ABC News (GMA) confuses type 1 and type 2 diabetes - againToday's Good Morning America program had a segment on cutting the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
But they forget to point out exactly WHICH type of diabetes (there are 3 main types) they were talking about. Has ABC forgotten to check even the BASIC facts?
It seems that US news media constantly makes the mistake. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes but it's NOT the only one.
Folks, like myself, with type 1 diabetes are then told by folks that we are to blame for our disease. Or that we can 'prevent' it by simply exercising.
What's even worse is that they tried to cover up their mistake by changing the associated text piece to make it clear there they were talking about type 2 diabetes.
I wish they'd consider doing a real piece on type 1 diabetes.
Maybe they could talk about how this disease is being treated in essentially the same way it was when insulin was first extracted in 1922. Or how this disease is sometimes treated as a disability by companies when they're hiring, but then not treated as a disability for the purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I'd love to see Good Morning America actually talk about the mistake they made and then combine it with a story about type 1 diabetes and its tolls and costs.
Come on ABC News let's have some real coverage of this serious disease.
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