Can you go from being a type 1 diabetic to a type 2

By melissa1987 Latest Reply 2011-12-16 02:58:37 -0600
Started 2011-12-11 12:45:31 -0600

Hi I am new to this site and it seems like a good site for diabetics, I am 24 and just got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes … I am constantly getting lows , I take 2 shots a day nova mix 30/70 , I eat my meals like I'm supposed too but I still get lows… My question is is it possible to go from a type 1 diabetic to a type 2? Has it ever happened b4?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-12 23:08:21 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa, a coworker and I were diagnosed at our Annual Gala. She went to the dr. before I did and was type 1. I am type 2. She started off with two shots a day. by the end of the year she was off the shots and was on metformin twice a day. She is now off the medication and on diet alone. Her A1C was much higher than mine. I am working on getting off the medication.

Take your time. You may or may not ever be off insulin shots. However, one never knows. My problem was highs all the time. I kept my meter readings in my log and I did a spread sheet of what I ate, when I ate it, how much and the date and times. I took this to my doctor and he changed the times for me to test my blood sugar to see if there was a pattern. My problem was even though I worked 8:30am-5pm I am basically a night person so I would have my evening snack at 11:00pm and in bed by 1am. I changed my eating times to more normal hours and my blood sugars leveled off. Different things work for different people.

Log your readings and when you take your shots. Keep a journal of everything you eat and take that to the doctor and discuss it with him/her and ask to see a nutritionist who can help you plan meals and what to do when you exercise. Then keep a log of the new changes and discuss those with your doctor.

Good luck and Welcome to the family

KellyJo76 2011-12-13 13:14:09 -0600 Report

Your friend must have been type 2 because you cannot control type 1 diabetes with medication, diet or exercise. You are insulin dependent period.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-13 15:52:26 -0600 Report

From what we both read we thought that also. However, when she was first diagnosed she went to the Joslen Diabetic Center for a second opinion and she was 1.5 something.

jayabee52 2011-12-13 13:42:53 -0600 Report

It occurred to me that Joyce's friend MAY be a T1.5, where it is possible to manage the condition without the use of insulin.

KellyJo76 2011-12-13 14:30:16 -0600 Report

Type 1.5 is where a person shows characteristics of both Type 1 & 2. You can sometimes delay insulin therapy with medication, but eventually you are insulin dependent. (Type 1). My Endo actually had me on metformin with a small dose of long acting insulin while I was in my honeymoon phase preserve beta cell function.

roshy 2011-12-16 02:58:37 -0600 Report

type 1, type 1.5, type 2, gastational !! soon we'll have about 10 different types!!!!

jayabee52 2011-12-13 15:33:37 -0600 Report

There is a dx'd T1.5 by the name of Russell who had posted on DC a couple months ago. He was controlling his by diet and exercise, and until I lost track of him had been doing well.

Yes he may have to eventually go on some insulin, but at that point he was fighting hard to stay off meds of any kind for diabetes.

KellyJo76 2011-12-12 17:34:17 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa, I was diagnosed as a Type 1 at 25. I am pretty sure you are in your honeymoon phase. Mine lasted almost a full year. I was like you… kept getting lows and it took 4 months before I worked it out. You have several options… but it sounds like you need less insulin. What ended up working for me was 1 shot of Lantus (can't remember the dose) per day. It gradually increased over several months and when I was done with the honeymoon phase I got a pump so I felt more in control. Don't be afraid to call your dotors to discuss. They are an important part of life now. Good luck.

annesmith 2011-12-12 00:29:58 -0600 Report

It sounds to me like you are type 1 honeymoon phase. I heard in some people it can last for a year, in others weeks, and in a very few for years…I don't know for sure since I am not a doctor. I often wonder if there is such a thing as a person that is a honeymooner for their whole life…good luck!!!!!——-ANNE

kdroberts 2011-12-11 21:06:21 -0600 Report

No, you can't go from type 1 to type 2. Your diagnosis can change but that just means you have never been type 1, just misdiagnosed.

However, you haven't posted anything that would suggest that your doctor is wrong. It's extremely common for type 1's to have low blood sugar. It is basically impossible for your doctor to set you up with the right amount of insulin and the correct meal plan right off the bat, it will take time to figure that out. Even though you are following the doctors orders exactly it's extremely unlikely that they are 100% correct for you. What you need to do is keep detailed records and then send them to your doctor so they can adjust your insulin.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 21:01:49 -0600 Report

Dear Melissa~ Please hang in there. I know it is frustrating right now, but it will get better.
I don't have an answer to you question. I wish I did. I just wanted you to know we are here for you. It sounds like Kirla has given you very good advice. I'm just adding some moral support.
You are so young and have your whole life ahead of you. You might have to change some things, and do some things different. But that does not mean you can't live a long and fun filled life. I'm sure there are many people who would be devestated if you were to take your life. Please hang in there. I would strongly suggest talking with your doctor about how you are feeling mentally about this. He can give you something to help, and point you in the right direction for some therapy. Maybe even a group setting.
I hope you take this to heart and get some help. We are here for you anytime you want to vent, or ask any questions.
Good luck
God Bless,

Kirla 2011-12-11 15:16:24 -0600 Report

Its possible you may have been misdiagnosed. Some doctors diagnose based on age and don’t really run all the tests. Your doctor should have had blood work done to see if you had a particular antibody in your blood. If you are type 1 you may still produce some insulin until the antibodies completely kill off the beta cells. I’m not sure how long it may take but eventually you will sooner or later stop producing insulin. Some refer to it as the honeymoon period.

