I'm a diabetic (type 1 if it matters!)...I don't really give a monkeys how other people refer to it...I've never met another diabetic who takes offence at being called a diabetic.
This average blood level thing is interesting...4.5 to 6.0 is the 'normal' range but that has clearly changed over time as I was always told as a kid the ideal target is 7.0, but if I could get it between 6.0 and 8.0 then it was almost the same as a normal persons (in the sense that my blood levels could and would fluctuate more often than a normal persons)...then I'm now being told 4.5-6.0 is what you should be aiming for but it would be better to get between 5.0 and 7.0 as 4.5 is on the low side.
Just bizarre, but I'm not going to argue with it, my control has improved greatly since I knuckled down to it, but there is still plenty more room for improvement...slowly but surely!
The thirst thing...I've no idea but my mum does recollect the time when she almost fished me out the toilet as it was the only source of water I could get access to...so I suspect that is quite true!
And yes the fat issue is a real pain in the behind but the media need something to jump on top of...and if this helps keep people's awareness up then it can't be a bad thing.