Lets state some facts:
Type 2 Diabetes is Typically found in adults over 40 years of age and who are overweight.
Type 1 Diabetes is Typically found in children who are of average size or thin.
Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle and/or regular check ups with your doctor.
Type 1 Diabetes CAN NOT be prevented!!!!!
Type 2 Diabetes can be easily controlled and managed and even sometimes be completely reversed with maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan, and in some cases medication.
Type 1 Diabetes can be and often is ( Especially in young children ) hard to manage and can NEVER be reversed.
Type 2 Diabetes is Typically caused my YEARS of an unhealthy lifestyle.
Type 1 Diabetes is caused by the immune system attacking the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas and destroying them.
Type 2 Diabetes onset is gradual over a course of many years. Years you have to get proper test done by your doctor to help prevent it.
Type 1 Diabetes onset is very sudden, like over night sudden, and as stated above, CAN NOT be prevented.
Type 2 Diabetics Typically only use insulin if they have let themselves get to that point
Type 1 Diabetics have to inject insulin multiple times a day in order to STAY ALIVE!!!!
Now that I have stated some facts, I like to share that I personally know and love people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
My Mother ( Type 2 ) Was told by her doctor that with proper diet and exercise and occasionally medication, she can completely reverse it.
My Father ( Type 2 ) Was told by his doctor for years that he was heading down the road that would lead to diabetes and needed to change his lifestyle, He didn’t and now has diabetes, so his COULD have been prevented.
My Grandfather ( Type 2) Easily managed and maintained good health through proper diet and exercise. And never developed complications.
My Mothers friend and coworker ( Type 2 ) I have see eats what she wants, when she wants, however much she wants and it lands her in the hospital every other week due to HER OWN actions.
My Mother in-law ( Type 2 ) Was legally blind and had to have her legs amputated before passing away due a VERY poor lifestyle.
All of which stated above were also diagnosed in the comfort of their family doctors office.
My son- 4 years old ( Type 1/Juvenile Diabetes ) Was diagnosed at the end of July. Were we went to the doctor and she sent us to our local children’s hospital immediately. Were they pinned him down and gave him an IV and started drawing blood and poking his fingers. Were he was terrified not understanding why all of these people he didn’t know kept on continuously poking him, and why Mommy wouldn’t make them stop. Were we spent four days getting a monumental amount of information shoved at me, which as a parent you better understand in the few days you have to understand it because your child’s life depends on it. Then when coming home having to have EVERYONE completely change their life style. When we eat, sleep, play, Etc…
I have seen the difference first had in Type 1 and Type 2.
The difference between my mom taking a pill because she ate over her set amount of carbs compared to me having to give my son a shot when all he had was a bowl of cereal because his life depends on that shot.
The difference between my mom checking her blood sugar because she had an extra cookie and just wants to make sure compared to me having to poke my sons tiny little fingers 8 to 10 times a day because his life depends on that checking.
The difference in watching my dad sneak an extra piece of birthday cake so my son wont see because I had to tell my son No seconds because it wasn’t a scheduled time to eat, because his life depends on that schedule.
The difference between my parents having a common cold but other than that being fine compared to my son having a common cold and it pushing him towards ketoacidosis because Type 1’s bodies don’t respond well to being sick.
I have seen the difference in how a simple walk around the block can effect them. With my parents just being winded trying to get fit and my son shaky and loopy because even though I carbed him up for the exercise, on that particular day it just wasn’t enough and he dropped.
I have seen how Type 2 diabetics can afford to slip every now and then. Not check their blood sugar, or eat an extra cookie or forget to take a pill compared to me not being able to afford to slip up because it could cost my son his life.
I think that many people have a hard time understanding because they either know one or the other. I know and am very close to both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. And based off of personal experience alone I would say that Type 1 is FAR more serious. But adding months of research and studying I have put in, in the hope of one day becoming a Juvenile Diabetes Educator, it only makes my opinion on the matter stronger. And everyone in my life who is Type 2 shares my opinion after witnessing the differences first handed. And I only listed SOME of those difference.
As stated above Type 2 Diabetes can TYPICALLY be prevented, managed or even sometimes reversed through proper diet and exercise and sometimes medication.
Were as Type 1 Diabetes can only be managed and even then its like the disease has a mind of its own on some days no matter how hard you try.
Statistics say that Type 2 is more severe because it affects 90% of all diabetics in America.
However another statistic is that 70% of Americas population is overweight. Maybe that has something to do with the diabetic statistics.
I’m not by any means saying Type 2 is not serious. Just that with hard work and dedication to maintaining a proper lifestyle, it Typically doesn’t have to be. And that there is a big difference in adults having to live a certain way, and a child having to endure a certain way of life.
I hope I didn’t offend anyone. I just wanted to state some facts and my personal experience to help settle the score on “What’s the difference?” and to help spread Juvenile Diabetes Awareness.
If anyone would also like to help spread awareness I have recently created a Facebook page dedicated to that purpose. The page is named Juvenile Diabetes Awareness and the picture states the name and has a gray and red butterfly. Or you can contact me on Facebook - Aubrey Bellaire - and I can send you a direct invite to the page. The more awareness we spread the closer we get to finding a cure.
And for all the Type 2 Diabetics, I’m guessing if they find a cure for Type 1 then it could help forever stop Type 2 as well, so please join us in our fight to find a cure for this awful illness.