[IP] adult-onset type 1
My philosophy is, you are not really a Type 1 (former juvenile diabetic)
unless you were diagnosed as a child.
I'm officially a type 1, due to the presence of islet cell antibodies.
You know why I'm defensive about this? Because when I was (mis)diagnosed
as type 2, everything I read talked about how it could be prevented, if
ONLY you'd eat right, exercise and basically took care of yourself, even
a little. An article I read even used the term "diabesity." Medical
professionals are MEAN to type 2s. I think there are people on this list
who would agree. I truly believe that a skinny, 30-something,
honest-to-goodness type 2 who followed the diet and exercise plan I
followed would be able to live for years, or even decades without insulin
injections. I felt like such a failure when I couldn't control my "type
2" diabetes, even though I was a size 1, exercising anywhere from 1 to 3
hours a day. True, I don't know what it's like to live with type 1 as a
child. And, if you compared me with my cousin who's my age, but was
diagnosed at age 16, I'm sure I have fewer complications than she does.
Finally, if I'm blowing this way out of proportion, just know I've had a
perfectly lousy day today, so I should probably just keep quiet.
One other reason I'm glad I had the antibody test and was offically
changed is that I heard (don't know for sure) that my insurance company
wouldn't pay for a pump for a type 2. Like THAT makes any sense.
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