What We’re Reading: Diabetes Type Confusion

By Web Team | July 17, 2008 5:12 pm

Diabetes bloggers are not pleased with a segment that aired on ABC’s Good Morning America last week. Apparently, the segment gave people tips for reducing their risk of diabetes, but failed to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The error is common but unfortunate. Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes have many of the same symptoms and may require some of the same treatments, but their underlying disease processes are different. While there are some well-known ways, such as weight loss and exercise, that can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes for some people, there is no known way to prevent Type 1 diabetes.


Bernard Farrell picked up on the story and blogs about it both at the Diabetes Technology Blog[1] and at Diabetes Daily.[2] And Allison Blass has a few choice words on her blog Lemonade Life.[3]
Both bloggers express concern that this story, and those like it, could add to a general perception that diabetes is one, monolithic condition.

Because of the complaints, ABC fixed the article that accompanied the segment so that it just refers to Type 2 diabetes. You can read the corrected article here[4]. And ABC got the distinction right in this video[5] from earlier in the year.

This blog post was written by Assistant Editor David Golann.

  1. Diabetes Technology Blog: http://www.bernardfarrell.com/blog/2008/07/abc-news-gma-confuses-type-1-and-type-2.htm
  2. Diabetes Daily.: http://www.diabetesdaily.com/farrell/2008/07/do-you-ever-just-see-red.php
  3. Lemonade Life.: http://lemonlemonade.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/misconceptions
  4. here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/Story?id=5337605
  5. this video: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/DiabetesRiskFactors/story?id=3821898

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