Type I & II diets

By gjkbear Latest Reply 2012-01-11 19:26:39 -0600
Started 2010-12-29 23:39:48 -0600

I have Type 2 - my hubby was diagnosed with Type 1 today. Today was spent mainly on showing how to use the Insulin pens… Diets will come later - but I was wondering… I have the Diabetes DTOUR diet. Is the dietary needs of a Type I very different from the needs of a Type 2? Any answers are appreciated.

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gjkbear 2011-12-31 21:17:20 -0600 Report

Wow! What a difference a year makes… It turned out that he didn't have any of the genetic markers for Type I - so he is an atypical type 2. His A1C was 6.7 the last time he went in & he now only has to take his blood sugar 2 x a day & is on Metformin HC 500 mg 2 times a day. My A1C is between 6.3 & 6.7. We have been trying to be good & exercise (harder for me than him) & watch our "happy plates". I took diabetes education & it was a real eye opener. Thanks Red Flower Lady for all the information…I really need to make sure that I check this site more often. May all you "guys" have a wonderful New Year. Happy 2012!

Caroltoo 2011-12-31 21:22:53 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are both doing well. Congratulations and have a wonder New Year filled with hope, health, and happiness.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-31 14:33:37 -0600 Report

Yes, there is a difference. Type 2 can be controlled usually with pills, or just diet and exercise. Those of us that are type 1 have to use insulin, diet and exercise. Carbs must be counted, but due to the insulin and how it affects us we have to be more careful in what we eat as well as how much and when in order to prevent BG levels from going too low, as it can happen very fast. Your husband should be sent to a nutritionist/dietician by his dr in order to help him with a plan based on his own needs. Ask while there, about your own diet and how you can work together. You have to consider activity levels as well, such as exercise; it can drop BG levels so his plan may have him eat something first then start. Again, he'll find out through his dr or dietician what he should do and eventually he will learn how his body reacts to daily life. Make sure to keep glucose tabs or gel or oange juice to bring the level up in a hurry if need be. It is alot to deal with and can get frustrating, but it will get easier as he learns the ropes. You both will learn alot through this site as well. I hope this helps alittle:)

tomecom 2011-01-02 09:13:30 -0600 Report

gkbear: There are some differences in diet for type I versus type II. A type II diabetic produces insulin, but because of insulin resistance overproduces insulin. Type I diabetics produce very little insulin if any. Insulin is responsible for controlling glucose in the system.
In a type II diabetic, again because of insulin resistance, the body's cells are not able to uptake insulin and glucose at a normal rate; so they both build up in the bloodstream. The insulin will then force the excess glucose into storage as fat. In type I diabetics their cells function nearly normally in up taking insulin and glucose so they can control how much glucose is in the bloodstream by how much insulin they inject; provided that they don't over eat, and monitor their blood sugars to determine how much insulin to use.
Since carbohydrates and fat are converted 100% into glucose and placed into the bloodstream; the amount and type of carbohydrates consumed by a type II diabetic has to be carefully monitored. Nutritionists tell type I diabetics to eat 70 or so grams of carbs per meal. Many type II diabetics, like myself, cannot eat more than 40-50 grams of carbohydrates per DAY. Oral medications do not allow the same amount of control that insulin injections provide. Most type II medications act by slowing the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose.
This insulin glucose reaction in type II diabetics is the cause of the Pot Belly that most type II diabetics have.

northerngal 2011-12-31 20:46:58 -0600 Report

I'm type 1 and there is no way I can eat 70-80grams of carbs per meal. I'd go through a vial of insulin every other day. Type 1's especially need to watch their carbs at meals to avoid the enormous amounts of insulin that would require. My needs are greatly reduced in summer when I can bicycle more, but winter is another matter. With no snow to shovel or ski on, its just cold and nasty and very limiting to good exercise.

mo91108 2010-12-30 11:33:34 -0600 Report

I am a T1 and I eat basically like a T2. I even took my dietary classes with all T2 people. Just eat lots of greens loss the fatty foods, and count carbs. And as we all know, not too many sweets. I wish you both the best of luck, and things get better :]


MewElla 2010-12-30 08:39:42 -0600 Report

I know it is hard trying to find what kinds of foods agree with me and my all watching numbers.l To me, this is like a full time job, with the excercising and shopping, preparing, logging my daily food Praying for good numbers. Good luck to you and your husband.

shorty1965 2010-12-30 08:16:12 -0600 Report

I don't know people with t1 but i think that eather or is hard for everyone at times.sometimes i be in so much pain with t2. I wonder do people with t1 get bad pains also and if so how do you deal with it?Do t1 and t2 have some of the same problems?Or is there a difference?Do anyone know has there ever been any info on this?

Maryjo.diaguila 2011-12-31 14:25:23 -0600 Report

Hi!! What type of pain and where do you have the pain? I am new to diabetes. I've had type 2 for a year now. My feet are always killing me! Only when I first get up from sitting and sometimes it's hard to go down stairs my feet will hurt so bad! :(

northerngal 2011-12-31 20:53:52 -0600 Report

You should make sure there isn't nerve damage in your feet. I've been type 1 40 years and only have pain when I injure something. If you were undiagnosed for a while, you could already have some neuropathy which begins with pain, then goes to loss of feeling. You don't want that to happen so make sure you have that checked. Also, make sure you are wearing good, properly sized shoes. Your feet normally change size as you age and with so many being made overseas, I've noticed that the sizes are no longer standard. My feet measure exactly as they always have and I've gone up a full size anyway. They aren't made here anymore and the standards change when they make new styles. Hope this helps and keep at it.

shorty1965 2012-01-11 19:26:39 -0600 Report

Thank you very much it did help very much.My computer is action up may need a new one thats what took me so long to get back to you again thank you.

evelyn hill
evelyn hill 2010-12-30 12:32:59 -0600 Report

how do i change my log in name ?

jayabee52 2010-12-30 16:00:47 -0600 Report

You could email & ask John Crowley (one of the first friends on your friends list). He could tell you if it's something which he could do for you. Other than that the only other way would be to quit using your log in, and join the website again. But your name would always be there, unless you asked John C to delete your Evelyn hill profile.

John would be the one to ask about that.

Harlen 2010-12-30 07:35:35 -0600 Report

For each of us its difrent from t2 to t1 and each t2 is difrent from every other and the same for T1s we all have difrent needs.Just for now cut the carbs drop the sweets drink more water
Best wishes