I wonder if some of the complacency is down to the health care professionals? When I was diagnosed T2 11 years ago, although I had been caring for my T2 Dad, who had been diagnosed some 30 years earlier, but had kept it secret until his health started to deteriorate, the way the nurse delivered the news to me had me thinking it wasn't really anything to worry about. I was told I had T 2, given a meter and strips, with a prescription for metformin and more test strips. Told not to worry, as it couldn't be cured, but with meds could be controlled as long as I stayed on the low fat high complex carb diet I had already been following thanks to her advice. It was ok to have 'treats ' like biscuits cakes and sweets in small amounts daily though, and I wasn't to worry. I came away thinking that I must have a 'mild form of diabetes' despite all I had seen from relatives with T2. Now, had I been told the real truth that this was a serious health problem, although I would have been upset, I would have known not to take this lightly. Their softly, softly approach doesn't work. But then neither does the popular media view that we should be blamed and shamed.