I understand that people with Type 1 Diabetes can get frustrated when the media mentions diabetes and they do not differentiate from the different kinds of the disease. To me it seems like the two diseases have very little in common, there are different types of medication, there are different nutritional and exercise requirements, T1D is auto-immune and it is perceived that people with Type 2 could have prevented their condition ( just a perception, not necessarily reality.) ( This doesn`t even take into account Gestational, LADA, Type 1.5, or whatever else they decide to come up with.)
I think people with Type 1 Diabetes get frustrated because they are lumped into the same category as people with Type 2 Diabetes and the general population has a VERY negative view of people with Type 2 Diabetes. People with Type 1 Diabetes do not want people to have that stereotype held to them. The thing that people with T1D have to remember (including myself) is that people with Type 2 Diabetes do not want to have that label or stereotype either. No one has chosen to get either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
I think from a public health and educational standpoint it would be a good idea to have more differentiated names other than Type 1 and Type 2. It seems that there is a lot of anger from people with Type 1 Diabetes when it comes to these petitions. People need to be careful not to direct their anger to others with Type 2 Diabetes, this just ruins any credibility they may have. I know that these petitions are not supposed to be an attack on people with Type 2 but that is how it comes off. It is important to remember that no one wants to have any kind of diabetes. It may be a good idea to have a name change but the fact is the general population is extremely uneducated on most health matters, not just diabetes. I do not think a different name is going to change any sorts of discrimination or anger that some people feel is directed to them. In general, I think people are going to be ignorant of most diseases until they are directly affected. A name change will do nothing to solve this.