Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Christine - 14521
By Christine - 14521 Latest Reply 2008-09-20 17:00:51 -0500
Started 2008-05-14 06:36:48 -0500

Is it possible to have both types? I have been diabetic for 44 years. I am very active and watch my diet closely. Last year my doctor said I am also type 2 along with type 1.

8 replies

KANY 2008-09-20 17:00:51 -0500 Report

You know, I've only known about my Diabetes for a couple of months. But ever since I was told I had it I've been meaning to ask my doctor that question is it type 1 or 2 ??? because I've been reading about it. Yet I always seen to forget to ask!!! I get sooo bombarded with all the questions that she's asking ME,… I don't get a break to ask! BUT I WILL ON MY NEXT APPOINTMENT!!! YOU BETTCHA!! Thanks Cristine for your question and thank you John for your great answer.

tmana 2008-05-15 15:08:10 -0500 Report

Some folk refer to people who do not produce insulin and who are also insulin resistant as having "Type 3 Diabetes" or "double diabetes". (Note that this is not to be confused with "Type 3" referring to our nondiabetic family members and caregivers…)

Idgie90 2008-09-20 10:47:56 -0500 Report

Is there really a Type 3? I don't get it?

tmana 2008-09-20 16:03:56 -0500 Report

MOST sites classify "double diabetes" (i.e., having insufficient/no insulin production and/or autoimmune diabetes — aka Type 1, AND insulin resistance/inability to process insulin correctly — aka Type 2) as "Type 3 Diabetes".

SOME social networks, however, use "Type 3" to refer to the partners and friends of people with either Type 1 OR Type 2, as their lives are affected by our health and their occasional need to care for us.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-05-15 02:50:53 -0500 Report

I have never heard of someone being diagnosed with both 1 and 2. In my mind, that isn't a very accurate diagnosis. I suppose you can be type 1 and develop insulin resistance, which is a key symptom of type 2. However, if you are type 1 and your pancreas is no longer making any insulin, I would be inclined to always classify you as type 1.