Center for Disease Control: Change the name of Type 1 Diabetes to Betazelltod Disease.
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Center for Disease Control: Change the name of Type 1 Diabetes to Betazelltod Disease.

    1. Hollie Lemons
    2. Petition by

      Hollie Lemons

      St. Petersburg, FL

Type 1 Diabetes is a different disease than Type 2 Diabetes and should be named accordingly and not just differentiated by a single number. Beta Zelltod is German for Beta Cell Death and there in lies the difference between the two diseases. The education on the two should be separate. The knowledge about the two should be separate. And the stigma associated with Diabetes (because you're fat, because you don't eat right, etc) should not pertain to EITHER diseases, but especially not to the 10% who have Type 1 and have no control whatsoever over developing the disease.

I believe, as a wife of a Type 1 Diabetic, that this change will help the general population understand the condition better and will also be helpful in the educational aspects of Type 1 Diabetes. (And, although, it isn't going to make a difference in this petition, it will also help those with Type 1 Diabetes deal with the embarrassing, maddening, stressful situations of having to explain the difference of the two diseases to others.)

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Ruth Howard DUQUESNE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      My 28-year old daughter is a type 1, since she was 5 years old. I am an RN, and I have had to educate other nurses about the differences between the 2 diseases. The stigma is widespread, even among health care workers who should know better.

    • Molly Biehl LEVITTOWN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Type 1 Diabetes is a separate and unique disease that needs its own name that distinguishes it from Type 2 Diabetes, which is often associated with lifestyle factors. Type 1 is NOT caused by lifestyle factors, and a change in name will help to increase public knowledge and understanding of the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

    • Teresa LaRock ADAMS, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Type 1 diabetes is completely misunderstood and takes a back seat to Type 2 in research and media attention

    • Pamela Winsor ROCKPORT, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am the parent of a child with type 1. We have spent many years explaining the difference and writing media to beg them to explain. Misconceptions are frustrating and hurtful, and trivialize the dangers we live with every minute of the day and night. I agree also that the new name should NOT include the word "diabetes," which will always have a stigma. Pancreatic Autoimmune Disease or Autoimmun Pancreatic Disorder or something like that would be good.

    • Grace Fulford CLEARWATER, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have relatives with type1 and I myself have type 2


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