all you can do is work with what life has handed you. Don't take the ignorant comments personally, educate when you can, and when you can't, just figure it's THEIR loss, not yours. (I'm working on that myself). My hand is held out to you -- please take it when you need to! :-)
I hear a doctor say it on the show 19 kids and counting last night when the father and son went to get a medical check prior to their weight loss.