Could Type 1 and Type 2 Confusion Be Eliminated by Simple Name Changes?

In its most recent findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the first downward trend in the number of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes in decades. Yet, the release of these findings has members of the diabetes community furious. Why? Because, when compiling these numbers, there was no distinction made between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Nor do these findings distinguish Gestational Diabetes, Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA).

Instead, each and every form of diabetes is lumped into one vague category, which means that crucial information about each and every form is lost. Unable to be tracked.

Furthermore, commingled data can mean misinformation, from the media, from talk show hosts, even from medical professionals. It can mean the public perception of diabetes is that each form is the exact same. It can mean a fatal misdiagnosis. It can even mean that proper funding cannot be lobbied for.

But what can we do? How can we ensure that all types of diabetes are given individual attention, but still feel included in the diabetes discussion?


Some diabetes community members believe that the answer lies in the naming of the types—that, in order to more accurately reflect the nature of onset for each form of diabetes, revisions must be made to the classification of types. Which could mean that Type 1 would no longer be known as Type 1. And Type 2 would no longer be known as Type 2.

How do you feel about that proposed solution? Do you think that revisiting the way we classify types of diabetes would help alleviate the problem?

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