Type 1 Diabetes is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The lack of understanding as to what the disease is, how it is contracted and appropriate treatment extends beyond the general public and into the medical, nutrition and fitness communities. We are not being critical of these groups. To be fair, we had no clue prior to our son’s diagnoses. The fact is unless you have a Type 1 loved one or work in the endicronology field, you are likely uninformed.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is not caused by eating sugar, obesity or other poor lifestyle habits. There is NO CURE and a person needs many daily doses of insulin to stay alive. Approximately 3 million Americans suffer from this disease and 80 people are diagnosed daily. When a person develops Type 1 diabetes their pancreas stops producing insulin altogether. A person with Type 2 diabetes can still produce insulin but it is working efficiently. In some cases Type 2 diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes. Type 1 diabetes has no cure and you need insulin to live. Either way diabetes is very complicated and diabetics are often meant to feel as if they caused this. Disease shaming is something people with diabetes experience throughout their lives.