I have had a lot of encounters with people that don't know what either one is. I have Type 1, and quite frankly I find it absurd how often people don't understand what either one is, including doctors.
When I went into the hospital my a1c was 17% and my sugar was at 800. I am a healthy 25 year old male. I have made a living out of taking people backpacking, hiking, rock climbing. I weighed 112 pounds and looked emaciated. Nothing about me was type 2.
The ER doctor handed me a sheet of paper he printed off the internet about type 2 diabetes so I could read about my new diagnosis. This was a medical professional, with a lot of training. I spent one night in the hospital and they let me go home the next day while my sugars were still in the 400s. Before they let me go I saw an endocrinologist. My mom, a nurse, asked her, "how are they sure its type 2?". Her response, "Does it really matter?". The diabetes educator came to see me before I left to let me know I would probably just need to take oral medication, and that I would be "just fine".
My MD saw me the next day and let me know she thought they were totally wrong. She was certain I was a type 1. Of course she sent me to a GOOD endocrinologist and I got the proper diagnosis. It is scary how many people are affected by this, and even professionals can not make simple distinctions.
If people are too ignorant to understand the difference between type 1 and type 2 maybe it would help if they were not both called diabetes? Maybe I am thinking about this too hard, but I wanted to share this with people. I assume others may have similar experiences or some good opinions to share.
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