Why aren’t there more Type 2 bloggers?

Source: Flickr (cc) couragextoxlive
Source: Flickr (cc) couragextoxlive

This is a question that comes up now and again.

There’s a thriving community of diabetes bloggers. You can find some of them here.

Most of them are living with Type 1 diabetes. That’s the the kind that used to be called Juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. Their blogs reflect experiences growing up dealing with the stress of having a disease that (if not controlled  well managed) could literally kill you. Some tell their story with humor. Others vent their anger at the disease, the medical establishment, and the promise of a cure in 10 years that hasn’t yet happened.

There are a few diabetes bloggers living with Type 2 diabetes. You can find some of them here.

According to the CDC there are 29.1 million people in the US, or 9.3% of the population, who have diabetes. This is a number that has more than tripled since 1980. About 95% of the diagnosed cases of diabetes are Type2.

But people living with Type2 don’t make up 95% of diabetes patient bloggers—not even close. Why is that? I think there are many reasons. And I’ll be taking a look at some pondering this question over the rest of this month.