You don’t have to look too hard, to find the type one, type two diabetic divide. Look at any newspaper article, and type two’s are usually portrayed as fat bloated couch potatoes, stuffing their faces with junk food, until they burst. If the newspaper carries a comments facility, within a post or two, a type one will be going ape. “Don’t confuse us type ones with those fat bastards” is the barely disguised tone. Let’s not beat about the bush, many type one’s feel they are some sort of professional diabetic, us type two’s are only part timers and brought diabetes upon ourselves. On many forums, the divide is even more obvious. For shear unbridled hatred, and revulsion of type two diabetics, look no further than some pump users.
Fired ex mod SarahQ, posted thousands of posts (then deleted them all) pushing carbs at every opportunity. Her forum signature at Carbo’s failed forum was “a balanced diet is a cake in each hand” burning Bernstein’s books was going to supplement her winter fuel bill. Phoenix another pump user and basing her diet on carbs, has spent four years meddling in type two’s affairs, with a special mission to rubbish lowcarb high fat. Then we come to Jopar. In recent weeks she has told us we brought diabetes upon ourselves, lowcarbers are liars and are a drain on NHS funds that should be spent on type ones. Test strips are a waste of money for type two’s she tells us, and she refuses to sign the test strip petition organised by members of diabetes.co.uk.
This bunch of lowcarb antis, pale into insignificance, compared to the self appointed head of eugenics, A M Brennan. If this guy had his way, type two’s would be diagnosed in a van, in the surgery car park, driven away with the exhaust pipe connected to the passenger compartment, stopping off at the local rubbish tip on the way back to the surgery. These are some of his views over the weekend.
“I have not signed it and will not sign it, for a very simple reason: This kind of thing should not be decided by popularity contest nor politicians (ultimately a popularity contest again).
At the end of the day, every pound spend on diabetes care means that there's a pound less available for helping the babies with cancer.
My understanding is that there is no evidence showing that testing is effective in T2.
And please don't try appealing to my common sense and telling me that you can't know if your treatment is working without testing - that's an argument from theory, which is a bad”
What escapes this young mans highly jaundiced mentality, is the fact, many type two diabetics, paid into the NHS for 40 or 50 years before this oaf was even born, let alone made any contribution.. They paid for his pump, insulin and consumables. He tells us he pays eight pounds per day for his CGM, so that makes it alright. I wonder if it crossed his mind, that many diabetics cannot afford to spend that sort of money on food a day, for these people, test strips are an unaffordable dream. Without test strips, good diabetes control is impossible, especially so for the newly diagnosed. Maybe the have it alls, could show a bit more compassion for the have nots, I live in hope. One more comment, I have not forgotten it was two type one’s that showed many of us the way. Let’s be thankful Fergus and Timo did not come out of the same mould as the Jopar’s and A M Brennan’s of this world.