Type 1 vs type 2

By Diefleu Latest Reply 2012-12-09 09:11:30 -0600
Started 2012-08-10 01:46:42 -0500

Do you feel the general public is very misinformed about the difference between the different types of diabetes and does it bother you at all?

51 replies

Jeremyz mom
Jeremyz mom 2012-10-06 10:46:01 -0500 Report

I was watching a talk show the other day and they were talking about diabetes being caused by too much soda! Ignorance is not bliss! It made me mad enough that I wrote them an email to get themselves informed before they start spouting garbage!

GabbyPA 2012-10-08 10:32:04 -0500 Report

And we wonder why everyday folks don't understand it. They hear "experts" say things like that and suddenly they know everything. It is crummy. What is worse, so many doctors do the exact same thing. Scary.

hbroddo 2012-09-14 08:59:32 -0500 Report

I dont think majority of the public do!! over the last 12 year my family has endured several ignorant and hurtful comments about this disease being my parent fault or my fault but its not!! and i have spoken to several other diabetic who have also run into the confusion!! When ever some one ask I do try and reply politely but when they are rude its just annoying and rude :/

samantha.d 2012-09-14 08:40:55 -0500 Report

Yes i recently got diagnosed with type one and someone said well at least its not type 2 and asked if it was because i ate too much crap!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-09-14 08:46:56 -0500 Report

IMHO Samantha, it just shows me just how little that person knows about diabetes

samantha.d 2012-09-14 08:50:29 -0500 Report

Yes ! It made me think about how i will be going back to school soon and a lot more people will be un educated about diabetes!

GabbyPA 2012-09-18 01:59:08 -0500 Report

That is why you will have all kinds of opportunities to help people understand what it's all about. It takes repetition and sometimes you will want to scream, but the more you educate your friends and peers, the easier it will be for you in the long run.

herigoagain1 2012-08-26 12:10:23 -0500 Report

I have to be honest here. I can't let it bother me when in reality I really didn't know before I was diagnosed Type 2. As prevelant as it is in todays world people just don't really understand diabetes and I don't think they realize it themselves. I don't know how many times I have been asked..do you have the type where your sugar does low or the kind where your sugars are real high? I had to educate myself over diabetes and it's really sad since I had so many family members before me with it.

JSJB 2012-08-26 03:29:11 -0500 Report

Yes, Some people or I should say alot of people do not even think about diabetes unless they see a commercial on tv. I know I didn't and now I read up on whatever I can to understand it and controll it if I can.

Nana_anna 2012-08-25 11:47:24 -0500 Report

Oh yes! My mother didn't even know the difference between type 1 & 11 of diabetics. When I told her about it, because her new husband was a diabetic I asked her what type he was, she didn't know. Its very important to know and to learn how to take care of someone with diabetes.

nzingha 2012-08-25 06:30:07 -0500 Report

yes i think so…even i am not too sure about the difference, especially after you have been put on insulin. i keep asking..does that make me a type 1 diabetic?

jayabee52 2012-08-25 10:27:58 -0500 Report

generally speaking If you were Dx'd as a t 2 you'd be a T 2 on insulin.

With T 1 generally it is due to an infection causes your immune system to attack your beta cells in your pancreas either killing them or making them inactive.
then there are those wh9 are made T 1s through an accident or disease (like cancer) and the pancreas must be removed.

generally speaking, however, once a T 2 always a T 2.

Tricia.Haley 2012-08-21 09:46:57 -0500 Report

Yes!!!! This happened to me yesterday and I hate it! I don't think people even understand that a type 1 exists or that is different then type 2. People always tell me that I'm too young to have diabetes already…so annoying!

Diefleu 2012-08-12 18:02:40 -0500 Report

It seems I've sparked a good debate here! I love everyones responses. I myself get quite bothered that for such a leading disease were are completely uneducated as a society. Type 1… Juvenile diabetes.. A disease that can not really be prevented. A disease where no matter how much salad you eat and how much you work out, you will always be on injections. For how lil the public know everyone you say you have diabetes, Joe f face, jumps in and tells you what you have to do to stay healthy and how his aunt lost her foot to the die a beaty's. Because obesity is so prevalent in America type 1 often takes a back seat to type 2. And although juvenile diabetes infers kids… We still have it in our 30's, 40's, 70's, & 80's!

