From Liverpool, Untied Kingdom:
Is it possible for someone to have both type 1 and type 2 diabetes? If so, how could this be diagnosed?
It is not so much that any one person has both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but that they have elements of both types of diabetes. Type 1 is characterized by beta cell (the insulin producing cells) loss from autoimmune destruction and type 2 is characterized by insulin resistance (and some element of inulin deficiency that is not autoimmune). To have both, someone needs evidence of autoimmunity (beta cell antibodies) and insulin resistance. So, imagine someone who looks just like they have type 2 and has antibodies and someone with type 1 who has the need for an excessive dose of insulin, is obese and has high blood pressure, abnormal lipids, etc. They may need to take both insulin and oral pills.
For more information, see our section about Double Diabetes.
Original posting 31 Aug 2006
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:08
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.