Progression of Diabetes

Trouble Breathing 49
By Trouble Breathing 49 Latest Reply 2013-07-24 18:06:01 -0500
Started 2013-07-16 21:09:42 -0500

I'm new to this so please bare with these elementary questions. Can type 1 Diabetes change into type two diabetes? Next, Can type 2 diabetes cause amputations ( I assume because of poor blood circulation) of feet, legs & lead to possible blindness? Please respond!

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-20 16:58:01 -0500 Report

Type 1 cannot turn into T2. Diabetes if out of control for long periods of time can cause poor blood circulation in legs and feet, blindness, kidney and liver problems and amputation regardless if you are T1 or 2.

Trouble Breathing 49
Trouble Breathing 49 2013-07-20 18:36:58 -0500 Report

Thanks so much Joyce. If I understand correctly then, Diabetes Type 1 is the one that the patient will need insulin shots, therefore worse than Diabetes T 2? T stands for type correct? Tom

Trouble Breathing 49
Trouble Breathing 49 2013-07-20 18:38:29 -0500 Report

Sorry if I'm struggling! Are the needles better( less pain)? than 30 years ago when my mom took them?

lanykins 2013-07-21 10:31:55 -0500 Report

When you say needles, do you mean for syringes or pens? I switched to pens a few years ago and the needles are very thin and sharp. I barely feel them at all. I inject into my stomach because the fat there is much less sensitive. But regardless of whether you use syringes or pens, I am sure the needles are much better than 30 years ago.

lanykins 2013-07-24 18:06:01 -0500 Report

Hi, pens are a insulin-filled cartridge where you just dial up the number of units you need to take and inject it with a tiny screw-on needle attached. No syringes or vials, it is very easy to do and they can be carried along with you with no problem. Can be left at room temperature for hours at a time. They are also much less painful. I love them. I hope you can give them a try!

jigsaw 2013-07-17 19:05:43 -0500 Report

Type 1 diabetes cannot turn into type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin at all. With type 2, the pancreas most likely produces insulin. The pancreas in a type 2 can burn out eventually meaning that the pancreas can stop producing insulin eventually.
Amputation can happen with either type of diabetes. Generally speaking, amputation can become a factor with uncontrolled diabetes. With good diabetic mgmt., amputation is highly unlikely, possibly even eliminated. As a matter of fact, the odds of any complications are minimized substantially with good mgmt.