New name for Type 1 diabetesToday officials at the American Diabetes Association expressed surprise that CRAP seems to have become the new name for what was previously known as Type 1 diabetes.
Speaking off the record a senior member of ADA staff was puzzled to know what CRAP even stood for.
Readers of this blog may know that the abbreviation was first coined in a discussion on the popular TuDiabetes social networking site. CRAP stands for "Catastrophic Ruthless Attack on the Pancreas"
It's rumored that someone started a Google bombing campaign to replace Google's normal results for the word CRAP with the ADA page for Type 1 diabetes. This was done as a protest against the ongoing problem that the media has in distinguishing between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
To quote a top ADA official (name withheld) "If this disease renaming continues we'll be forced to change current medical texts so they now refer to the two primary types of diabetes as CRAP and Type 2. And what happens if someone then decides to rename Type 2 to Number 2? Imagine the confusion."
They fail to recognize that many people, including many media people, are already confused so much that they don't even realize there are two main forms of diabetes that are radically different to one another. Perhaps this renaming will clear things up - a bit.