But I think maybe Amy and other bloggers are being unfair to Berry. Maybe she doesn’t know any better. I fault the media. They should know better. If they don’t they have no business covering the story. Even the news reports that purported to debunk the idea were faulty.
So, what type of diabetes does Berry really have? Type 1? Can’t be. She’s alive. Is it type 2? Well, she doesn’t really fit the profile. According to reports the presenting manifestation of her diabetes was coma. Besides, look at her. Type 2 doesn’t immediately come to mind!
We don’t really have enough information, but given that Berry’s father is African American and that her diabetes appears to have transitioned from type 1 to “something else” she could have an under appreciated condition that I blogged about early last year which has gone by various names including Flatbush diabetes, diabetes 1.5 and, more recently, ketosis prone type 2 diabetes, something of a misnomer since it’s not really type 2 diabetes at all.
If this is the disease Berry has her days of taking insulin may not be over. Diabetes 1.5 is a form of intermittent, reversible beta cell failure that can cause the diabetes to appear to flip-flop like John Kerry from type 1 to type 2 and back.
Image source: U.S. Government Via Wikipedia.