whats the difference between 1 & 2 diabeties

lipsie
By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-03-03 14:18:04 -0600
Started 2009-02-27 15:27:35 -0600

This may be a annoying ? people keep asking and I am sorry if so but my finance and I was just talking and we really dunno the difference. We have type 2 so we definately know a little something there but with type 1 I am blind. Thanx all! :)


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lipsie
lipsie 2009-03-03 14:18:04 -0600 Report

Thank you all for the information. We have wondered this and I found great people to support me and help inform me of things. Thanks. Sheila

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-03-02 21:09:31 -0600 Report

I asked this question myself when I was diagnosed. Everyone else in my family that has/had diabetes is Type 1. I have Type 2 (most likely caused by a hormonal imbalnce from my Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and take more insulin than my Type 1 cousin. I was told at first that the definition of Type 2 was that it could be controlled by diet while Type 1 cannot. WRONG. Even being on insulin I am still Type2 becuase I do not have the auto-immune disease that attacks the pancreas.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-03-02 20:23:40 -0600 Report

Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks the pancreas so it stops producing insulin. Type 2, clinically, is anything that isn't type 1 or gestational diabetes. It's a collection of different problems which are largely genetic which is why it's very annoying to see the "obesity causes type 2 diabetes" myth perpetuated all over the place.

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-03-02 13:03:59 -0600 Report

I am type 1 and was diagnosed when I was 59 yrs old. It is due to autoimmune problems (I don't like to say disease). It is similar to MS or rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, as I like to make a long story short, my body is eating itself.

lipsie
lipsie 2009-03-02 17:10:12 -0600 Report

When you was 59yrs old? ;/ Thank you for you respone to also, I appreciate any help from everyone.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-27 21:49:11 -0600 Report

my son has type 1 and my understanding is it is when the pancrease stops producing insulin to break down the sugar,and it will not go away(untill we get a cure).so for him he will always be on insulin he is on a high protein diate and is only allowed somany carbs when he is allowed food.he eats 6 times a day 3 meals and 3 snacks.I also check his sugar anywhere from 8 to 10 times a day.we hate low blood sugars due to if he goes low enough he will have a sezuire,if his sugar goes to high we end up a docs office to change his insulin .Also the link is more informative then i was,but that is how my son would explain it to you if he was infront of you.he is 9 yrs old and blows me away at how smart he is on his diabetes.i hope this helped a little.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-27 21:49:08 -0600 Report

my son has type 1 and my understanding is it is when the pancrease stops producing insulin to break down the sugar,and it will not go away(untill we get a cure).so for him he will always be on insulin he is on a high protein diate and is only allowed somany carbs when he is allowed food.he eats 6 times a day 3 meals and 3 snacks.I also check his sugar anywhere from 8 to 10 times a day.we hate low blood sugars due to if he goes low enough he will have a sezuire,if his sugar goes to high we end up a docs office to change his insulin .Also the link is more informative then i was,but that is how my son would explain it to you if he was infront of you.he is 9 yrs old and blows me away at how smart he is on his diabetes.i hope this helped a little.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-27 18:20:50 -0600 Report

Here is a link to a previous discussion on the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/624-differences-between-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes#scrollTo_discussion_message_5239_content
There is a lot of great information here you can see what people shared.
I am also type 2 and have learned a lot here from people. I know a little about type 1, but the discussion I linked here has a lot of great info for you.

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