What is the differents between type 1 & type 2 diabeties?

By PRINCESS KIMBERLY Latest Reply 2013-10-29 09:24:16 -0500
Started 2013-09-03 01:25:55 -0500

Ok. Maybe this is a dumb thing for me to ask about. I do not understand the differents between the two types of diabeties. I thought type 1 was only for childhood. I was told that type 1 was the type you get when you become a diabetic in your childhood years. But I know some people who are adults that are becoming type 1. Can someone please help me and clear this up for me. Thank you everyone.

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Anonymous 2013-10-29 09:24:16 -0500 Report

I've been reading that in the UK there is a type 1.5 as well as the 1 and 2. Its when your body doesn't produce insulin ANYMORE. Start as a 2 and then your pancreas throws in the towel. (I am waiting on a blood test to see if that is where I am) Here, my endocrinologist just knocks me from type 2 to type 1. But also: Type 1: Pancreas is done. Type 2: Pancreas still produces insulin.

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One Step at a Time 2013-09-05 16:23:23 -0500 Report

Oh, I was diagnosed with type 1 at age 29… It's no longer referred to as juvenile diabetes in the local medical community, as more and more adults are diagnosed. But usually it is before a person is 30…but my DR had a lady age 45 diagnosed type 1…it can happen.

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One Step at a Time 2013-09-05 16:22:04 -0500 Report

Type 1 will require medication, as the pancreas has shut down its insulin production

Type 2 may or may not require medication, as the pancreas still works but can't keep up. Sometimes a strict diet and exercise routine can "correct" type 2.

Daily activities and food allowances an be very different. Long term health risks are basically the same. They're both deadly if left untreated.

manapua72 2013-09-03 23:19:14 -0500 Report

I'm type two my pancreas produces no insulin … In the old days what Sapphire said was correct … Ask any doctor that knows his stuff , and you will see that , what she said is no longer true … Type 1 is an auto immune disease , where your own body is attacking the beta cells in your pancreas causing them to die , so now you produce no more insulin . Now me as a type 2 one of the oral meds I took for years caused my pancreas to make more & more insulin , doctors believe this caused my pancreas to get worn out … I have been tested and yes no insulin production … Still a type 2 , because they are different diseases , just with the same symptoms and problems …

Nick1962 2013-09-03 07:57:31 -0500 Report

In addition to Sapphire’s response, you’re right, type 1 was typically called “juvenile diabetes” because as you thought, it’s mostly acquired as a child. Type 2 was typically called “adult onset” because it came about later in life as a metabolic disorder. Like any body part, the pancreas can fail at any time, so becoming a T1, or going from a T2 to T1 is always a risk, but if you’ve lived past age 30 it’s kind of rare.

Sapphire89 2013-09-03 03:37:21 -0500 Report

Type 1 is when your pancreas produces no insulin.

Type 2 is when your pancreas is struggling to produce insulin, but is still producing, just not enough to keep up.