I was extremely bored yesterday so went to the local Library. As any parent, we're pretty much experts on T1, but thought "what the heck, I'll check out a book about T1 to see if I can learn anything new". So, checked out "Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies".
I found something VERY interesting in this book. Let me back up to diagnosis time in January of this year. As his endo came into our hospital room, I, like most people, was very confused as to how my son could have gotten diabetes as I was under the impression that it came from poor diet, lack of excercise, etc. I had NO idea the difference between T1 and T2. The Endo explained to me that T1 and T2 are EXTREMELY different and she said (and I quote) "Really, these diseases shouldn't even have the same name".
Fast forward to my reading of Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies. The author of this book, Alan L. Rubin, MD, touched on this topic. On p. 27 of this book, there's a section called "On the hunt for a better name". He is asking the families and patience of T1 to submit their ideas for a new name for the disease.
If you have a suggestion for a new name, write him at email@example.com
What would YOU rename it if you could?