How can you tell which type of diabetes you have? I was diagnosed at 22 and last year, my endocrinologist said that he believed I had maturity onset juvenile. Both of my parents have type 2 and were diagnosed in their 40s, and my brother is 42 and he was just diagnosed. But they were able to control it with oral meds and I'm insulin dependent. How can I find out for sure?
Your healthcare provider can determine whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes by a number of factors, including your medical history, your family history, your symptoms and your lab results. People with type 1 tend to be younger, sicker at the time of diagnosis, have weight loss at the time of diagnosis and need to start on insulin right away to keep their blood glucose levels under control. If you are concerned about what type of diabetes you have, ask your doctor why he or she thinks you have type 1. This may help clear it up. If you are really concerned and not getting answers you feel comfortable with, you may want to ask your doctor for a referral to see an endocrinologist (a diabetes specialist).