If anyone's local paper runs the Dr. Gott column (where people write in with medical questions), and reading mistruths about our disease doesn't send you into a blind fury, go ahead and read today's column. The question was "I have had type 2 diabetes for four years now. What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?"
And guess what, kids? He gets it wrong! Again! Again, another visible member of the medical community misinforms the public.
He claims that insulin-dependent type 2 is type 1, and that type 2 can lead to type 1, unless you exercise, watch your diet, etc.
I am so angry right now, that I'm pretty sure I startled my fellow co-worker in the lunch room just now at work. "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!"
I have a letter to write! And hopefully, some of you will also feel compelled to write in.
You can write to Dr. Gott in care of United Media, 200 Madison Ave., Fourth Floor, New York, NY, 10016. I tried to find an online version of the article, but have thusfar been unsuccessful. If anyone else finds it, please post a link, would you?
-A Suddenly Sour Kim