What if you could rename T1D?
I’ve had this conversation with many people who have been touched by T1D: what if you could rename T1D?
My non-official poll says that most people would rename it to differentiate it from type 2. Since the term “diabetes” actually covers both types of diabetes, it’s not always used in the most accurate way if only referring to one type. Articles that focus on adult-onset diabetes (type 2) but reference it as only “diabetes” (and vice versa with type 1) can cause confusion and misconceptions between the two types. This can often be frustrating when the goal is to educate the community with accurate information.
So, what about you? If you could rename T1D, would you? Do you feel that the differences between the two types of diabetes are communicated in an effective way?
Comment below and tell us!
Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.