I always wondered

By Setzer Latest Reply 2012-07-12 18:11:04 -0500
Started 2012-07-09 15:42:19 -0500

Can someone have both Type 1&2 Diabetes?

12 replies

CJ55 2012-07-11 01:33:06 -0500 Report

I was told I was insulin resistant but also T2 diabetic. Are these not the same thing??? I am very confused. Also, I was told that a T2 diabetic cannot go to being a T1 Diabetic. 7 other ppl in my family on my fathers side (including my dad) all have T2 diabetes. None on my moms side, i am the first.

Jade R
Jade R 2012-07-09 22:41:39 -0500 Report

You can have type 1 diabetes and then if your control is poor enough you can develop insulin resistance characteristic of type 2. Mays is wrong. Its a terrible situation but it is possible. Being dependent on insulin but also resistant to it.

MAYS 2012-07-10 06:05:57 -0500 Report

Can you explain to me how you can have multiple types of diabetes at once?
Having, and showing characteristics of, are not the same thing, neither is being insulin resistant the same as being diabetic (if I correctly recall).


Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes. Yet two factors are important in both. You inherit a predisposition to the disease then something in your environment triggers it.

"Genes alone are not enough. One proof of this is identical twins. Identical twins have identical genes. Yet when one twin has type 1 diabetes, the other gets the disease at most only half the time. When one twin has type 2 diabetes, the other's risk is at most 3 in 4."



red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-11 16:55:22 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays, I wish like the other's that she would share where she got her information so that all can read it in it's full version and understand it.

Type1Lou 2012-07-10 10:24:46 -0500 Report

Mays, a number of years ago (maybe 8?) my Florida GP thought I had developed insulin resistance because my BG's were getting higher and higher. I'd been a Type 1 for more than 20 years at that point. He started me on Avandia which was a total disaster (I refused to take it after the 2nd week!) but he did change me from 2 daily shots of NPH insulin to MDI of Lantus and Novolog which worked well for a while. When I finally sought a referral to an endo, they discovered that rather than being insulin resistant, I'm quite sensitive to it…go figure! This is such an insidious disease and, IMHO, requires the attention of a specialist.

MAYS 2012-07-09 16:18:31 -0500 Report

Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.
Although they both share the name of "Diabetes" they are two very unique types of diseases.

Can you imagine having both types of diabetes?
Having one type is bad enough!

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There are many more types of diabetes than the three main ones (type 1, type 2, and Gestational) that are caused by many other factors:



Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-10 05:48:58 -0500 Report

I agree with you Mays thanks for the great info. When diagnosed with T1, Endo at Mayo clinic said I did nothing wrong and in my case no genetics it was like a virus which attacked my own body!

Type1Lou 2012-07-10 10:27:07 -0500 Report

I believe that Type 1 may be brought on by an auto-immune response in the body which destroys the beta cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. I don't think it is known what actually triggers that auto-immune response.

marydiabetes 2012-07-09 22:55:18 -0500 Report

The cause of Type1 and Type2 are not clear till now, I have study the body for 10years, I still have many questions not clear…:(