Jccandals 2012-08-13 02:35:35 -0500 Report

my type one hubby said to say this: he said it is the unforgotten.. and too many ppl associate all diabetes with obesity, and that he agrees that the stigma when ppl say diabetes is the instant ( ohhh..your obese and need to take care of yourself better), he said he agrees with me the label for "all" needs to come off, but agrees with you that it's the forgotten type because ppl connect all diabetes with what they know from the media. However, he said to add that all ppl with diabetes, type one (IDDM) or type two need to conscientious of their diet, for many reasons, he points out that insulin, ( which is a hormone) is important with exercise but cautions on "insulin sensitivity". Thus, needing to regulate their insulin more often during exercise, probably before and after.

roshy 2012-08-12 17:28:34 -0500 Report

at the moment in Ireland there has been massive media attention with increase numbers of type 2 diabetics and i hate to admit this but i ffel like type one is like the 'forgooten diabetes'. Im adicted to all these health programmes and every time the professionals speak about diabetes is annoys the be jaysus out of me when they just say 'diabetes'! they say something like 'people who are overweight are at risk of diabetes.' but distingush between the different types. or if the average joe or Jane is asking what diabetes do you have , is it the dangerous one or the other one?? that can annoy me iswell. I guess you just have to accept that diabetes doesnt effect everyone so not everyone is going to be educated about it but i wish when the medical porfessionals are talking about it they could at least say whether they are talkin about 1 or 2 !!! i know theres more types but we wont even go there!!!

genniedevera 2012-08-12 08:02:27 -0500 Report

Let me add that she said my a1c is 7.6 and to check my bg and monitor it. Also that I don't have to check everyday. Why didn't I ask questions? Bec this d word was just dropped on me I had no idea I will be told I'm diabetic. Didn't really have time to digest what I was told at the time. I didn't know what to ask…

tabby9146 2012-08-12 22:47:53 -0500 Report

check every day, when first diagnosed, many doctors will say check 2-3 times per day, many will say first thing in the morning and then 2 hours after a meal.

genniedevera 2012-08-12 07:46:36 -0500 Report

I, myself, was nit informed. My doc just told me I'm type 2. She didn't tell me what NOT to eat or exercise. She just told me to take my mess 2x a day and come back in 3 months, exercise to lose weight… I weigh 116, how much weight am I supposed to lose??? I thought diabetes is diabetes…whether you're type 1 or 2… when I tell ppl I'm diabetic they ask me if I'm type 1 or 2, then they say they don't really know the difference… i think it's not just being misinformed, it's a lot of lack of information… I'm just doing my own research and I'm really glad I found this community and be able to talk about this disease. To me, you can tell me all you want, but if you're not living it…you don't know what it's like…

Jccandals 2012-08-12 02:22:45 -0500 Report

This has been part of my battle, my husband is a type one, I am a type 2, we both had complications as children ( mine at the time being low blood sugars) and his being high, as opposite as they seem, his pancreas shutting down, and my insulin not working correctly, low, then high, then gestational diabetes, then prediabetes, and now type 2, we both have similiar things in common. We both have to still stay physically fit ( why?) because we both know our blood sugars and our body work better with our medications and our foods if we do. We both have to eat correctly, so he gets more potatoes then i do, but we have to work together. We both have to make our appointments and be aware of how we feel. We both can run low and high throughout the day if we eat the wrong thing or exercise too much, etc. It is true ppl in the world should never assume that just because a person is diabetic that they are overweight and be insensitve. The general public should be more aware, in some ways there are differences and they are misinformed ( but I will say that i think that the real issue not whether someone is different because they "caused" themselves to become diabetic). I know no one's post meant to imply that, but I know for us it was a touchy subject. I always thought that my husbands diabetes was worse than mine because he was type 1, wrong answer, his readings are alot better than mine. I was seriously misinformed. Its not the type, everyone needs to take care of themselves and no one should assume that just because they are diabetic they are not, thats between the individual and their doctor or what they are willing to say on these posts.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-11 07:17:33 -0500 Report

Before my diagnosis I always exercised, ate right, etc… Upon diagnosis they said I was T2 at hospital. Nope I was a T1, I get the same thing, you don't look sick, etc. Some people have gone as far as saying that all I gotta do is take care of myself and I will no longer need meds! I will always need my insulin, it's a given fact! This does bother me that people think I am making the right choices after my diagnosis when they don't know that I did so even before my D!

annesmith 2012-09-18 02:25:11 -0500 Report

I seem to get quite a bit of " But you look so strong." Ha, ha. I kind of laugh at the person, then I explain diabetes in more depth to them. I have had blood sugars of 300-600 and looked strong. Many many people I have worked with over the years, they seriously think all diabetics are not TRULY diabetic unless they are under age 18, they look weak, they have glasses, and they are always sick. I am not really mad at them, just very frustrated sometimes. For example, one day about 2 years ago, a co worker asked me if I take insulin everyday. I explained to her that I have had slow acting insulin, but that my body still produces 5%-10% of my own insulin. She then said " Oh, I see, you are one of those that is barely even a diabetic..you're not even diabetic then." I was very surprised the person thought this, but she seemed to have a bit of attitude to her, so I paused, and briefly said " No, I am a brittle diabetic, I am nowhere near being a pre-diabetic. I have been diabetic since I was almost 2 years old." She said " That'd be impossible." I said " Well, I'm telling you the truth..don't know what else to tell you. " She got mad then, and walked off in complete anger. ANNE

GabbyPA 2012-08-10 20:58:47 -0500 Report

Yep. Heck, there have been discussions here that have shown that even as diabetics we can often be ill-informed on the differences. I know I learn a lot about it here.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-10 16:28:08 -0500 Report

They absolutely are misinformed! It bother's me that I have had to explain/correct so many medical personnel as well. Being a type 1, I often get the speech about diet/exercise to stop meds even though It doesn't apply to me, nor do I need to drop weight. They automatically think we are all type 2 and have options:(

I hope to be around when they discover how to cure me.

