I subscribe to Real Simple (looooove), and got my May 2010 issue in the mail today. As I flipped through, I came across an article called "Numbers to Live By" in the Health section. I saw a headline of Blood Sugar, so of course I had to read it. Much to my dismay, but not to my surprise, they address Type 2 Diabetes only as "diabetes". Perhaps because I'm a bit cranky from a pasta-induced BG of 327, I decided I'm writing the editors. I'm tired of being lumped in the same category, and I'm not going to let it pass. So, here's my letter:
Although I was delighted to receive my May 2010 issue today, I was disheartened by the incomplete information you provided on page 152 (in the 'Numbers to Live By' article).
Your section on Blood Sugar simply refers to "Diabetes", although the advice and information you provided clearly is specific to Type 2. Though I realize that Type 2 Diabetes is currently the most prevalent form of this disease, I believe you owe it to your readers to be more specific. Type 1 is an auto-immune disease, and your advice to "shed any excess pounds" to control blood sugar levels does not apply to these diabetics. More information on Type 1 Diabetes can be found at the website for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=101982 .
As someone who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for the last 24 years, I can tell you that these sorts of generalizations are at best ignorant, and at worst hurtful. I hope to see better researched articles from you in the future.
I tried to keep it as sass-free as possible, but man - it was tough.
Did anyone else see this?