|Type 1 Diabetes, is an Autoimmune Disease,|
So once again we have hit National Diabetes Awareness Week in the United Kingdom.In a week that I should be feeling very up beat. Why do I feel so let down?
A cure was announced. (unrealistic I know)
Everyone one in the media would highlight Type 1 & Type 2 (other types) in a positive light, clearly defining the differences.
Support within education.
Everyone who wanted a Pump & CGM could have one.
A first class Diabetes Service for all
Every GP understood & didn't deny blood glucose strips etc.
What has happened to date:
Lloyds have managed to be so completely insensitive to the diabetes community & be factually incorrect.
A delightful "Statue" in Trafalgar Square courtesy of Lloyds
As usual there are lots & lots of meeting with very little movement in key problem areas? Education, Pump & CGM access to name but a few.
Media coverage still on many occasions this week, have managed to confuse Type 1 Diabetes & Type 2.
Media negatively raising the profile of Diabetes especially Type 2.
So it's been a typical week.
I just want to shout from the roof tops "for goodness sake, please understand Type 1 Diabetes, yes they enjoy life, but it's a beep of a condition that requires a relentless regime of daily treatment, support us we are not asking for much"
Type 1 Diabetes is an Autoimmune Disease
Type 1 Diabetes cannot be prevented.
Type 1 Diabetes cannot be reversed.
Type 1 Diabetes can happen at any age, male or female( usually in your younger years).
Type 1 Diabetes requires insulin each and every day for life in the form of injection or by pump.
Type 1 Diabetes has NOTHING to do with weight, lifestyle or diet.
Please feel free to add to the list.