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"Little Common Ground" (re-posted due to spam comment)


17 June 2006

"Little Common Ground" (re-posted due to spam comment)

“Beyond 'I'm a Diabetic,' Little Common Ground”, The New York Times, N.Y./Region

Is research for type 1 diabetes undercutting type 2 diabetes ? Is the current plethora of media coverage for type 2 diabetes blurring the historical boundaries between the public’s perception of type 1 and type 2. Are organizations who focus solely on raising money for type 1 research performing a disservice to each classified type by spreading potential research funds even further?
Read this controversial article in the NY Times and let me know what you think…
"Yet the number of Type 2 diabetics is so large, and growing so rapidly, that Type 1 parents often say they fear that their children's plight is being lost in the din of the larger problem with the similar name. They often bristle when their children are mistaken for Type 2 diabetics, fearful that their children, and their own fund-raising efforts, are being muddied by the stigma that clings to the other disease."

"I understand where the separatist attitude of the Type 1 people is coming from," said Rudolph L. Leibel, director of research at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. "But I question whether it's in anyone's best interests."

"The Type 1 forces make no apologies. They argue that a Type 1 cure is possible, and that a dollar devoted to Type 1 is not necessarily one taken from Type 2."


Blogger KSC said...

I think that whatever publicity gets more money out there for treatment and education is good. Education, in particular, is sorely needed for everyone. Even though Type 1s seem to be better informed about self care, they need constant support. The divide, in my view, manifests at the cure for Type 1. It wouldn't help type 2s, based on what I understand about it, anyway. As a result, the JDRF is tirelessly focused on it, and I think they should be, without alienating the wider community [like ADA and other non-profit organizations.]

On the other hand, to play devil's advocate, this article further convinced me that the diseases should have different names. While the long term effects of high blood sugar are essentially similar; the cause, treatment, physiology, etc are all so different.

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