How to know the difference!

Stacey I
By Stacey I Latest Reply 2008-08-20 22:48:17 -0500
Started 2008-08-17 01:58:01 -0500

I don't understand how to know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

6 replies

Ginetteb 2008-08-20 13:06:53 -0500 Report

I went to the doctors today and I did ask him about Type I and Type II. He told me that once you are insulin dependent, the differences were very minimal. He also changed my insulin to Lantus to be taken at night. I'm anxious to see if this is going to do anything for me. I sure hope so, because my numbers are crazy these days. The other day I got up and my BS was 120. I drank a mug of coffe (equivalent to 2 cups) and tested again and my BS was 210. I only put a bit of 2% milk in my coffe so it was not the sugar. I sure wish this disease would go away. I hate it. But I guess it's better than the alternative.

DonnaAnn 2008-08-20 22:48:17 -0500 Report

Coffee by isteself has not carbs. but, the creamer that you put in it, does spike your sugar. Being a diabetic means you have to learn how to change HOW you prepare your food. Learn how to prepare you food differently. its not as daunting as it sounds.

DonnaAnn 2008-08-19 12:34:05 -0500 Report

Your computer can be a big help with this. Read all you can, then ask a professional your questions. Ask your doctor if you can be directed to a diabetic professional. Call your local hospital and ask about daibetic meetings that usually meet on Wed. nights. also, groups like this are very helpful.

just4us3 2008-08-19 10:26:21 -0500 Report

Differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
by AaronS
August 5, 2008 5:27 PM
7 Replies

I've noticed in several discussions recenlty, some people tend to forget that
there are major differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I thought I
would start this dicussion just to note some of the major differences.

I was reading somewhere a while ago (I think it was on Amy's blog
( that on a survey more than 75% of Americans were not
aware of the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes (and even worse that
a large number of respondants thought that diabetes was curable).

It seems to me that generally those with Type 1 diabetes are well aware of the
differences while only some with Type 2 are aware.

Also, there are considrerably more people affected with Type 2 diabetes than
there are with Type 1. (Although I haven't counted, it does seem to me that in
this group there are a lot more Type 2's than Type 1's). This can influence the
public's preception of diabetes.

The one questions comes that comes to mind is if they are so differnt why are
they both called the same thing. I think this is because of the way symptoms
manifest themselves. These and the long term complications are common to both.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is not preventable and it is not
curable. Insulin is required for the person to stay alive as the body no longer
produces insulin. This is why at one time, Type 1 was called Insulin Dependant
Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). I think the term is no longer in use because some
type 2's make the mistake of thinking that once they are insulin, they've become
type 1. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Unless they've also developed the autoimmune
disease that causes type 1, they are still type 2 even if they are taking

The reason this distinction is important is key to any potential cures. If some
way is found to restore insulin production to the pancreas, those with type 1
still have the problem that the disease is still there and will resume its
attack on the beta cells.

Type 2 has sometimes been called a lifestyle disease and in some (but not all)
cases it is preventable. With type 2, insulin is still produced but either not
enough is produced or the body does not use the insulin properly. The focus of
most type 2 drugs is to either stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin or
to help the body with it's function.

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. Type 1 cannot.

Both types have some genetic component to them but exactly how this works is not
clear. It is well known that you can have identical twins where one develops
Type 1 diabetes while the other one does not. (I don't know if this is also
true for Type 2).

The issue can also get confusing with LADA (sometimes also called Type 1.5).

I think for a group like this it is imporant to be aware of the differences
because some topics are clearly directed at those with Type 2.

I know I've greatly oversimplified the differences - but my point once again is
that we must be aware of them becuase a lot of what applies for Type 2 does not
apply for Type 1.

butterfly_8 2008-08-19 08:06:50 -0500 Report

The very best way is to go to a Doctor and get professionaal advice. Trying to deteremine such on your on is not possible.Playing guessing games with your life is not good.

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