Why spend time talking about Type 2 on this Type 1 blog? Because it’s Diabetes Awareness Month, not T1D Awareness months. So many people live with T2 and they face some real challenges. In some ways they have it even harder than T1s. There’s so much misinformation, stigma, shame and blame. Ever noticed how diabetics seems to be the butt of everyone’s jokes? I decided to google “diabetes jokes” memes and these were one of the first ones that popped up.
Funny? Try living with T2 and then tell me how awesome it is to live in a world where everyone believes you are a lazy fat slob who brought an illness onto themselves by eating too much sugar.
Here’s a helpful article that talks about the real challenges of living with T2. Turns out T1s and T2s have a lot in common.
Chances are you know someone with T2D. And chances are there are more people around you who you don’t even realize have it because they are too embarrassed and keep it a secret. Let’s treat people with T2 diabetes with kindness and empathy they deserve.