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By rdesperado20 Latest Reply 2011-08-16 11:31:54 -0500
Started 2011-08-13 03:42:07 -0500

can someone tell me the different between type 1 and 2. i do not know which one my husband and myself are. we both on metformin and he is on gillipze. please help.

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jayabee52 2011-08-13 05:41:40 -0500 Report

You should ask your Dr for clarification as to what type of diabetes you have.

But generally speaking if your only control substance is with an oral antidiabetes med. you are most likely type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is when the beta cells of the pancreas (or the pancreas itself) is destroyed by some means, either by an autoimmune attack (your body gets the idea that those cells are a foreign invader and so attacks them) or is attacked by a virus, or is destroyed by an accident, or other trauma. The beta cells are what produces the insulin.

type 2 diabetes is when your pancreas is putting out some insulin, but is not putting out enough to cover the carbohydrates which are eaten.

The oral meds try to boost the output of insulin from the pancreas. That's why I say that you most likely have type 2.

I have read where type 1s are taking oral meds, but they do it in concert with taking insulin, generally larger doses of insulin.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 06:52:58 -0500 Report

thanks for the info James. i now know that my husband and myself are both type 2. i think they told my husband. when i was diagonsis my no good doctor just told me to take reading on my meter and stay within a certain range. so i changr doctor i started seeing my husband doc. but it never occur to ask him what type of diabetes i had. i feel dumb when it comes to this illness, but every other illness i have i am up to date with it, because i ask questions. but not with the diabetes maybe is because for a long time i was in denial did not want to except that i had this illness. when my husband was diagonsis tried to get all kind of informantion on it. but it's only been 6 months when rick got sick.
thank you again James hope u r feeling great.

jayabee52 2011-08-13 10:06:12 -0500 Report

I am doing well emotionally, but could be doing better physically. My stamina is very low. I pray it improves once I go back on dialysis once again. I expect it will.

rdesperado20 2011-08-15 16:13:10 -0500 Report

how are you feeling? i hope you are doing better. i remember when my mom would go too dialysis she would come back weak and she would be all crampy. she hated it, but she new she had to go. i hope it does not effect you like that where you are not feeling well. hope to hear from you. good luck and God bless you.

jayabee52 2011-08-15 23:17:32 -0500 Report

Thank you Terri! I had been on dialysis for about 10 months in 2006-'07. I remember feeling weak and crampy, but that time I had almost died when I was found. (5 days on bedroom floor). I am nowhere close to that bad now. But the longer I had treatments, the better and stronger I felt. Couldn't trust myself to drive the first few months of treatment. I got stonger and started driving to and from treatments. I am still driving now without a problem. The only problem I have now is walking or dancing for any length of time. My stamina is in the toilet. I walk 200 ft and have to rest. I have to take my walker with a seat if I walk for very long distances and sit down every so often. Other than that I don't feel all that BAD.

Thanks for asking Terri


rdesperado20 2011-08-16 09:09:41 -0500 Report

r u still on dialysis? i admire people that r on dialysis maybe because my mom was on for 7 yrs, and you have to strong and postive just to be on the treatment.
i use to pick my mom up after treatment and take her.
i want to ask you a question, does your diabets make your heels hurt. do not know if i have poor circualation my toes go numb, i do not know if it my diabetes or RSD. it could be from combination of both. i'm sorry to hear that you have a hard time walking that you have to use a walker. i myself have to use a cane, and just recently a walker if i am going somewhere. my prayers and hugs go out to you. i hope you will get better.


jayabee52 2011-08-16 11:31:54 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your kind words Terri. Nowadays I don't have real difficulty getting around, with the exception of the tiring out so easily. I also have balance challenges so often I do use either a cane or a walker to get around, but don't always need them.

Not on dialysis again ——— yet. I will see my nephropogist on Friday. I expect that after that I will be on dialysis.

I do have burning neuro pain from knees to toes. I do not have particular problems with my heels, but every person with diabetes is different. Each seems to have his/her own little wrinkle with symptoms. I know nothing of RSD. I've not had it nor has anyone with whom I have been associated. I looked it up and it sounds nasty. I am sorry you have that.



RAYT721 2011-08-13 04:29:02 -0500 Report

For one thing, your doctors should have told you when diagnosing you. That would definitely be a great question for the doctor(s).

Most of us are Type 2 as Type 1 for the most part (with exceptions) begins at an earlier age. The difference is the way your body processes or doesn't process insulin. It is not the medication that determines the type of diabetes but rather the medication is used for the treatment. It would be incorrect to say that insulin is only for one type and oral meds for another. Surely there are tests that determine which type of diabetes you and/or husband have.

Diabetes, regardless of type, is a condition that relates to how carbs (not just sugar) affects your body. The focuses for control because there are no cures include diet/weight, exercise and medication when necessary. Education is also important which is why support groups like this one are also helpful in asking and answering questions as well as being here for each other through the ups and downs, successes and failures.

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, be prepared for a roller coaster ride. Buckle up!!!

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 07:37:01 -0500 Report

thanks Ray for the info you know so much is becacuse you ask all the right questions. my doctor was a quack he gave me a meter told what range where i should be and that's it. so i change dr i see my husband doctor and he is so concrern with our diabete he has blookwork every 3 months he always checks our feet and he say we are doing great that we have our diabetes control. but my husband diabetes drops in the morning and his nurse that comes to the house is always telling to give him oj or milk to bring his sugar level up. with info you gave me i think we both are type 2.
believe me it's been a roller coaster with my husband diabetes. mine is usually stay in the range of 140 to 170, but when it gets 100 i feel bad and i usually drink a 1/2 cup of oj to feel better.
take care Ray

grandmaducky 2011-08-13 10:51:15 -0500 Report

Thats what we do learn something every day and its helps me to apply stuff and when i go to doc and just don't know what to ask but ask what i want to know about then. MY doc makes me go every three months too so by the time i have to go again i have at least 1 new question to ask i am fast out of the gate like what do i need to do right this min. to fix this then i slow down and question everything to get were i want to be. just remember it takes time to get all the answers and i still think we will never have them all .we just have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going good luck on your and hubby walk hold hands and giggle it will be fun

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 14:46:42 -0500 Report

thank you grandmaducky for that advise. my husband and myself will be celebrating our 20th anvi. this month. we still have alot of romance in our relationship. thank God.
our doctor does the same he checks us every three months and he will ask us if we have any questions, but i'm sacred to be honest. i'm scared that he will give us some news so i just mosey on out of there. i guess because in the pass everytime i ask questions they would tell me i had something wrong with me, and to avoid that i just keep my mouth shut. i remember 6 months ago when my husband was first diagonisis he was really sick i had to take him to the emer room at the doc office, and that when they told us he dehyradate, his blood pressure was siky high and his sugare level was nearly close to 500. they gave him insulin, saline 2 bags, and a pill to bring down his pressure. once they stablizie him the dr saw him put him on two different meds and want for us to check him twce a day whick i did and it took like 2 1/2 months to bring his sugar to normal readings. that was a rude waking for me. that when i start looking up information about diabetes and i would ask my brother-in-law about casuse he has to take insulin twice a day. you would think i knew about this since i was diagonsis 3 yrs ago, but i was unware of all the complication it can cause. so i'm trying to do my best to keep us healthy.
well tell i hear from you stay sweet and caring.
terri and rick

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