Diabetes' civil war

Laura Fitzgerald, 21, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 6 years old. She must inject herself with insulin daily. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Tribune)

A name change "would help make it clear they are not the same in any way, shape or form," said Hashemi-Rad. "I can't stand trying to explain the difference. … It's exhausting."


What not to say

Six things it's better not to say to a person with diabetes:

•"Can you eat that?"

•"Do you have BAD diabetes?"

•"If you'd just exercise…" or "If you'd just eat better…" (Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, unrelated to diet and exercise.)

•"You don't look like a diabetic!"

•"My grandfather had that and he lost his leg."

•"I could never do that." (Inject insulin.)

SOURCE: Tribune reporting, diabetesmine.com producer Amy Tenderich