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  1. Tristan Rendall
    Tristan Rendall April 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    An interesting and important article Ian. However, at the risk of being ‘that guy’, can I make a small but important point? Your article makes no distinction between Type 2 diabetes, which as you state can in many cases be prevented; and Type 1 diabetes, which is an auto-immune disease that cannot be prevented. The two diseases both impact the pancreas and blood-sugar levels within the body but are otherwise quite distinct conditions, both in diagnosis and treatment. I know the Lancet journal similarly did not distinguish between both types of diabetes, but in your article, when you make comments such as funding an ‘off ramp’ whereby diabetics can move to healthier outcomes, it makes those of us with Type 1 sound like we’re just not trying hard enough. It’s this conflagration of the two conditions that leads to mis-information and in some cases, mis-diagnosis and mis-treatment. I hope you understand that this comment is meant constructively, and that you’ll take steps to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in future articles.

  2. Alex Erskine
    Alex Erskine April 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Ian, thank you. Probably the most important – and complex – global development policy issue Dev Policy Blog has addressed, and that the world needs to act on.

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