Type 1 diabetics worry about stigma associated with the disease

Despite the many differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the two conditions are often lumped together. While this may be a handy way to classify the diseases, some individuals who suffer from them now find the shared nomenclature to be irksome.

Lara Abramson, who has suffered from type 1 diabetes for many years, told the Globe and Mail that misconceptions about her condition have caused others to conflate her disease with the other. This has resulted in negative stigmas, as some have suggested that she should simply "cure" her disease by eating better and exercising more.

"We're all given the stigma of being overweight and lazy, regardless of the type of diabetes we have," she told the news source. "We're all dying for the perception to change."

One reason for the lack of understanding may be the relative rarity of type 1 diabetes compared to type 2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are type 2.