AMEN I get frustrated about the same thing or the comment "my grandma has diabetes blah blah blah I know everything about it" I also get annoyed when I go to the doctor or a waiting room and see all the posters and info say stuff about Preventing Diabetes or reversing it or whatever, all the info and media is focused on type 2 and to me it looks like all diabetes can be prevented if we watch what we eat and exercise and type one has nothing to do with that!
Right on, Chelsea. I don't like how people immediately assume that I brought this disease upon myself. Then I have to spend a few minutes explaining to them what the difference is, which means a lot of my first encounters with people revolve around diabetes and not the rest of my life..ugghhh lol
I was (before being dx with type 1) at high risk for getting type 2....overweight, had 2 babies over 9 lbs, native american decent (I'm 1/126 Choctaw) and both parents having diabetes. When I found out I actually had type 1 my first reaction was...."that can't be...I should be type 2". I did not ask to have type 1 but my parents (RIP) didn't ask to get type 2 or LADA either.
type 1 dx: 11/30/07
A1C December 2012: 6.0%
Mom, Granny, PWDT1D
Ive had a type 2 come up to me and say "Yeah, you hot the worse one. I guess I'm just lucky."
I'm know for being overly nice, but really I just don't want anyone mad at me, so I said yeah. I guess. I was so aggrivated because I wanted to say "Yeah, atleast I didnt do it to myself. Guess I'm just lucky, huh?"
~ All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wonder are lost...
god i totally agree. my friend thinks i'm a jerk for thinking like that?
I 99% agree with you, but in some cases T2 people have to go on insulin, much like a T1. I'm not saying my grandfather knows exactly how I feel, but he is on Lantus and Apidra and checks his blood sugar as often as I do.
I am not saying I don't like Type 2s, but people get us confused and when they say I need to lose weight or I can't have candy I get mad. Geeeerrrrrrrrr.
I agree totally with everyone here who is saying the media makes people think that we cause ourselves to have T1. We don't! Honestly, in my opinion, they shouldn't even call type 2 diabetes type2 diabetes because it is completely different. different causes, effects, lifestyles, etc. T1 should just be called diabetes and T2 some other name. The media never clarifies which type they are talking about in articles about obesity, etc. and like in health class the other day, we were watching the movie "Supersize Me" and they were talking about diabetes a little and said something about if the diabetes is diagnosed between ages 7-16 (or something like that) the life span is shortened by anywhere from 10-17 years. That made me mad.... but anyway Type 2 is so much different, but people don't understand. They will say things like "oh, but she's not fat. Did she have to lose a lot of weight to stay alive?" (okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration.(: ) and it makes me so mad that even if they did change the name of T2, people are still uneducated and wouldn't care to educate themselves or at least think before they say things, because usually what they say are misconceptions or myths or just plain made up dumb ideas. and the news has had so many stories, articles, videos, etc. about obesity and how it makes you get diabetes or how America is so fat and we are all overweight and whoever is over weight is diabetic (not specifying which type). okay, well I'll be done ranting for now but apparently you all know how i feel anyway because you feel the same way(:
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"You see, freedom has a way of destroying things."
I had a friend die from t2 a month after i was diagnosed. I dont know if I could have stopped her,well maybe i could have. Maybe I could have did something to talk her out of it but what would that have done. She would have seen me like she saw every one else,from the outside looking in. She would thought of me as a hypocrite and not her Diabetic best friend. Take it as you will. - The Poet
Please everyone we are just one big diabetic family yes some type 2 do bring on diabetes but other don't but all this infighting does not help to find a cure we are all fighting for the same thing a cure
I am diabetic I will live I will win
This is true - but even when they "bring it on themselves" they don't really. No one asks for it! The thing I don't like is when an old lady will say, "Hey, we're like the diabetes sisters now!" I get so uncomfortable!
Emily, what do you mean when you say they never really bring it on themselves?
I mean to say a person can make mistakes or have unhealthy habits, but does not ask for type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, I entirely understand that type 2 is ENCOURAGED by unhealthy habits, but type 1 isn't. So it's not like I don't get what it means, because it's really different than type 1. And trust me, it drives me CRAAAAAZY!!!!!!! that people always mix up types 1 and 2. Like, I ate too much candy and was fat so now I have the same diabetes as your grandma/granpa/Uncle Jimmy? No. I definitely know!