Type 1/Type 2

By sflpete Latest Reply 2010-02-25 11:36:06 -0600
Started 2010-02-24 16:10:12 -0600

I am 63 years old and have been a diabetic for 20 years, what I believe is type 2.. I am an insulin-dependent type 2. That can't be a rare thing. What am I?

10 replies

Zimoss 2010-02-25 01:07:31 -0600 Report

Insulin dependence has no real bearing on what type of diabetes you have… many type 2's are insulin dependent and there is newer research showing that earlier use of insulin may help prevent complications later so even more t2's are going on insulin sooner rather than as a "failure" (insulin use is NOT a failure at all— just another tool to use)

I would guess based on your initial diagnosis while you were in your 40's…probably type 2, but there are t1's that are diagnosed later in life.

spiritwalker 2010-02-24 19:27:27 -0600 Report

A doctor must run lab tests to determine diabetic status.
There are many type 2 diabetics who take insulin. I had
allergic reactions to ten different oral Rx. My doctor gave
up on finding an oral for me . He put me on insulin once
a day.

kdroberts 2010-02-24 19:21:38 -0600 Report

Without your doctor doing specific tests it's impossible for you to get an answer but your "insulin dependent type 2" is likely right on the money. More type 2's use insulin than type 1's so you are not alone if you are type 2.

Zimoss 2010-02-25 01:09:10 -0600 Report

I think you meant more type 1's use insulin than t2's since all type 1's use insulin…they kinda need it to live :)

but as you said both types use insulin…so that is not a determining factor as to which type you have.

kdroberts 2010-02-25 07:27:07 -0600 Report

No, more type 2's use insulin than type 1's. You are right that 100% of type 1's need insulin but there are so many more type 2's than type 1's so numerically more 2's use insulin. I think it's something like 1.5 million type 1's and close to 3 or 4 million type 2's that use insulin.

kdroberts 2010-02-25 11:36:06 -0600 Report

I've read in various places that 10%-30% of type 2's use insulin. I guess it's hard to be accurate but either way the total number of type 2's using insulin is far greater than type 1's.

BLC 2010-02-24 18:48:48 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome. A blood test can determine what type of diabetic you are. I hope you find the answers you are looking for.

Harlen 2010-02-24 17:21:03 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
I am T2 insulin dependent
Have been for 5 years and doing well and keeping a good BS
Best wishes