"Sweet! This is great!" I thought. I was all to excited to begin reading about the new office in my hometown and the subsequent walk to be planned, but then I skimmed down the comments section:
1st commenter, jarhaid, said, "Teaching the little darlings not to cram food like they're on some mission from God would be a good start."
"WHAT?! Are you serious??!!" I could feel my blood beginning to boil and starting my not-so-rational response, until I read down to the following commenter, tobybuckeye:
The old saying is: Ignorance is bliss. This country would be in much better shape if folks like jarhaid would get "educated" before spouting off the first thing that comes to their mind. Juvenile Diabetes is also known as "Type 1" Diabetes. A common "MYTH" is that high amounts sugar consumption causes this. Research has NOT found the cause of this "Type 1" diabetes. Although many times it is found in children, even older folks are not immune to this disease. Juvenile diabetes is when the pancreas quits working entirely. Type 2 on the other hand is when the pancreas is working but the body doesn't remember how to distribute this insulin. Which is what YOU or I Jarhaid could end up with. Please get educated before passing a judgment on children. An organ in the body has stopped working and the medical profession still has NO IDEA why. Do something useful and donate to the cause of finding out why.
MORE INFO FOR JARHAID:
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (called beta cells).
Normally, the body's immune system fights off foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. But for unknown reasons, in people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks various cells in the body. This results in a complete deficiency of the insulin hormone.
Some people develop a type of diabetes – called secondary diabetes -- which is similar to type 1 diabetes, but the beta cells are not destroyed by the immune system but by some other factor, such as cystic fibrosis or pancreatic surgery.
Understanding Insulin and Type 1 Diabetes
Normally the hormone insulin is secreted by the pancreas in low amounts. When you eat a meal, sugar (glucose) from food stimulates the pancreas to release insulin. The amount that is released is proportional to the amount that is required by the size of that particular meal.
Insulin's main role is to help move certain nutrients -- especially sugar -- into the cells of the body's tissues. Cells use sugars and other nutrients from meals as a source of energy to function.
The amount of sugar in the blood decreases once it enters the cells. Normally that signals the beta cells in the pancreas to lower the amount of insulin secreted so that you don't develop low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). But the destruction of the beta cells that occurs with type 1 diabetes throws the entire process into disarray.
In people with type 1 diabetes, sugar isn't moved into the cells because insulin is not available. When sugar builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, the body's cells starve for nutrients and other systems in the body must provide energy for many important bodily functions. As a result, high blood sugar develops and can cause:
I realize his 2nd comment was probably copy/paste from a reputable diabetes website, but I was so glad that he/she took the time to do (especially considering he/she isn't diabetic, as alluded to in the first comment).
I normally don't engage in the type 1/type 2 debate. Mainly because pre-Dx, my family history foreshadowed me to have type 2. So I tried my darndest to eat well and keep active. I understand that being type 2 is not always lifestyle, sometimes genetics just mess with us regardless of our eating habits. Also, my dad is a type 2, so if I start bashing those with pseudo-working pancreii, I would be bashing Dad. And that's never gonna happen.
HOWEVER, there should be some, SOME (for the love!) type of education on the difference between type 1 and type 2. The first commenter, jarhaid, obviously had no idea what juvenile diabetes is, and yet he bashes parents and children for "Teaching the little darlings to cram food like they're on a mission from God." The only time I'm "eating on a mission" is when I'm coming up from a low with a mission of not passing out. I realize there is some form of "internet courage" going on here because he can take a stab at children with type 1 with no repercussions (save tobybuckeye's responses), but there should be some common sense politeness if you don't know anything about the subject!
I know this blog is mainly for connecting with other diabetics, but my hope is that this little rant will inspire other non-D readers of my blog to go out and educate yourselves (that is, if you must comment on a subject you know absolutely nothing about). But sometimes it just makes me furious the ignorance of the general public about this disease. And I can be patient with caring questions here and there, "Does it hurt?" "Can you ever just eat and not worry about insulin ever again?" "Are unicorns real?" OK, the last one is not D-related, but I'd like to think yes. But the question that I get that makes me turn Hulk-ish is, "What did you do to get this?" Me? Well, I was studying for a Dynamics final, so don't ever take Dynamics and you won't get diabetes. /rant
So, thank you, tobybuckeye, for educating yourself enough to know the difference. I suspect you are either a medical professional or a type 3, but I'm still grateful all the same. Now, I will go and eat my 20 g of almond salad and apple "like a mission from God".
By the way, jarhaid finally responded, "Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuze me!". To which someone replied, "It's tough when you expose your ignorance, isn't it?"