First, whether pro or anti, please check your ideology at the door of this discussion. It’ll be hard, but let us all focus.
I am personally offended by the portrayal of people with diabetes by the media and various activists in the debate, not to mention how the media swallows this “stuff” without question. People who know nothing about the disease must think that we are all obese couch potatoes, with the occasional exception being some grade school girl who is sooo courageous. More infuriating to me is that these mis-perceptions are unwittingly spread by physicians with no effort to stating the basic difference between Type I and Type II.
I am also annoyed that the ADA and JDRF do nothing (it seems) to correct the stereotype beyond leaving a fact sheet on their web sites.
So the question I pose is this: how can we as a community clear up the widespread ignorance about diabetes that this debate is encouraging?