Not to Complain But...

Katie Suvak
By Katie Suvak Latest Reply 2012-12-06 15:52:45 -0600
Started 2012-11-30 23:04:50 -0600

Alright so I honestly dont like when people just say "diabetes" when they talk about it in a commercial. I mean there is a difference in Type 1 and Type 2! Just thought I would mention this. Am I the only one annoyed by this?

27 replies

Ms. DAT 2012-12-04 18:27:48 -0600 Report

Katie, consider turning your frustration into opportunity of encouraging others awareness as to the differences in T1 and T2 diabetes. Yes there is a difference but the end results can be deathly for all diabetics if not properly managed.
You know what type of diabetes you have because medical science have really come a long ways in identifying why young adults were dying in their sleep.

I know this because my sister 28 and brother 35 died years old in the 80's
at a time when doctors were in research.

So no need to complain about the commercials because nowadays the public is being more educated to Diabetes, causes, treatment, and complications. We who have Diabetes are living longer with Diabetes whether Type 1 or Type 2. I appreciate some or the commercials because their is an increased public awareness even in the pharmaceutical industry.

What I am more concerned with is the long term effects of some insulins/ oral agents on the liver or kidneys,heart circulation, eyes, medications for depression, and brain function. Live Life To the Fullest!!!

birdogron 2012-12-02 22:57:03 -0600 Report

Well Katie, it seems overall the population knows it means high blood sugar. Let's not confuse them! Just kidding. But in reality the simple explanation is type 1 means no insulin is being produced. Type 2 means the body doesn't know what to do with the insulin it makes. I think that's the simple, somewhat accurate explanation. Hate having it! It seems people should know about it because I have it. A lot of people will say "oh you can't have sugar." In reality sugar has saved my life many times.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-02 21:27:02 -0600 Report

It would be nice if they did, but it isn't going to happen. Commercials are only there to get you to buy their products and nothing else. What upsets me is people thinking all diabetics have the choice to overcome diabetes with diet and exercise. Of course that is important, and true for alot of people, but as a type 1, no matter how small I am I will always need my insulin. Believe me, I wish that was all it took for me because then I wouldn't be diabetic:)

Type 1's usually know what is directed to us and ignore what isn't.

Katie Suvak
Katie Suvak 2012-12-02 17:06:11 -0600 Report

Like that one commercial about childhood obesity they say "help prevent diabetes" thats talking about type two not everyone knows that. so if someone heard I had diabetes they would go off and think I brought it upon myself

Katie Suvak
Katie Suvak 2012-12-02 17:04:29 -0600 Report

Im not talking about what supplies to use…I just want people who only know hardly anything about diabetes to know hey not all diabetics have diabetes for this reason…or that reason.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-01 20:53:43 -0600 Report

Television and print ads are geared to specific people and people usually can differentiate between whether the service or product is for them. Diabetic commercials that are selling or giving away a product doesn't have to be specified. Any person with diabetes would know that a meter cannot nor does it care if you are T1 or T2. Insulin is used by both types also. Therefore a person who isn't insulin dependent would know that segment of the ad isn't for them just as a person would know the pump segment was for them.

These ads are not geared to educate the public about diabetes it is to sell a product/service. Prior to being diagnosed, I never paid attention to these ads because they were not something I cared about. However, I was able to tell people I know who are diabetic to look out for them. The marketing department is not going to spend the time educating the public about diabetes because some of them say you can speak to a diabetic specialist. They also are not going to classifying whether the product is for T1 or T2 diabetics, that is your responsibility as a diabetic to know what kind of supplies you use.

Katie Suvak
Katie Suvak 2012-12-01 20:26:44 -0600 Report

I want the pump soooooo badly! Anyway but people really should classify whether people have type one or type two diabetes…

Katie Suvak
Katie Suvak 2012-12-01 15:59:18 -0600 Report

Ok yes but as you said the causes are different. And when people say diabetes they often only think of type two causes…

manapua72 2012-12-01 15:48:23 -0600 Report

Yes there is more then one type of diabetes . What I hate is when type 1's get on a high horse and look down @ those with type 2 … I know the causes r different yet if left untreated the results r often the same … Can't we be a united community ??? All types ???

Debbiejf 2012-12-06 15:52:45 -0600 Report

I have never encountered this kind of interaction from a type 1, but usually type 1 has been diabetic since before the age of 18-usually. I feel bad for them having to deal with it their whole lives basically. I was 28 when I was first diagnosed, 28 years ago, as a type 2. Not much was known back then and I certainly didn't get educated about it from the doctor so I just blew it off for way too many years. I can only think that the type 1's you have mentioned aren't really on a high horse-so to speak- but think how it's unfair that they have to live on insulin, basically, rather than taking oral medication or just controlling it by diet and exercise. just sayin' :) (and yes I take insulin)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-01 20:56:05 -0600 Report

I have never encountered anyone who is T1 looking down on anyone who is T2 and if I did, I would not waste my time being concerned about it. People who look down on others for one reason or another are actually snobby or shallow and I have no time at all for people like that. It would be great if everything could be united but odds are that will never happen.

MAYS 2012-12-01 07:37:07 -0600 Report

A very good point made, Katie!
I guess that since there are more type 2 diabetics in this world that the majority of the services, products and information is directed at them, unfortunately the general public only hears the word "diabetic" so many people assume that there is only one type of diabetes and that should annoy diabetics, all diabetics.

Seeing, or reading about products, medications or services for diabetes only to find out in the end that it's not for your particular type of diabetes is frustrating indeed.
What's a close second, if not worse is when you look at the fine print and it says that you must have Medicare to become eligible for some of the bargains, or free services is also very frustrating, but that is another discussion in, and of itself!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-01 07:19:53 -0600 Report

Okay this is coming straight from the doctor's mouth, just a while back, "you have the hypothyroid an autoimmune disease along with type 1 Diabetes which is another autoimmune disease, now we are looking for something else …". I see it this way I am a person first who has these conditions, but clinically they are IN MY CASE, autoimmune diseases.

JSJB 2012-12-01 04:57:47 -0600 Report

The commercials are used just to sell you something. I do not mind the word diabetes but I do not like the word disease. It is a condition that we have but can be controlled by us and not those commercials who just want you information.

RAYT721 2012-11-30 23:12:45 -0600 Report

I understand completely what you are saying. I am annoyed by most commercials and love having a DVR. I am equally annoyed by ALL commercials for medications to ask your doctor about and especially the side effects. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms…

Katie Suvak
Katie Suvak 2012-11-30 23:07:53 -0600 Report

Its ridiculous! Its like if you dont know exactly what you are talking about then you shouldn't talk about it.