Pancreas no longer produces insulin ..... What am I ???

By manapua72 Latest Reply 2013-03-12 22:40:56 -0500
Started 2013-03-08 20:37:01 -0600

So one doctor says this , and another doctor says this … World Wide Web / Internet say this , but oh wow it will contradict it self too … My fellow diabetics some will say one thing others will say the exact opposite … Is there a RIGHT answer ??? Does it even matter ??? Had diabetes for 11 years took all type of pills … Some made my pancreas work harder making more insulin , yay … Over the years everything took a toll on my pancreas … IT ( MY PANCREAS ) NO LONGER PRODUCES INSULIN … Yes had a pep-c tide test to confirm … So now no more pills … JUST INSULIN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE … Mine you , I love insulin it allows me to live … The question is what am I ??? Type 2 or 1 ??? Or if it's your opinion that it doesn't matter feel free to say so … I just wish I knew for sure …

16 replies

KG66 2013-03-12 18:18:25 -0500 Report

I believe you're still type 2 you are just insulin dependent now. My boyfriends grand-father and an older woman my mom cares for are the same way! Of course I'm no expert but I find it makes sense! :P

davidhogan 2013-03-12 16:00:57 -0500 Report

Manapua72 just got back from endo appointment and he said I was NOT a type 1 as that would indicate an auto immune disease and evidence of positive antibodies. He said I am an insulin deficient (not dependent) type 2 diabetic that follows a type 1 treatment. So there we are all nice and labeled. Typing from a Starbucks on phone will check back later.

old biker
old biker 2013-03-12 15:15:03 -0500 Report

"Whats in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would still smell as sweet" WS
Like Jayabee52 said what this makes you is a PWD. It sounds like you have things at this point of your journey with D under control. And that is all that really matters. But it is still an interesting question

type1's mom
type1's mom 2013-03-12 07:15:54 -0500 Report

I would say you are a type2 insulin dependent diabetic. Really doesn't matter how it happened tho the point is that since u no longer produce ANY insulin (as evidenced by ur peptide test), U can no longer "correct" ur BG by diet and exercise alone. U must always use insulin. The general public is so uniformed they don't know the differences anyway. But anyway that's only one of ur many labels and I'm sure it's not one of the best! Good luck in ur treatment and living a fun life

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-10 06:51:11 -0500 Report

I am the same as you, only difference is that pep c tide test was run immediately within a month and was told T1, I've also been called a Type 1 1/2????? Lol, overall we are beautiful human beings with D!

lneider 2013-03-10 08:02:27 -0500 Report

thiiswhathappenedtome late onsetdiabetes & peptide s were unmeasurable so that makes me type1, Ijust read an article at diabetes awareness on the possibility of stemcells in helping type 1 to read article go to the diabetes awareness website, Linda

davidhogan 2013-03-09 11:14:35 -0600 Report

Same boat here manapua72 and on another discussion this week a member even pushed wanting to know what I was. My endo said after my bloodwork and pep test to accept insulin and a type 1 style of treatment. I did ask him if he had ever seen this reversed and he told me once with a person that had a gastric bypass years after. I see him this Tuesday and I'm very happy with my treatment but I'm going to press him a bit on what we are medically NOW. I have mixed feeling about the labeling at all but I'm curious as well and will let you know what he says.

jigsaw 2013-03-09 08:03:18 -0600 Report

Type 1 is caused by the immune system attacking and destroying the beta cells in the pancreas. Type II does not include the beta cells being attacked by the immune system, even though they still fail.. Either way, if your pancreas does not produce insulin, my guess is the end result is similar, if not the same. Most importantly, and with either condition, is how well you have taken care of your self and how long you have had either type of diabetes.

manapua72 2013-03-08 21:38:27 -0600 Report

Had the test , doc's suspicions were right test confirmed that my pancreas is not producing insulin …

kdroberts 2013-03-08 21:05:25 -0600 Report

You're type 2 who is dependent on insulin. Have you had a c-peptide test done or is your doctor just guessing that you no longer produce insulin?

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