What’s the difference?

Every person who has diabetes or loves someone who has diabetes has found a situation where they need to explain the difference between type 1 and type 2.  This frustrating exercise is common because most people do not understand the drastic differences or they know just enough to say something that makes your head explode!  Recently we posted a list of these frustrating comments on Facebook, they included, “You don’t look diabetic”, “But you are not fat”, “At least it’s not cancer”.  Some of our friends added some of their favorites, “Eat more cinnamon!”, “You can grow out of that, right”, “I take metformin.”  We can all laugh at it, now, but when we encounter ignorant comments, we need to be ready with a good answer.  Can you eloquently relay the difference in an elevator speech?

Recently Boldsky published an article that briefly described the difference between type 1 and type 2.  In summary, it says this:

“While type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, type 2 is not. In case of type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that secrete insulin. The reasons might be genetic. The reasons for type 2 diabetes are obesity, sedentary lifestyle and family history.”
That is a pretty good explanation.  It doesn’t address all of the differences, but it is a start.

Read the complete article, here.

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