If your really type 2, by changing how you eat you may learn to control your blood sugar and some even can get off the insulin and take oral medications and some can control with just diet and exercise. Ask your doctor if he did the antibody tests. If he did then you might need to temporary cut back on your insulin. Ask your doctor how to determine how much insulin you need to take for the foods you eat. If your doctors doesn’t know there are books you can read that will help explain how to determine how much insulin you need.

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 13:02:41 -0600 Report

Hi, Melissa,

Welcome to the diabetic connect site. It does sound like you are getting too much insulin (by injection or yours). Have you talked with your doctor about reducing it?

Pancreatic function can increase, so it is possible that you do have more insulin of your own.


melissa1987 2011-12-11 18:24:12 -0600 Report

Thanks guys, I have got blood work done and my doctor did reduce my insulin but I am still getting lows but then I get 10s sometimes… I find this disease is very confusing and I find I get a lot of depression .. Maybe because I just found out and it's hard to accept because I can't live the life like my friends. This is a good site because I don't know anyone that has it.. My doctor is sending me for more blood work because of my lows… Sometimes I get that depressed I just want to end my life… Enough venting sorry

roshy 2011-12-14 15:32:42 -0600 Report

Melissa! i understand where your coming from , i reaaly do! im the same age as you and its not easy trying to adjust your life to something completely new and extremely complex ! AND and it doesnt help when you are the only one experienceing it and none of your family or your friends can relate.
Diabetes that is out of control goes hand in hand with depression. The most important thing is that you are aware you feel this way. If i were you i would seek a counsellor. Trying to accept the condition from the very start is a very difficult stage but it needs to be adressed so you can move on with your life, not thinking about ending it.
It is a condition that you can live with easily enough. Its all about idnentifying what you can change and what you cannot change! Feel free to email if you want any one to one support. Your not alone dude!

Best of luck my friend


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-12 23:18:36 -0600 Report

Melissa, I thought that way at first minus the taking my life. I have too many things to do and too many politicians to annoy so I plan to live to be a ripe old age. Then I realized that I am eating healthier than my friends. I think it is more important to live your life the way YOU want to not like your friends. You may find out you don't want to live your life like your friends. I can still do the things I want to do and enjoy the things I want to do. The only thing I miss is walking around the house barefoot which is a no no for diabetics. Counting carbs and calories and measuring got on my nerves. I no longer measure anything.

Your life is what you make it. The world is yours to do with as you please. You can choose to be depressed or you can do something about it. Please do something about it. I have been down the road of attempting suicide and it is no fun at all. Talk to a friend, your doctor, minister or talk to yourself in a journal, but do not end your life. Being diabetic isn't as bad as you think it is right now. You just have to be more careful with what you eat, have regular checkups and get out in the world and have the time of your life.

KellyJo76 2011-12-12 17:41:35 -0600 Report

I replied above… but I know how you are feeling. I was about the same age when diagnosed and I was so angry and depressed. You just have to pick yourself up and try to do the best you can. I can promise you… once you get a handle on your blood sugar and get in control - you WILL feel better. It never goes away, but there is something about having CONTROL that can make all the difference. I never thought I would get married or have a baby and I have a wonderful husband and beautiful son. You can do ALL of the things in life that your friends are doing… you just have to fight a little harder.

rickbond1973 2011-12-12 12:35:45 -0600 Report

Ya' know what…I was diagnosed with type 2 back in March this year…and I, so far, absolutely s*ck at this. I did well for a month maybe after and got my BG tests from 300's/400's down to mid 100's / low 200's…then I slacked. Checked one day and it was 300 something. This was a few weeks ago…I hit the Internet and found this place. It helps…the people are friendly and supportive and then some…Oh…and knowledgeable which also helps. Hang in there…that's what I'm doing. Keep coming here and reading stuff…reading other peoples stories help too. I'm slowly working to get it under at least SOME sort of control again. It's a pain in the @ss, but it's certainly no reason to want to end your life.

pixsidust 2011-12-11 19:32:06 -0600 Report

All this will be fixed soon and the hardship will be a thing of the past
If I could only be your age again!
I would never feel like throwing it all away.
You will pull through and brighter days are ahead!

Nick1962 2011-12-11 19:01:58 -0600 Report

Melissa, no need to apologize for venting here, this is the one place everyone expects you to. I'm not good at the sentimental stuff, but read an anonymous quote recently that I think fits. "Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
Hand around for a while and I'm sure you'll see it'll soon get better.