New diagnosis of Diabetes

By Briankeith Latest Reply 2009-10-27 10:31:41 -0500
Started 2009-10-26 17:17:17 -0500

I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes . Now I have alot of questions and figured I would see if anyone could answer some questions. One, I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years after having a severe case of pancreatitis with a pancreatic pseudo-cyst on my pancreas. The doctors believe it was due to using a drug called 6mp or Mecaptipurine as treatment for my Crohns Disease. I have had several resections of my large and small bowel. I do not process nutrients properly . Is there anyone that can give me some information on what type diabetes is insulin dependent. Haven't researched it much myself and I guess this is a way for me to introduce myself.

9 replies

kdroberts 2009-10-26 19:57:18 -0500 Report

Well you're not really type 1 because you don't have (I assume) the autoimmune attack that comes with type 1 but you aren't really a technical type 2 either. I believe that technically you have secondary diabetes but if you are insulin dependent then your treatment will be closer to a type 1 than a type 2.

Briankeith 2009-10-26 21:04:03 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information. Crohns Disease is an autoimmune disease. It attacks the entire digestive system. And by it's nature , it attacks healthy tissue. When it is triggered by a simple virus or infetcion it begins it's attack it doesn't have the capacity to end it's attack and healthy tissue dies.

kdroberts 2009-10-27 07:47:41 -0500 Report

Right, but type 1 is an autoimmune disease (attack on the pancreas) as well and although it is linked to crohns if you don't have the specific markers then you don't have that particular attack. It sounds more like yours was caused by trauma to the pancreas which would make it secondary.

alanbossman 2009-10-26 19:40:19 -0500 Report

Hi Brian. welcome to this site. Hinboyz3 is correct insulin dependent is T1 any time you have questions just come here and you will get help

Hinboyz3 2009-10-26 17:27:53 -0500 Report

type 1 use to be called insulin dependent, because it requires insulin treatment. I'm a type 2 trying to maintain diabetes thru exercise and diet. Im pleased to meet you Brian

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