By PPatel Latest Reply 2010-03-24 10:27:06 -0500
Started 2010-03-24 08:11:55 -0500

Would you explain the difference between type 1 and type 2 dyabetic. I have high sugar in blood and doctor asked me to take metformin, If I take it it donot make difference in level of sugar and disturb my digestion process.
Thank You
Pravin Patel

2 replies

kdroberts 2010-03-24 10:27:06 -0500 Report

It's not really as cut and dry as it used to be or is sometimes made out.

Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks certain cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. End result is they can't produce insulin and need external insulin.

Type 2 is people who don't fit any other diabetic category, such as type 1, gestational, MODY, LADA plus any new ones that come along. They may be insulin resistant, they may not be. They may produce a lot of insulin, they may produce a limited amount of insulin. Over time they may become more insulin resistant, or they may become less insulin resistant. They may also lose their insulin production so will need external insulin like a type 1 would. Typically a type 2 is insulin resistant, produces a lot of insulin at first which eventually starts to decrease.

Diet and physical activity are the most important pieces in managing type 2 and I think are very important for all diabetics. Metformin is a good drug but it can take a little while to work and does have the side effects you mention which should go away. Are you taking it now? What sort of foods do you eat?

MAYS 2010-03-24 08:51:31 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Many people are confused about the different types of Diabetes.

In Type 1 Diabetes the human body does not produce insulin due to the destruction of the insulin producing Beta cells in the pancreas and the diabetic must take insulin in order to survive.

In Type 2 Diabetes the human body does produce insulin but this is either poorly absorbed due to a condition known as Insulin Resistance or an insufficient amount of insulin is produced for use by the body.

Gestational Diabetes sometimes occurs in women during pregnancy and normally goes away after a woman gives birth but sometimes the woman can develop Type 2 Diabetes in the future.

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Take care of yourself and manage your diabetes, it's all up to you !


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