Is it just me or does it seem the experts know almost as little about Type 2 as Type 1

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-10-13 09:56:08 -0500
Started 2014-10-12 19:49:08 -0500

Recently I have noticed in articles that they are shifting back and forth between is it genetics or environmental factors that cause Type 2. This seems to be oddly similar to the lack of knowledge about Type 1. From my prospective, for years they have blamed Type 2 on a combination of environmental factors such as not enough exercise, poor diet, and obesity, and genetics (family history of Type 2), now they can't seem to agree if what they thought was in fact genetics was actually environment after all, because families tend to have the same diet and exercise patterns. To me it seems like most of the data for Type 2 must be collected from not a scientific genetic level, like blood tests to check genetic markers but from a collection of data and on a survey type approach. I don't dare to be an expert on this, and personally I have dealt with both Type 1 and 2 in my family (my daughter is Type 1 and I honestly think my grandmother may have been as well, my dad, step-dad, aunts, uncles are Type 2's), but from my point of view it's beginning to look like the experts know less and less about these diseases, and to find a cure for both or either I think they need to take a look at the big picture of both types and find ways of pinpointing exact genes, or mutations, something that's causing the deterioration of beta cell production in both types, seems to me the only difference in Type 1 is total deterioration and autoimmune attacks on these cells, maybe type 2 could be the missing link in finding what causes that response in type 1's… Anyways, what are your guys' input on this, I know a little more about Type 1 then 2 so maybe some of you guys with Type 2 could help me on this with your perspectives.

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blvr 2014-10-13 09:56:08 -0500 Report

Both my son and I are T1D, lucky us … My great Aunt suffered also, and died, from T1D. I see no connection between 1 or 2, as you say leave it up to the researchers. blvr

jayabee52 2014-10-12 20:11:40 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon

I have been T2 since 1995.
I think there is little agreement on either T1 or T2 since each are multi factoral and neither can be limited to just one cause. There are T1s who can be sure why they are T1 because they lost most or all of their pancreas due to an accident, but for the vast majority, no clear causation. Same with us T2s. We get an idea of why we are T2, but nothing is clear.

I guess the best we can do is quit worrying about causation (the medical researchers can do that) and just use best practices and manage this malady which has come upon us.

Praying for better health for us all!


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