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
Diabetes' civil war
People with Type 1 diabetes, outnumbered and overshadowed by Type 2, fight for recognition, resources — and a new name for their disorder
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)