And here is my letter in true D mom style about a show I blogged about here! I did as best as I could with 6 kids bothering me and a puppy with a cone on her head:) Here is the link to the episode
Hello Dr Oz,
My name is Nicole I have a 4 year old type 1 diabetic daughter named Cara who was diagnosed Feb 13th 09. My family and I have experience many ups and downs on this journey of discovering our new "normal". For me the most frustrating and damaging part to Cara and the type 1 community is all the misconceptions about type 1 diabetes that many individuals have.
I happened to be watching your show about diabetes last night and I was very disappointed that a DOCTOR did not take the time or effort to inform the public about the huge differences there are between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. At no point in your show or the part that I was able to watch do I recall you referring to type 2 as type 2 diabetes. I only heard the term diabetes used, which I believe leads to much confusion and misconceptions in the general public about the two different types of diabetes.
During your show you did a segment on eating to cure or eating to reverse diabetes, sorry I truly do not remember the wording of the segment I had to change the channel in my frustration. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes and to the general public watching I believed you not clarifying this point only adds to the confusion.
I have done nothing to cause my daughter to have type1 diabetes, too much sugar or a lack of exercise has not caused my daughter to have type 1 diabetes, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, all of these and many many more are the misconceptions that the general public believe type 1 is.
I believe your show and the inability of you to take the opportunity to clarify the two has only strengthened all of these misconception that are out there. There is a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and I would have thought a show with a Doctor as a host would have made this distinction.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and if you would ever do a show on type 1 diabetes I know a few type 1 mom's that would love to clear up many misconceptions and shed some light with true facts about type 1 diabetes.