type 1 or 2

By Eddz Latest Reply 2012-09-07 20:04:59 -0500
Started 2012-09-06 13:06:38 -0500

Fasting sugar 181 and post lunch 263. How can i find type 1 or 2? What medications / diet should i start to control my sugar.

7 replies

MoeGig 2012-09-07 20:04:59 -0500 Report

It doesn't matter. You have to control your blood sugar, and based on what you say, you should probably be on insulin. It puts you in control sooner and you don't have to guess what level of what meds to take. Remember the goal, keep you A1c in the 6's…that's all that counts. Type 1 or 2, who cares, it's only a number…good luck and avoid complications at all cost.

Type1Lou 2012-09-07 17:21:24 -0500 Report

There are more than 2 types of diabetes although Type 1 and Type 2 are the ones we hear about most often. As I understand it, Type 1's (like me) have lost the ability to produce their own insulin because something damaged the beta cells in the pancreas which normally produce insulin. Although Type 1 is frequently seen in children, I developed mine at age 27. A C-peptide blood test will determine if you are producing any insulin at all. If you are producing insulin but not enough of it, or your body is not able to use the insulin you produce effectively, that is generally considered Type 2 or maturity onset diabetes. There is also LADA and gestational diabetes but I don't know enough about those to say anything. Since carbohydrates are what cause your blood sugar to rise, reducing the carbs in your diet is a big first step in getting them back into a more normal range. All type 1's require insulin while many, but not all type 2's are able to control their diabetes with diet and exercise and weight loss. Some type 2's also need medications whether oral or insulin. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor about your condition.

awakening2health 2012-09-07 14:26:17 -0500 Report

Type 1 can be differentiated from Type 2 by a simple blood test. Generally, adult onset diabetes is type 2.

While it is important to see a doctor, because diabetes is complex and dangerous, and medications can reduce complications; it is very important to note that lifestyle change - diet and exercise - are twice as effective as medication (according to the American Diabetes Association).

pixsidust 2012-09-07 10:40:00 -0500 Report

Eddz, It sounds like you have not been to the doctor. Diabetes is not a one shoe fits all so meds and combination of meds will vary person to person.

Make an appointment as soon as you can! Until you can be treated as low a carb meal that you can eat is what you need to consume. DO NOT EAT anything made with flour, crackers, breads, rices potatoes, coucous, cakes, corn, peas, pasta or noodles, oatmeal, cereal, cream of wheat, jelly, jams, or sugars of any sort. Eventually some of this can be eaten when you are on meds and under control but for safety do not eat these things. Processed foods as a whole generally will drive your sugars up.

Our menu plan is just as important as our meds!
Good luck and let us know how you are doing!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2012-09-06 20:52:38 -0500 Report

If your doctor didn't specify why you were diagnosed, I would assume it is type 2. Type 1 and type 2 are quite different. Type one almost always needs to be controlled with insulin whereas type 2 can often be controlled with diet and exercise. You need to meet with your doctor to find out more specifics of which one you are.

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