So… I feel one of the reasons why so many Type 2s are terrified of insulin therapy is because of (some) medical professionals, not (just) because of online interactions. Many family doctors use it (almost certainly unintentionally) as a threat: “If you don’t lose weight… if you don’t get your BG under control… if you don’t ____; then you’ll have to go on insulin.”
I mean, I’m early-stage LADA, and my doctors are trying to convince me to stay off of insulin as long as possible. They’re worried about all the classics: weight gain; hypos; compliance; etc. As far as I can tell, in many places (not all) in the US, insulin is seen as the “treatment of last resort” for diabetics, whatever type they may be. With classic childhood Type 1, doctors see no option (and family doctors almost never are involved anyways other than referring someone to the ER or an endocrinologist), so it’s not an issue. But…for any kind of adult-onset diabetes, T2, T1, MODY, etc., where we here would assume insulin therapy is indicated, many (especially family) doctors seem to want to try everything else first: diet and exercise; orals; etc.
So again, I guess I suspect that the “T2 fear of insulin” has more factors to it (at least in the US) than just online interactions. Doctors, family members (T2 is highly genetically correlated), social norms and stereotypes equating insulin with “failure” and T2 with obesity, etc.