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  1. Tim
    Tim July 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | | Reply

    Speaking as someone who was misdiagnosed as Type 2 (a fairly common occurrence), I honestly feel resentment at having to deal with this disease while there are so many (but not all) Type 2s who do not take their care as seriously as they should. This perception is often transferred to me, as if “I brought it on myself.”

    This concept is one that ALL diabetics face. Few of us develop diabetes of either kind unless we have the gene(s) for it, though its onset is triggered in radically different ways.

    Type 1 is like you’ve been thrown right into boiling water, whereas Type 2 is like the frog that sits in the pot and doesn’t notice as you turn up the temperature. Either way, you get cooked if you don’t do something about it. We’re all in this pot together.

  2. Fairplay
    Fairplay July 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm | | Reply

    Apologies in advance for the rant…

    “At the end of the day we all have to deal with the same complications, the same risks, the same frustrations.” Nope. Not even close. I realize that there is a segment of folks with T2 that have to manage in a manner similar to those of us with T1, but by and large, this is not the case. If you look at CDC stats, about 14% of adults with either T1 or T2 use insulin. Since roughly 5-10% of all diabetics are T1, then it reasons that only about 13% of people with T2 use insulin. The overly simplistic lumping together of these two very different conditions doesn’t exactly make me want to, well, hang out. It’s infuriating. Eating healthy, exercising, and swallowing pills is NOT “the same” as counting the carbs in every single thing that you eat (then considering the effect that the protein, fat, and fiber in your meal will have your absorption of them), figuring out bolus and basal rates (then having to constantly tweak them), trying to find new real estate on your skin because you don’t just have pump or injection sites, you have CGM sites too (and maybe some lipohypertrophy from a favorite injection site you had as a kid), never sleeping through the night because you’re afraid you’re going to go low and end up dead in bed. The list goes on and on and on. Your comparison screams of naivety.

    As for the “boiling water” vs. “rising temperature” analogy, T1s are thrown into boiling water without a choice, but most T2s willingly step onto the burner. You can’t really argue with the well-documented concurrence of rapidly rising rates of obesity and T2 in the US. I realize that there are exceptions to every rule, and that there is a strong genetic component to T2, but lifestyle is largely a choice, and it’s the trigger.

    Want to learn more about T1? Volunteer at a summer camp for T1 kids. It’s the best education on the topic that you’ll ever get.

    I applaud the work that you’re doing on behalf of people with T2 and your goal of uniting the T1 and T2 crowds. I would urge you, however, to change your tactic for the latter cause.

  3. Atkins Diet
    Atkins Diet July 21, 2012 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    I am really interested with those people who have diabetes,.. i am working/writing about diabetes (diabetessymptomchecker.com) since then, so maybe that’s the reason why im so interested.. it’s a heart warming, when knowing someone even though having health issue, you can still see the drive and feel how positive the person is handling their lives! how inspirational! keep on posting and keep on inspiring more people!

  4. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog July 21, 2012 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    I just happened to share a cab with Bea on the way to a diabetes conference and I’m so glad I did. I really got to know Bea on a personal level that maybe I wouldn’t have otherwise, partly because my focus is type 1 in children. But what I learned about Bea is that she is such a genuine person. She may not walk in the same shoes as I do, but she’s always there on Twitter or Facebook cheering me, and so many others, on. I’m so thankful to have her as a friend!

  5. Kelly Rawlings
    Kelly Rawlings July 27, 2012 at 6:04 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the guest column and congrats on the DSMA Live en Español radio show, Bea! And most of all, thanks for talking about the ways that joining together makes us stronger and better able to help one another. You know I always say, “Got diabetes? Then you’re my type.”

    I’ve lived with type 1 for 39 years and I’ll admit, I used to be a bit suspicious about the “other type” of diabetes (OK, now we know there are other types and subcategories of types—at the core, our blood sugars aren’t in the healthy zone without intervention).

    But like with many things, the more you know …. Some of my increased understanding of disease progression, will to take care of myself, and desire to advocate for all people affected by any type of diabetes has been inspired by the fabulous people with type 2 who, like me, struggle to keep blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol in check manually. Geez, the amount of time and energy that takes! We may go about treatment a bit differently, but so do I and say, athlete Jay Hewitt, who lives with type 1. I respect other opinions, but I say we’re better together.

  6. Martha
    Martha July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am | | Reply

    I have had Type 1 for 54 years and I have always felt it is harder for Type 2′s because they are usually [used to be] older and have to learn new ways of eating etc. But that isn’t always the case. I was lucky to be diagnosed at 11, had a family that ate well balanced meals, and a Mother who didn’t like sweets. There is a lot to keep track of when on a pump, but people on meds have to balance things too. Great that you are doing so much Bea!

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