Type 1 Diabetes: I Can’t Emphasize the Difference Enough!

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You've heard it before, or maybe don't care to hear it again. But, for those of us with type 1 diabetes, we get tired of hearing advice for ailments we don't have.

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Ok, I know I covered this in the article about differences between Type I and Type II, but I just found the following quote in a PLR package out there on diabetes…

One reason that diabetes is affecting more people and becoming more widespread is that it is a disease that is partly caused by consuming high levels of sugar. When you consider the fact that sugar is now in much of what we eat, this shouldn’t be hard to understand.

No!

I did not get Type I diabetes because I was eating too much sugar!

First of all, I was a kid and my mother would not have let me consume large portions of sugar. If I had candy, it was one piece and that was likely on Sunday when an elderly man at the door would hand out candy to the children and he would give me one butterscotch candy. Ok, that sounds creepy, but it wasn’t.

What I have, in my Type I, is an autoimmune disease. That is why I wish that there were two terms. Instead of Type One and Type Two, that there were actually two names for the diseases.



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From all of my experiences (over four decades!), there are not a lot of similarities between Type I and Type II except maybe treatment.

In a Type I diabetic, he or she is taking insulin because his or her pancreas is not working because of the autoimmune malfunction.

In a Type II diabetic, he or she may be needing insulin because their diet or exercise is wrong and their pancreas may not be able to compensate for the incorrect behavior because it is a bit tired. That is why Type II diabetes tends to occur in older people (but that isn’t always the case).



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Does it bother me that the two diseases are confused? Well, I understand the confusion. What bothers me is the propagation of misinformation. Here we have a website (and for their sake, I’ll leave them unnamed) who is selling articles for people to put on their websites (PLR) that contains the quote, above, which is misinformation for any Type I diabetic!

What does that mean to me, as a real diabetic? It means there is that much more information out there that people will read and come back to me and say, well I read this and if you do this you can be cured. They think, somehow, it is an authority because they read it online.

No, it is called misinformation. You know why there is so much of that? Until recently, Type I diabetics simply didn’t live long enough! They would die off from the disease and the complications. But, now you have a real diabetic who has lived it and is here to set everyone straight on what it is like, specifically, to have Type I diabetes!

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