Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

I made a comment over on The Diabetes Blog that has since caused further discusison, some of which seemed mildly offended at what I said. I'll reproduce it here in full:

I've had negative feelings about type-2s for a while now. But I think it's sort of like watching rich people waste money. I'd probably do the same if I were rich, but as I'm not, it's annoying to see them waste something I'd love to have. In the case of type-2s, that something is the opportunity to not be diabetic, which to me is more valuable than money. But it never occurred to me that non-diabetics might feel the same way because they also have that something I'd love to have, so I wouldn't think it would bother them so much to see it wasted.

Amy Tenderich quoted me, and a few type 2 diabetics have emailed me about this. I probably should have said that I realize that not every case of type 2 diabetes is self-inflicted. Further, I think I'm pretty good about not assuming I know what someone is going through just because they fit, or seem to fit, into some generalization. I have negative feelings about a lot of groups and individuals, but I still manage to respect them and remain on friendly terms with them.

That said, the generalization still stands as a generalization. Most type 2 diabetics are doing it to themselves, and the more I think about it, the more I think this should disturb not just type I diabetics, but everyone. For the record, I also do plenty of things that should disturb everyone, not the least of which is abusing my relatively mild diabetes with less-than-healthy diet and exercise. But the best I can do is not let my diabetes get worse. That's not true for most type 2 diabetics. They can get better, and they should.

 
 
 
Scott,
I couldn't agree more!
 
 
 
 
some people in my family are Type 1 and others have developed Type 2 later. I think of a type 2 person as people who were close to type 1 at birth but were somehow granted a repreave until later in life. I have not developed type 2 but am certainly genetically inclined. unfortunately I eat and drink too much and do not exercise enough. If I do develop it I will have no one to blame. I will reflect on your comments.
 
 
 
 
To the above comment, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are 2 different diseases entirely. I have type 1 (juvenile) but didn't get it until I was 28 years old. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, type 2 is a metabolic disease, what cures one type won't cure the other, they have different causes. And it is correct that most type 2s bring it on themselves, whereas type 1 cannot be prevented no matter what, you either get it or you don't.
 

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