{Short & Sweet} Oh No, Not Oprah!

by Leighann on February 2, 2010

The topic of Oprah’s show Thursday is diabetes.

In an ideal world, Dr. Oz would present accurate information and actually differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and dispel some common myths.

I’m not holding my breath.

The title of the show says it all:

America’s Silent Killer: Oprah and Dr. Oz Want to Save Your Life

Dr. Oz is here with an emergency wake-up call. Then, Dr. Ian Smith, Bob Greene and chef Art Smith on how to stop America’s silent killer: diabetes.

Obviously a show about Type 2, but let’s see if they actually say that.

Let’s hope they don’t disseminate misinformation to the masses!

Millions and millions of viewers.

Speaking of diabetes on the small screen, I saw on this past Sunday’s episode of dLifeTV that the main character in the show Army Wives is diabetic and they actually portray it accurately. (I.e., it’s not Steel Magnolias!)

Do you watch that show?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole February 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hey Leighann,

I wrote Dr Oz a letter because of his diabetes episode on his show in Dec 09. Not once did he make a distinction between type 1 or type 2 and actually he did not once even call it type 2 diabetes, just diabetes. Putting us all under the same umbrella and spreading misinformation to the nation . I was sooo mad and I never did get a responds from him or his show!

I truly hope that he received enough letters and criticism the last time to make the changes that this show will need to spread the truth about type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. But I’m not holding my breath!

I will try to watch this new episode but the last time I need to change the channel when he started talking about eating to CURE diabetes…..unreal, I’m still upset about it!


2 Tracy Shannon February 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

oh man..this scares me! it makes me cringe when the media starts talking about “diabetes”..i find myself always explaining the difference with Type 1 and Type 2..and the media doesn’t help this. i’m almost afraid to watch! Let’s hope for our kids sake that it Type 1 and Type 2 are explained quite well!!


3 Heidi February 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

WOW.. I have never seen that show, but I guess I will start watching and see how they put the diabetes in there. I think they did a good job of homework and hopefully can give people the right perspective on the things we deal with daily.


4 Beth February 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I do watch Army Wives, and when “Claudia Joy” started showing symptoms I wondered how they would bring diabetes into the show and which type she would end up having. So far, it’s been a very good job of portraying Type 2. As the mom of a child with Type 1, I hope that someday another show will do as good a job of demonstrating what living life with T1 diabetes is like. As far as the Oprah show, I don’t have a lot of hope of it being much different than the usual T2 information – but do hope to be pleasantly surprised!


5 Renata Porter February 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I don’t get Oprah, so can you fill me in on if they discuss(ed) type 1 at all. If not, maybe we should think about writing in to the show.


6 Cherise February 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I am a huge Armywives fan! Lol, not because I am one but it’s cool to see how armywives are…the show has it down! I was excited to see Claudia Joy being dx’d with diabetes, the denial and the emotional/depression that goes along with it. I don’t watch Oprah often but I’ll be watching it tomorrow.


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