Once again, I am stepping up onto my soap box...
I don't care what kind of health care practitioner you may be, whether it be doctor, a nurse, a therapist, or an assistant. If you consider yourself a health care provider (HCP), you should understand the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Especially since diabetes has been in the news so much lately due to the increasing prevalence. I don't understand how a HCP expects to empathize or make suggestions for healthier living if they don't understand the challenges of the disease.
And please please please leave your stereotypes at the door!! Don't presume that your stereotypes about type 2 are even remotely related to type 1!! Believe me, I must also fight stereotypes because the majority of my patient population with type 2 diabetes are overweight with low activity levels. But it would serve us all well to remember that not ALL diabetics (type 1 and type 2) are "fat and lazy". Sometimes, beyond anyone's best efforts, your body just does not function how it is supposed to. Patients deserve to be respected as individuals and not by the stereotypes people place on their diagnosis.
Please educate yourself. Whether it be from my website or from some other source.