January 1, 2013

What Is Happening to Type 2 Bloggers?

Making my review of type 2 bloggers in the last two weeks, I was very surprised at the number that have deleted their blogs entirely. What happened?

I know that a few have exited to Facebook and they are active there, but the rest I have not found on Facebook either.   It is discouraging to have to remove twelve bloggers from my list.  If you read this, please let me know what happened.  A couple had been very active up until suddenly their blog was gone.

I am sorry to see many of them not blogging.


Gretchen said...

Bob, It's not uncommon for people to enthusiastically start a blog and then move on to doing different things. People with diabetes are no different in that respect.

I think there are more type 1 bloggers for several reasons. First, they're mostly younger and comfortable with the Internet.

Second, because type 2s tend to be older, they know that many of their friends also have chronic diseases, in many cases more life-threatening ones than diabetes. So living with type 2 doesn't make them as "different" as it does a child.

Third, many type 2s control mainly with diet and otherwise live a normal life, whatever that is. Many take oral drugs, which isn't too different from taking drugs for high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

True, some take insulin, but they can often control with a single shot of a basal insulin. Even with bolus insulin, type 2s usually (not always) can still produce enough insulin to buffer the insulin and prevent ketone buildup, and they can usually still produce enough glucagon to bring up lows. They're not apt to pass out with DKA.

Type 1s, on the other hand, are usually Dx'd as children or young adults, and they're immediately "different." Lacking the buffers of type 2s, they can go very high and then very low without warning. Most have gone to the ER with DKA, sometimes many times. They know that if they were stranded somewhere without insulin, they could die.

Furthermore, it's difficult to tell a young child that he or she can never eat cake and ice cream, so CDEs tell type 1 children they can eat anything as long as they cover it with insulin. This adds to the BG roller coasters.

No one can understand this who doesn't live it, and because the number of type 1s is much lower than the number of type 2s, they may not have personal support in their area, so finding other people on the Internet who understand what it's like is a godsend for them, and many eagerly join the online community.

Bob Fenton said...

Thanks, Gretchen. As usual you have excellent points.

I normally attribute much of this to secrecy and not wanting to call attention to themselves. They are daring for a while and then the desire for anonymity takes over.

Even in the informal group I belong to, I have not been able to convince others to blog. I do get the feeling that they would rather support me than do this themselves.

Yet, when I look at those that blog regularly, you, David, Tom, Alan and a few others, we are all among the elders that are blogging.