Type 3 Diabetes...

By Cruise427 Latest Reply 2011-03-06 22:17:41 -0600
Started 2011-03-04 11:50:33 -0600

I went to a very good "Diabetic Seminar", last night at UCLA…on "eating right",
and the Nutritionist / CDE..had a pretty cool sense of humor…
she mentioned a Type 3 Diabetes,..everybody just kinda stared at each other with confused looks… and she says.. "Type 3 is when you don't have diabetes but, a family member or a close friend does…"

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squog master
squog master 2011-03-04 21:28:49 -0600 Report

If what I'm reading is true, I had type 3 before I had type 2.

mrsgrushum 2011-03-06 21:14:11 -0600 Report

i've never heard of type 3 diabetes what is it?

squog master
squog master 2011-03-06 21:41:06 -0600 Report

According to the Nuritionist/CDE who ran the diabetic seminar that Cruise427 went to it is a person who doesn't have diabetes but a family member or close friend does have diabetes. I'm not really sure if it is an official term though. this was he first I heard/read of it. I think it was a joke.

jayabee52 2011-03-06 22:13:11 -0600 Report

I suspect she was making a humorous point (which a bit different than just joking, IMO). Chris from the Diabetic support group makes that same humorous point every meeting. (coming up mext Tues).

jayabee52 2011-03-06 21:24:51 -0600 Report

There's no one "official" definition of type 3. Please take the time to read the other posts all the way to the bottom to see what some of the suggestions are.

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Sidehack 2011-03-04 15:53:34 -0600 Report

Kinda like a co-dependent?

jayabee52 2011-03-04 17:58:53 -0600 Report

No, codependency is an entirely different condition. It is an emotional condition.

With type 3 it is the person who loves the diabetic enough to care for them and how things turn out for them even if they don't have to do hands on care - yet.

CaliKo 2011-03-04 14:34:30 -0600 Report

I've seen type 3 in diabetes magazines referring to caregivers and family members because they also live in the diabetic world.

jayabee52 2011-03-04 13:41:18 -0600 Report

I go to a Diabetes support group monthly, and the leader of the group refers to someone who cares for people with diabetes Type 3 diabetics.

Cruise427 2011-03-04 13:55:10 -0600 Report

ok.. "caregiver"..or "someone who cares for",..
makes sense to me..but when i first heard it, it almost sounded like a joke, because of her tone and body language, and everybody's confused look kinda confirmed things in my head…"this has to be a joke"..
i've been going to a Class once a week {in Venice} and a Seminar once a week {at UCLA}… and i gotta say, the information i have gotten, is priceless..
i highly recommend for anybody that's diabetic to check out if there are any classes or seminars in your area… some are free, and some aren't…the ones that aren't,..might be covered by your insurance

jayabee52 2011-03-04 15:02:37 -0600 Report

Well when Chris, (the leader of the support group here in Las Vegas - he is not diabetic, his wife is t1) says it he is semi serious. What he means is that those who care for diabetics suffer right along with the diabetic.

Anonymous 2011-03-05 15:26:24 -0600 Report

I am glad that in some circles, the effect on caregivers is acknowledged as well. Sometimes I feel that everybody feels sorry for my husband (who is diabetic) and never realise that I might need some support sometimes too. That it is frustrating for me too.

Cruise427 2011-03-04 16:47:38 -0600 Report

i remember watching my mom give my dad his insulin shots…it never occured to me, she might be suffering right along with him..
i don't mean that in a bad way,..it's just that she never showed her emotions, and she never talked about it…

jayabee52 2011-03-04 17:54:18 -0600 Report

well, yes, that's kinda the idea. Guys who have diabetes ("DM") can become impotent, and can become angry for only seemingly insignifigant things. That is frightening to a loved one. My (now ex) wife divorced me because she didn't want to be saddled with my care if I were to get some bad complications. It frightened her. (I was starting to have problems with ED before the divorce - so my DM directly affected her too).

kdroberts 2011-03-04 11:55:36 -0600 Report

There is no official "type 3" but one definition is being a caregiver of a diabetic. Other definitions are having type 1 and insulin resistance and (possibly will become the official definition down the line) Alzheimer's.

Cruise427 2011-03-04 12:08:38 -0600 Report

another term for being a caregiver of a diabetic…could be,.."Saint",
that word "caregiver", makes me wonder..what would happen if i ever get hurt,
i don't have any "real" family around me…they live in a differant state.. just kinda makes me think, how would i give myself an Insulin shot, with an injury..
not to sure if understand correctly how Type 1 and Alzheimers are related

kdroberts 2011-03-04 12:18:55 -0600 Report

Type 1 isn't directly related to Alzheimer's but Alzheimer's is often referred to now as type 3 diabetes because it's thought to involve insulin problems in the brain. There are some studies that show type 1 may increase your risk of Alzheimer's but it's thought to be related to severe hypoglycemia rather than the type 1 itself. All this research is still very early on so it will be a while before the boffins start really figuring it out.

Cruise427 2011-03-04 12:29:46 -0600 Report

..ok..thanks, that sounds pretty serious, never heard of that..i'm Type 2, i only inject 10 units, 1 time daily {at bedtime}.. sometimes i might go up to 12 units, but that's as high as i was told to go…my neighbor is Type 1 , she has to inject herself several times a day.., i'll have to ask her if she's heard anything about that… thanks for the good info

judy makowski
judy makowski 2011-03-04 18:28:40 -0600 Report

I have just been put on Lantis because I can't get my bs's down. I am up to 28 units and going up 2 units every other day until it gets down to 150. I also take victoza and today she started me on glimepiride twice a day. This is really starting to depress me. It has been extremely rough year and doesn't show any signs of easing up. BUT tomorrow is another day. The trees are flowering and my bulbs are starting to come up.

cupcake0923 2011-03-06 22:13:40 -0600 Report

I know how you feel I have the same situation to.I have to do the same with my mess too. I even take another insulin that make me not feel hungry . It's called byetta I believe that how it's spelled.and help control sugar too

jayabee52 2011-03-06 22:17:41 -0600 Report

Byetta is an injectable medication for diabetes, but it is not insulin. I used to know what it was supposed to do, but can't remember now. But I do know it is not insulin.

kdroberts 2011-03-04 12:59:28 -0600 Report

Severe hypoglycemia can happen to any diabetic depending on what treatment they are on, it's just more common in type 1's because of the % of insulin use.

Cruise427 2011-03-04 13:43:46 -0600 Report

i still have a lot to learn about this disease…, but i do keep an open mind..
i haven't been on Insulin or Pills long enough to notice any significant {patterns} High's or Lows.. on my last Dr visit, i was told it was "well controlled"…but i understand that …it wouldn't take very long for that to change… in my case, i had a problum with my blood sugar to high..it was somewhere between 600 and 650, with insulin ,diet,exercise and pills..i got it down to a 130 average..

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