Some comments heard here and there:
“They are completely different, they need different names.”
“The complications are identical, well close enough.”
“Well Type 2 can be avoided, they should not be lumped together.”
“Type 1 could not be avoided and should not be just diabetes.”
Okay….okay…slowwwwwww down. I have been hearing this argument/discussion/point-of-reference for years and I believe there is a very simple solution for this on-going debate and I actually had a chance to make it happen recently and guess what…….it worked.
You see, they do have different names. They are Type 1 Diabetes; and Type 2 Diabetes (and there are others I know). Just make sure they are always used in the frame that they are intended. I’m part of a group on Long Island called the Suffolk County Lions Diabetes Education Foundation. At a recent meeting; a local hospital stated that they were in the process of creating a commercial for one of the surgeries used to lose weight. I stated, “Do the world a favor, do not just say it helps in the cases of diabetes, say Type 2 Diabetes.” Well I heard the commercial today and that is exactly what they said.
And it hit me.
We do not need to change the name…..we just need to make sure we educate people constantly in the media and elsewhere that when referring to diabetes; just make sure the Type 1 or Type 2 is included…………always.
I’m a Type 1 Diabetesdad.