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"Little Common Ground" (re-posted due to spam comment)

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:04pm
“Beyond 'I'm a Diabetic,' Little Common Ground”, The New York Times, N.Y./Region

Is research for type 1 diabetes undercutting type 2 diabetes - Is the current plethora of media coverage for type 2 diabetes blurring the historical boundaries between the public’s perception of type 1 and type 2. Are organizations who focus solely on raising money for type 1 research performing a disservice to each classified type by spreading potential research funds even further?
Read this controversial article in the NY Times and let me know what you think…
"Yet the number of Type 2 diabetics is so large, and growing so rapidly, that Type 1 parents often say they fear that their children's plight is being lost in the din of the larger problem with the similar name. They often bristle when their children are mistaken for Type 2 diabetics, fearful that their children, and their own fund-raising efforts, are being muddied by the stigma that clings to the other disease."

"I understand where the separatist attitude of the Type 1 people is coming from," said Rudolph L. Leibel, director of research at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. "But I question whether it's in anyone's best interests."

"The Type 1 forces make no apologies. They argue that a Type 1 cure is possible, and that a dollar devoted to Type 1 is not necessarily one taken from Type 2."
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