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March 23, 2004

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Heraklion, Crete, Greece:

My nephew, 12 years old, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 6. According to the doctor which first made the diagnosis, it is type 2 diabetes. According to another diabetes specialist, it is type 1 diabetes. How can we found out which of two types he might be?


I’m not sure you can, six years into diabetes. It is unlikely that a six year old in Crete would be obese so he would likely have type 1. Antibodies probably would not still be positive. It is best just to treat the diabetes, get the A1c as low as possible and watch the lipids, blood pressure, etc. as he grows up. It is best just to keep things under control.