I would like to know if once you start Insulin that you become A type 1 when you start out to be type 2.

By ONeil Latest Reply 2009-10-27 16:08:54 -0500
Started 2009-10-21 06:07:49 -0500

I would like help on this so I can understand things more. I am open for information.

23 replies

DBlakesMom 2009-10-27 10:19:30 -0500 Report

My son was diagnosed with type 1 when he was 10. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the pancreas, killing off insulin-producing cells. Eventually, the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetics, the pancreas still produces insulin, but the body doesn't use it properly. Recently, we were told by our son's doctor that it is possible (although rare) for someone to have both type 1 and type 2. Type 1 generally does not occur in people past their early 20s, which means that in the few people who have both, type 1 would be diagnosed usually in childhood and type 2 would develop later.

ONeil 2009-10-27 16:08:54 -0500 Report

thank you for that inforemantion it dose help me out I hope that your son dose live a good and helthy live.

terrat8 2009-10-21 21:40:19 -0500 Report

I was just gonna ask the same type of question, I just recently was put on the shot and was wondering if I was type 1 now. But I do have a question does it matter if you give your shot in the belly or the thigh?

kdroberts 2009-10-22 08:52:15 -0500 Report

Unless you test positive for type 1 markers (like GAD65 antibodies for instance) you are still type 2 even if you take insulin. Shots can be taken in various different places and the thigh or belly are both fine. The one thing to keep in mind is you will have different effects based on where you inject. for instance you may find that an injection in your belly will give you better blood sugar than one in your thigh, or vice versa. Just something to trial and error really and keep in mind if you switch sites. Your doctor should be able to help you out with that kind of thing.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-22 13:23:27 -0500 Report

When I was on the shots before I got my pump, I was told that it is better to give the shots in the belly. I don't fully know the reason why, I just know that that is what my endocrinologist told me. So, there must be a good reason for it.

Anngelia 2009-10-22 16:49:57 -0500 Report

I'm not sure exactly the reason why but I have heard the absorption is better if they are given in the stomach. But you have to be sure to stay 2 or 3 inches from the belly button.

DonnaM 2009-10-22 18:07:05 -0500 Report

Hi Anngelia, no type 1 is Juvenile Diabetes, if you are diagnosed as type 2, using insulin only means that you are insulin dependant

DonnaM 2009-10-22 18:09:43 -0500 Report

I'm on the pump now but when I was on the shots I found that I bruised badly when I took them in the thigh

DBlakesMom 2009-10-27 10:12:19 -0500 Report

The absorption is better and quicker in the belly, but as long as you inject into fatty tissue, the thighs and upper arms work just fine. It's important not to inject in the same area all the time though, to avoid bruising.

PAT L 2009-10-21 14:05:03 -0500 Report

I am a T2 an started with the pills an they didnt work for me, so the doc put me on insulin 12unets of 3hr before a meal an 8hr twice a day a 20 in the am an 34 at nite. that was 2 yrs ago, now by watching what I eat, Iam down to 25 of the 8 hr about every 2 to 3 days, so what can happen is you can get down on the insulin if you just watch what you eat an do…

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-21 14:04:52 -0500 Report

When you are a type II diabetic, your pancreas is still producing insulin, and your doctor usually starts you on oral meds, unless you can control it by diet and exercise. However, sometimes the pancreas needs a little more help than the oral medication can give, and insulin is that help. But, starting on insulin does not make you become a Type 1 diabetic. You become a Type 1 when your pancreas stops producing insulin all together. I don't think that you have anything to worry about. Insulin is a good thing.

kdroberts 2009-10-21 15:02:56 -0500 Report

You are a type 1 because of an autoimmune attack on your pancreas. A type 2 can have no insulin production at all but still be a type 2 not a type 1.

Sarguillo 2009-10-21 14:02:18 -0500 Report

Not really, No, I am a type 2 insulin dependent.
A type 1 has a dead pancreas. I still product alittle and use insulin to help out where needed. I could go back to pills but they dont control me as well as insulin. FYI, there are more of us T2 around then T1's. In fact, I hear there are more T2's on pumps than T1's since we outnumber them.
But then again, we both have diabetes.
We both have problems as diabetics.
I like to think that there is no difference between us.
We both have issues and we both just want to live happier, healthier lives.
Good luck, dont be afraid of insulin.

Anngelia 2009-10-21 12:15:11 -0500 Report

You are now a type 2 that is insulin dependent. Nothing more and nothing less. It doesnt mean you are a "bad diabetic", it just means your body isnt producing enough so now you get it through injections or a pump. Things are soooooo much better now than they were 30+ years ago when I becames diabetic. Now we have in home meters. CGMS and pumps. Technology just keeps getting better and better. Just use what is available and come here when you need support.

Ginetteb 2009-10-21 09:55:20 -0500 Report

I asked my doctor about this and his reply was that once you are insulin dependent, there is really no difference between type 1 and type 2.

kdroberts 2009-10-21 12:25:30 -0500 Report

Not true technically but in terms of treatment kind of. Type 1 has specific markers that can be tested for since it's an autoimmune disease. Type 2 doesn't and often includes insulin resistance which type 1 usually doesn't. A good % of type 2's who take insulin have to take a lot more than a type 1 because of the insulin resistance component.

So, there is a very big difference between the two in terms of the disease but not such a big difference in terms of treatment.

jayabee52 2009-10-21 21:31:13 -0500 Report

I believe your Dr could have been clearer in his answer to you Ginnette. Perhaps Dr meant no difference in TREATMENT but there is a difference in the disease, as many others here have said so well

hbkunkel 2009-10-21 08:09:48 -0500 Report

I also agree. I really was opposed to going on insulin and I am a t2 but I feel much better with the insulin. With my bs under control I am not on such a bumpy roller coaster.

alanbossman 2009-10-21 08:02:25 -0500 Report

Gabby is right, iam type 2 and i am on insulin and metforin being on insulin does not mean you are a failure. like gabby said its a better form of treatment, it keeps my bs in check with better control

GabbyPA 2009-10-21 07:45:59 -0500 Report

Nope, If you are type 1 it is a different form of the disease than type 2. Now your pancreas can stop working all together and it makes it like being a type 1, but prescribed insulin use is not the indication of a change.

Actually many type 2 people could benefit from using insulin from the start. It often has less side effects over long term use and helps control.

I know a lot of people see insulin as a failure to do it on their own, but it really is not. It is just another treatment that really gets overlooked because of the stigma that is often attached to it.

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