Jccandals 2012-08-12 01:35:54 -0500 Report

yeah thats difficult because you have no options, but not all type 2 diabetics are overweight either, just want to remind ppl of that, I was type 2 even when i was not overweight, my system just didnt work correctly.. I think docs explain things differently but I know I got several different interpretations of what type 2 was also. One thing is for sure Type 1 diabetes are not able to become nondiabetic through weight loss. However they still can be obese, and they can be underweight also. My husband use to be terribly skinny, hes a type one, but now he is a little overweight. But you are correct until they find a cure for type 1 diabetics they will remain so.. Some type 2's are not able to have their situations reversed either though, and they can take insulin also

Jccandals 2012-08-12 01:53:25 -0500 Report

I will add that my family has a history of diabetes, and I had blood sugar levels fluctuate even in adolescence, type one, nope because my pancreas is not the issue, its more of an insulin resistance issue. overweight then, nope i was skinny as a rail, but there may be past eating disorders connected with mine which may make the difference on why my body reacts to food the way it does, who knows?

MAYS 2012-08-10 09:52:58 -0500 Report

Yes it does bother me, and yes the general public is misinformed concerning the different types of diabetes.
Due to the fact that most of the information on diabetes that is featured in the media is concerning type 2 diabetes and the obesity epidemic, type 1 diabetes takes a back seat and Gestational Diabetes is hardly ever mentioned at all.

Most people do not know that there are multiple types of diabetes outside of the three main types (type 1, type 2, gestational, some of which are never, ever mentioned unless you really research the subject of diabetes!

There will always be a debate as to whether or not they are actually different types, or variations of the previously mentioned ones excluding gestational diabetes.



kristwn 2012-08-10 09:48:33 -0500 Report

There's more of a difference between type one and type two than just how you acquire it, treatment for possible reversal is very different and if your a type one there isn't really much youcan do about it where as type two is often caused by lack of exercise and life choices and often this can be changed! I also have net some older type twos who aren't on insulin, which is different of course than type one! I just tend to educate people on te difference when I get comments because it often fustrates me!

kristwn 2012-08-10 08:46:34 -0500 Report

But I don't think this is a bad thing that the general public doesn't know the difference that's what education is for! And overall the end goal is the same just sometimes how we get there is a little different!

dietcherry 2012-08-10 08:51:18 -0500 Report

But how best to educate them? There are many many people walking around who dont even know they have D; this is very scary as untold damage is being done and they remain unaware :(

dietcherry 2012-08-10 08:34:30 -0500 Report

Yes the public is woefully misinformed about D. Im a childhood T1 and now that Im older and tell folks Im diabetic, they usually say But youre so fit and slim!!! They equate D with being overweight and lazy and that ALWAYS bugs me.

Because T1 is an auto-immunity disease and T2 is characterized by insulin resistance, I think that the cure for each when they do come (God willing) will be different. There are varied things that cause resistance: pregnancy, medication, lifestyle, diet and Im sure more things we have yet to discover; and T1s can experience insulin resistance too at some point. But the etiology of T1 differs from T2 in that it is caused by the destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells by the bodys own immune system.

I dont want to be thought of as someone who made poor choices for myself and brought on a disease that could have been avoided; unfortunately this is public perception and it negatively affects ALL diabetics.

Jccandals 2012-08-12 02:27:19 -0500 Report

I like the way that you posted the differences, right on, T1 by auto-immune and T2 by insulin resistance, and I think neither wants to be categorized by poor choices, even if they feel as though better choices may help out their health, it should never be labeled as such.

dietcherry 2012-08-12 16:46:05 -0500 Report

Thanks and lest I discount the fact of all the gray area in-between, click on the link MAYS provided above to REALLY get enlightened!

Jccandals 2012-08-13 01:53:29 -0500 Report

I read it and it is a pretty good article.. been in and out of dietary meetings and discussions with docs all my life in re to diabetes.. but it's nice to be involved in a group that fills in all those other questions and that have members who can relate

ChrissyRI 2012-08-10 07:56:51 -0500 Report

The only difference between type 1 and type 2 is how you acquire it. Type 1 your body doesn't make the insulin. Type 2 it either doesn't make enough or your body doesn't use it. Either way, it is virtually the same thing.

Jccandals 2012-08-12 01:58:14 -0500 Report

I agree, with my husband and i being one of each, we share many of the same struggles. I think ppl are misinformed with labels attached to each, different types of ppl fall under each category, its not good to put labels on ppl. Such as Type 2 are overweight ( not necessarily) and that type 1 got it from some immune situation, did ppl forget that some of this stuff is genetic and can be caused from other reasons too.

ChrissyRI 2012-08-10 07:55:27 -0500 Report

I don't think its very different. We share the same struggles. I do think the general public is misinformed on diabetes in general, not by specific type.

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