Hi Jeannie and Sunday - thanks for your replies.
I have to be honest I was being quite simplistic and didn't really think through how complicated it would be to set up separate forums. The only thing I can think of is that we specify whether it's t1 or t2 related in the subject header when posting new threads, but that doesn't stop all people contributing (and shouldn't really). I just think it gets really complicated, especially for newly diagnosed t1s, when they get advice from t2s - I don't doubt for a second it's well meaning, of course. I guess we just need to point out to t2s that these are really two different diseases and maybe we call need to ponder a moment about whether the advice we give really is useful or not.
For any people reading who are not sure what the differences are I'll try to briefly explain:
Type 1 (was called Juvenile) usually occurs in young people and children. It's an autoimmune disease where the insulin-producing cells are attacked by our own antibodies (probably after a virus) and therefore the body no longer makes insulin. This is why we have to inject insulin.
Type 2 usually occurs in older people (but not always). It can be caused by lifestyle and/or genetic pre-disposition (I'm not implying that all people who develop it bring it on themselves, though) and happens because the body no longer can absorb the insulin even though it still makes it. Type 2s use any combination of diet, medication, exercise and insulin.
I don't know anything about gestational diabetes so I won't even comment about that, and there are other forms such as 'water' diabetes but I won't go into them either as I don't know much at all. I just wanted to point out how very different the types really are. I'm really not using this to attack anyone and would hate for anyone to be offended at all. The moderators especially are excellent here and I agree with what Sunday has said about Jeannie.
Hi Sunday and Claire,
I bite my tongue in frustration sooooo many times with the irrelavent posts that happen in a thread addressing T1 problems. It IS a very different incarnation of the same disease and people don't realize the implications for how you have to dose your meds, the psycological aspects, as well as the different physiological complications. Your points are well taken and Jeannie and I will do our best to identify T1 topics when they are posted and try to keep people on track. Since it is a support forum I will never discourage anyone from offering heart felt support but I certainly will discourage people from trying to post dietary, herbal, (you know the type) of solutions to type one questions! I think because there are crossover topics, T1's can actually teach T2's that become insulin dependant lottsa useful things so this is one of the reasons I favor having the two topics under one roof.
So, yes, I will pay more attention to weeding out the irrelavence in T1 topics and try to make these threads more meaningful. (and I didn't mean to exclude Jeannie as Im sure she will also)
T2 here! I have had Crohn's Diseases since childhood (I am now 55 years old). I was dx with pancreatitis at age 18. It seems Crohn's attacked my pancreas. After countless bouts of pancreatitis, there was much atrophy to my pancreas. Though there is not a member of my family on either side, and I can go back to great great great grandparents, who has been dx diabetic, I have diabetes. My diabetes came about because of Crohn's Disease/pancreatitis. Yet, I am t2 since mine was brought on later in life (in my 40s) and I am not on insulin. Sometimes, cause is not what it appears to be!
God bless and stay well,
Post Edited (Hoping2BWell) : 5/18/2006 11:07:29 AM (GMT-6)