- Posted May 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your questions for Jamie Oliver
Type 1 Diabetes
I am an active 10 year-old boy with diabetes, I have come to see how unaware other people and the media are about this condition.
In your articles and press reports “diabetes” in mentioned in general and the case is made that “diabetes” is caused by obesity. Also suggested is that to prevent diabetes we must transform “the way we eat and increase the amount of exercise we do.”
That approach may be true for Type 2 diabetes, but not for Type 1. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease while Type 2 is a metabolic disease. There are over 390,000 kids like myself living with Type 1 diabetes in the UK
At age 5, my immune system attacked my pancreas, making it unable to produce insulin. I have been told that I will have to live with the condition for the rest of my life unless there is a future cure.
My health care team has told me I am not overweight or obese for my height and my diet did not contribute to my condition. I do lots of cycling, rugby, jujitsu and running about with my friends. No amount of exercise or diet modification could have prevented my diabetes, nor can it cure me, either. Instead, my insulin pump serves as an artificial pancreas.
I want to ask you do you know about the difference as you have a duty to make this clear in your reports. The general misunderstanding you are perpetuating is hurtful to myself and my parents and encourages bullying.