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How often do you explain to people the difference between Type 1 & Type 2?

What is your opinion on the media's inability to differentiate the differences bewteen Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

Do you feel as a Type 1 Diabetic there are equal supports in your community, equal allocation of resources.

Are you contantly Explaining the Difference between type 1 and type 2?

For more infor see my post at Three 2 Treat

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I find it absolutely infuriating. I frequently have to explain the difference to people, but they rarely grasp it. The trouble is, because T2 is on the increase due to obesity, everybody knows somebody with T2, so they think it makes them an expert on Diabetes generally.
I'm not quite sure what you are getting at with 'equal support' and 'equal allocation of resources' since PWDs can have very different needs. How do you draw the line? In fact, you can't even draw the line in the sand between 1 and 2. All insulin users regardless of type would have similar needs (equipment, being taught how to match insulin to carb etc). Some take orals, others don't.

In general the media is pretty clueless about ALL sorts of diabetes in any case.
I'll take the constantly. I'm a Type 1 and ppl always ask about the types. I just do the best I can. I've learned so much here about Type 2 and use the phrases here when I talk about them. I think that all types need reconision.
Sigh, even diabetics don't understand. Type 2 is on the increase but the jury is out as to whether it is caused by obesity or some other reason. I have never been obese, never eaten junk food and discover that diabetes 2 is linked to the type of cancer I had several years ago.
I think what people are saying is overweight/ obesity is linked to type2 such as high blood pressure or hyper tension. Not everyone however developes it just because they are over weight nor does it mean people who are not over weight cant get it either. My mother who is over 50 has been really over weight for over half her life, her cholesterol is high and she smokes but she is not a diabetic. As a matter of fact she is really healthy. Being over weight, not eating healthy and not exercising could lead to developing type2...Its more than one way to get something in other words.
I just feel like we're all diabetic and need to help each other. I've never said it had to do with being over weight etc.
Way too often... and they still don't get it :/
The other day, one of the office ladies thought it was "funny" to see "me, of all people" bringing cookies to school.

She's been there long enough and should know by now so I didn't even bother.
Is it a cause or a contributing factor? I thought there were genetic roots to it that I would expect are not curable? I would explain that both are genetic mutations but they present differently with different pathologies. At that point, i think about 80 or 90% of the people will *punt* and be like "oh" but anyone interested can have a nice discussion.

I totally disagree with Alan in that I am a beer drinker
Totally agree with Alan. One of the most annoying comments is "he/she claims to be diabetic but I saw them eating chocolate" It is actually known that obesity CAN cause T2, & that is why it is increasing. That's not to say there aren't other causes, but obesity IS known to be a cause.
Then why are the people on Biggest Loser not diabetics? It is not known whether obesity causes T2 or people become obese whilst they are as yet undiagnosed with T2.
Because not every obese/overweight person WILL develop diabetes. However it is a FACT that obesity is a common cause of T2. Go to any reputable medical website, & it will tell you that a very overweight person is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.Also, not being dignosed doesn't cause a person to become obese.
I don't think it's a fact. If you have certain genes, obesity can contribute to or perhaps aggravate the genetic decline towrds diabetes but it's not a linear relationship.




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