Like "Hi All, It's not the A1C that determines which type of diabetes you have. Rather, it's whether your pancreas seems to be making any insulin on its own anymore. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease in which people generally need insulin injections right away in order to stay alive. Otherwise they would essentially starve to death because the body can no longer convert food into energy. Confused: what were your symptoms at diagnosis? Besides hives? Had you lost a lot of weight recently? Was your vision blurry? If you want to know for sure which type of diabetes you have, there's an antibody test your Dr can order for you that checks whether you have autoimmune issues going on. More on the two types of diabetes is available here: http://www.diabetesmine.com/2005/04/diabetes_two_di.html Best, AmyT"