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

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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.)



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