Interesting article online from Chicago Tribune about tensions between those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, how they're both tired of misunderstanding, and concerns that the greater prevalence and focus on Type 2 may detract from research into Type 1 / diabetes mellitus, the autoimmune condition: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...etes-insulin-lifestyle-changes-and-medication There are some interesting parallels to ME / CFS in terms of perception, although the recognition and attention by the medical community to both types of diabetes (and I think it makes sense to use different terminology for both types, like mellitus for type 1) is a far cry from that given ME/CFS. Some excerpts: "As rates of Type 2 diabetes soar, tempers are flaring in the diabetes blogosphere, where many people with Type 1 diabetes are lobbying for a new, distinct name for their condition in hopes of clearing up misconceptions and securing more resources to put toward a cure." ... "...because Type 2 diabetes is far more common it receives most of the attention. Type 1's often hear "You don't look like a diabetic!" or are assumed to have caused their illness by overeating. "Typically, people have no idea what diabetes is or how it works," said Chicago's Laura Fitzgerald, 21, who was diagnosed at age 6. "They assume I did it to myself." Diabetes educator Riva Greenberg has repeatedly advocated for a name change, hoping that greater recognition will lead to more stem cell research. "When the two types are lumped together, it's hard for organizations committed to finding a cure to Type 1 to really get funded," said Greenberg, author of "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life." "If policymakers don't understand the difference between the two they are thinking people need to move more and eat less it's going to be hard to help cure Type 1."