I am posting this for Sushma who is writing a magazine article:

Hello to the TuDiabetes community.

My name is Su and I am a writer for a National women's magazine. I am writing a story about how women of all shapes and sizes, even those who are thin, can develop type 2 diabetes. Hopefully this story can help raise awareness about diabetes among people who consider themselves not at risk. I am looking for women to profile in my piece, particularly young women in their twenties, thirties or early forties who are not overweight and have been diagnosed with Type 2 or prediabetes. I may also include one Lada woman. Participating would involve a couple interviews. No photos are necessary. If interested, please contact me at sushma.subramanian@gmail.com.

Thanks for your time. I hope you all had a nice Fourth of July weekend!

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Does this person understand that 20% of Type 2 diabetics are in fact misdiagnosed and are LADA and that LADA is, in fact, merely slow onset Type 1? What we don't need out there is more misinformation.
I think that is why she is looking to interview people so that she can get all of the facts and find out more about people's personal experiences.
Hopefully she will read the information that is already out there about misdiagnosis of type 2 and about LADA, and then proceed with a better idea of questions to ask. While I believe wholeheartedly in anecdotal information, if you are writing articles it should be backed up by statistically significant data. Many of those "thin type 2's" end up being correctly re-diagnosed as LADA/Type 1's. I'm sure I will get blasted for this statement by people who are thin and certain they are type 2, so remember I said "many type twos", not all.
LADA is Type 1 diabetes, according to NIH/WHO etc. So a person with LADA/Type 1 should not be included in an article on Type 2 diabetes. A large percentage of those "young, thin" Type 2 diabetics have been misdiagnosed, and have Type 1 diabetes or MODY (or other forms of diabetes, see my recent blog on misdiagnosis of insulin-deficient diabetes). Unfortunately, doctors simply assume that any adult with new onset diabetes has Type 2 diabetes, without doing the appropriate tests to ensure a correct diagnosis has been made. I agree with Zoe, the last thing that we need is more misinformation.
I will be sure that she reads all of the posts to this discussion! :) I am sure she would also welcome any information you have to offer her as well. If you would like to email her directly, please do so, or let me know and I can have contact her.
I just sent off an email to Su, and I included multiple of my blogs on the problem of misdiagnosis (for example, my Bill of Rights for People with Adult-Onset Type 1 diabetes and A Field Guide to Identifying the Misdiagnosed Type 1 Diabetic).

Part of my message to Su was "Misdiagnosis and the parading of wrong information in the media only makes life worse for women who actually deserve a correct diagnosis and correct treatment. Instead, I suggest that you ask for stories from women who have been misdiagnosed as having Type 2 when they really have MODY or Type 1. By shining a light on this terrible problem, you could do a lot of good."
Thanks for doing that, Melitta, and for writing those blogs. I think an article like that would do a lot more good than the one originally described.




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