Are you writing sarcastically? I hope so. And for those reading who aren’t sure, Joseph’s answer over simplifies two very complex and different diseases (type 1 and type 2–I’m only gonna address the major forms).
Type 2 is NOT just about overweight/obesity and food. At least two things are going on: insulin resistance (obesity, inflammation, genetics, lack of fiber, overload of nutrient-poor carbs, overload of saturated fat, lack of activity–and more we don’t yet know–are some of the culprits there) and dwindling supply of the body’s own insulin (beta cells poop out after over-producing to meet the needs of the insulin resistance) and gut hormones (incretin). Most people diagnosed with type 2 have fewer than half their beta cells still functioning. Which means at least one type of med–not just diet and physical activity–should be prescribed to lower blood glucose (see ADA standards of care) as well as treatment for the typically accompanying high blood pressure and abnormal blood lipids. Not so easy to keep all the meds, foods, portions, weight loss, physical activity, testing, etc., spinning. And it’s documented that long-term type 2 that has gone for years without control is more difficult and takes more meds to treat.
True, changes in diet and the oft-overlooked physical activity can help many people with elevated blood glucose levels (not yet at diabete range) delay or prevent type 2. But given genetics and aging and unknown environmental factors, lifestyle changes don’t help everyone and eventually are not enough.
Type 1, in some ways, is simpler. Auto-immune response that kills insulin-secreting cells and shuts down gut hormones (incretins). Of course, insulin, other meds, diet, portions, exercise, yada-yada, also must be juggled.
Kinda cool that those of us with two completely different diseases have so much to relate and share. And can continue to strive together to reach and maintain on-target blood sugars and other health measures.
But diabetes is not rocket science? Well, I beg to differ. We have rockets. We don’t have cures or simple treatments for diabetes.