Yesterday our local NBC station aired their "Healthlink" feature. One of the stories was about diabetes, which I know will usually be about T2. As I predicted to my wife, it was about the growing T2 problem, what is causing it, etc. They had the typical info about poor eating habits, lack of exercise, ethnicity, and a few others.
What got my blood boiling was that they NEVER mentioned the difference between T1 & T2. The implication was that T1 is caused by poor lifestyle choices. I immediately sent an email to the station objecting to the lack of distinction. The following is a portion of my response:
"As I mentioned, Type 1 Diabetes involves the failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. Without making the distinction in your Healthlink stories, many people are led to believe that the cause of Type 1 Diabetes is also promoted by excessive weight, lack of exercise or lifestyle. To put it bluntly, how can a 6 month baby, a two year old toddler or a 1st grader be suffering from excessive weight gain or lack of exercise? Type 1 Diabetes is caused by the acute and abrupt failure of the pancreas."
I am wondering how you would respond to such a news feature? Was I being too sensitive? I appreciate your comments.