So Oprah decides to dedicate an entire show on Diabetes. Here are the headlines that she had on her website:
Dr. Oz's Emergency Wake-Up Call: Millions of Americans have it now—by the time you feel symptoms, the damage is done. Dr. Oz reveals how you can stop America's silent killer: diabetes. http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Americas-Silent-Killer
So what's so wrong with this?
Two and a half years old. A baby. That's how old Adele was when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She did not get Diabetes because of any bad lifestyle habits. She did not get Diabetes because she ate too much candy or drank too much pop. She did not get Diabetes because she didn't get enough exercise. She was a baby for god's sake! She ate a normal diet according to the Canadian Food Guide, pretty much the same thing as every other baby living in North America who did not get Diabetes. Her Diabetes could not have been prevented. She got Diabetes because of a faulty immune system that mistakenly destroyed the cells in her pancreas that produce insulin. It's not any different than the child who gets cancer. Like cancer, Type 1 Diabetes IS NOT PREVENTABLE. Like cancer, we don't really know why some people get Type 1 Diabetes but others don't. Type 1 Diabetes cannot be cured. Type 1 Diabetes cannot be controlled by diet alone. Type 1 Diabetes cannot be reversed. And Type 1 Diabetics need to inject insulin to stay alive.
All you needed to do was spend more time explaining this difference between Type 1 and Type 2 instead of using the general term "Diabetes and being part of those who reinforce the misconception that "all diabetes are the same". It's difficult enough to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research in our current economy when soliciting people who understand the Type 1 vs. Type 2 difference and nearly impossible soliciting misinformed people who think that Adele's Diabetes is our own fault.