• The Perception of Type 1 Diabetes versus Type 2 Diabetes

    The Perception of Type 1 Diabetes versus Type 2 Diabetes

    It is essentially the same disease in how it affects a person’s body but they are completely
    different in how they develop.  In most news and media reports, diabetes is linked with
    obesity and it is claimed that if more people lost weight or became more active the
    number of people diagnosed would drop.

    These reports can be upsetting to a diabetic with type 1 diabetes, it doesn’t matter what
    there body type is, was, or will be they will always have the disease.  There may be some
    animosity from type 1 diabetics towards type 2 diabetics but this would be misplaced –
    the media is creating this by not telling the full story.

    Yes, type 2 diabetes is intertwined with lifestyle choices and being overweight.  This is
    an epidemic that can be avoided.  But not all people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are
    considered obese or to be living an unhealthy lifestyle.

    Another problem with the misconception about type 1 diabetics is that they make up a
    very small amount of the people diagnosed with the disease (approximately 10% of all
    diabetics are type 1).  They are not getting as much attention in the news and reports
    because it is not a growing concern like type 2 diabetes.

    It is hard to be diabetic and read the news as it paints type 2 diabetics as people who
    should just lose weight and they wouldn’t have a problem.  But it should be noted that
    there are many people who are overweight and obese who do not have diabetes and the
    opposite is true too – people who maintain a healthy body weight are being diagnosed
    with type 2 diabetes.

    It is important to remember that not all the information is being provided and that there
    are many reasons and people who get this disease and they should not be judged because
    of it.


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