The real culprit behind the diabetes civil war: diabetes reflections episode 4
Apparently I am being called up to join the diabetes civil war that’s going on thanks to a Chicago tribune columnist Julie Deardorff and her piece Diabetes’ civil war-People with Type 1 diabetes, outnumbered and overshadowed by Type 2, fight for recognition, resources — and a new name for their disorder.
I was in a mad frenzy after reading the piece, maybe it was because I had just received the worst shellacking of my career on madden football that morning and it was the first item in my in-box, but something bigger was clearly at play here so I took few days before I sat down to craft a response.
I am a pretty understanding guy when it comes to dealing with ignorance and please believe this is pure ignorance but this second incident offered a splinter of a questioning in my mind.
Is this how type 1 diabetic’s really feel about type 2′s?
Is there a line being drawn in the sand here? should I be up at arms and take sides in this supposed diabetes civil war, should I sink down to a level where we we are obviously being pushed by mainstream media and their absolute loath for anything diabetes related.
The real culprit behind this diabetes civil war is the media, they are the instigators and the manipulators to fit their agenda which is to sell sensational driven stories, and thus they will fabricate and distort facts to fit their agenda.
As a diabetic, I should know better and from reading this story, I should clearly respond differently to the obvious creation of a rift between the two types, for it is clearly not the diabetic community who have perpetuated the lumping of these two together but the media.
Headlines like ” UnitedHealth Predicts $3.4 Trillion Diabetes Decade” or “New report calls diabetes a ticking bomb for U.S.” intentionally lump diabetes together and their footnote disclaimers do nothing to lessen the impact the titles create.
I could point to countless headlines screaming of the diabetic epidemic which do the exact same thing, tying diabetes together onto one melting cauldron, and then it becomes a surprise act when there are feelings of discontent among us, but do this rumblings equate to an all out civil war? I think not
By the way those looking to differentiate diabetes must have forgotten that there is yet another class of diabetics out there, the type 1.5′s or LADA‘s.
Cherise Shockley, @Diabetic_Iz_Me one of the most admired advocates in the diabetic community, she has type 1.5 or LADA and am sure she feels left out of this discussion, she probably does more in the name of diabetes awareness for the diabetic community than many type 1 or type 2 diabetics I know, and yet she faces the same myopic perception we all face.
So before before we go drawing lines in the sand in a phantom media perpetuated diabetes civil war and changing names we should put more emphasis on education and raising diabetes awareness because in the infamous words of Shakespeare, “”What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” In this case diabetes will always be diabetes in whatever name you call it….you could call it Bob but once you tell someone its a diabetes variant, you will get the same ignorant self induced perception you get today.
1. A type 1′s take on this discussion thanks Sarah Jane of Sarahndipity and her post on the idiocy of the diabetes civil war.
2. Renata of Diabetic Duo has 2 kids with type 1 diabetes here is her take on this issue in her post us vs them
I simply had to add Cherise’s response to this issue it is priceless. here it is
” I think I was a
little caught off guard by the whole article. I think the subject is stupid and the points made behind it are stupid-I agree, the public should be taught the difference but hating someone because they have a more common form of diabetes is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. As a person living with diabetes it pains my heart. We have other issues to worry about! Diabetes is a a disease that attacks anyone-diabetes doesn't discriminate! This news paper article is fueling the fire that the diabetes community is trying to put out. I don't think anyone with diabetes asked for it-overweight or not. IMO, the media found another way to turn T-2's and T-1's against each other-instead of focusing on the how to fix the media and public perception. I'm upset." Well said Cherise, well said..
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