This morning on "Good Morning America," Ricki Lake mistakenly used the term "juvenile diabetes" when she meant "type 2 diabetes in children." Lake issued the following statement to "GMA":
"When speaking about my new book and AllStride program to combat childhood obesity earlier this morning on "Good Morning America," I commented that juvenile diabetes was preventable when in fact it is type 2 diabetes. This was a mistake on my part and in no way was meant to offend anyone dealing with the very serious disease of juvenile diabetes."
Type 2 diabetes is related to body weight and is therefore considered preventable. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not clear, but it is thought that environmental triggers induce immune reaction in genetically susceptible people. The term juvenile diabetes is used exclusively for type 1 diabetes.
CLICK HERE for more on both types of diabetes from ABC News Diabetes Resource Center.