Kimbo_MRU

Q:

I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2003. Over the last 18 months sever trauma and stress have progressed the diabetes and now I am totally dependant on basal ans bolus insulin. Am I now type1 or still type 2?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

The type of diabetes people have is not based on whether they take insulin or not, but rather on how your diabetes presented itself when you were first diagnosed. If at diagnosis you were able to maintain your blood glucose levels with meal planning, physical activity and oral medications, then most likely you have type 2 diabetes. Over time type 2 diabetes changes, less insulin is made by the pancreas and more medications are needed, including insulin. For some people these changes happen quickly, for others it can take many years. The stress and trauma your body has experienced over the past year and a half may have brought these changes on more rapidly. Many people with type 2 diabetes end up needing long- and rapid-acting insulin; this does not mean you have type 1, it just means your pancreas can no longer make enough insulin to control your blood glucose levels

June 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

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Kimbo_MRU
Kimbo_MRU 2012-06-26 09:50:04 -0500 Report

Thank you for explaining this so well. There are no diabetic educators in my country and Im trying to figure this out on my own.