Petition to Clarify Type 1 from Type 2 Diabetes

petitionType 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune attack on the beta cells. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a metabolic response leading to insulin resistance. Both forms of diabetes result in high blood sugar but the cause of each form of diabetes is different. Jamie Perez and Jeanette Collier are the mothers of children with autoimmune diabetes. They speak with us about their mission to bring clarity to two different types of diabetes. Please review the petition to revise the names of Type 1 and Type 2 to reflect the nature of onset for each type of diabetes. It would benefit the safety, research efforts, and awareness of people living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

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One Response to Petition to Clarify Type 1 from Type 2 Diabetes

  1. kristina blake says:

    One of the key benefits to a more distinct name is in the diagnosis. Type 1 can (and is) dx’d in adults. It is possible that an adult person could have all the symptoms of type 1, but believe that it’s “Juvenile” D, so not type 1 and and just figure they got lucky in the weight loss dept. And on the type 2 side, we are too aware that type 2 is not strictly adult onset – kids are being dx’d. By having the genetic factor highlighted, parents can know that it is in their family, and seeing the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, be proactive.