Most type 2's would look on taking insulin as a retrograde step not an upgrade! I certainly would. As to 'legitimizing' the condition ? I am a type 2, I may or may not have caused my own diabetes by my lifestyle but I do not need to be legitimized because I am what I am. I cannot turn back the clock but I can and do learn all I can now to control my condition as best I can. That is where this forum comes in . We have specific forum for type 1 and type 2 at the request of the members, not to segregate them but to offer places where type specific questions are answered. Everyone on the board is welcome to make knowledgeable comments, in any area,there are no demarcation lines, if they have the experience to do so and think that their comments can help the OP or the subject in hand.