What Is Type 1 Diabetes

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What Is It Like Dating A Type 1 Diabetic Man?

I've not dated another T1 diabetic, but I was diagnosed with T1 at 13, so I've had a variety of relationships. Of course dating a T1 isn't the same as dating people without. We have lots of specific needs. Those needs can be overwhelming to someone without any first hand experience. However, diabetes is part of you and a constant thing in your life. There are ups and downs (far beyond blood glucose readings) and it can seem really scary to those lucky enough not to be experiencing it themselves or to someone they love. When a relationship is still in early days, they need to know what to do should you show symptoms of a low or high, but they also don't need to step in to learn all of the ins and outs. There will be times that your diabetes might call for a slight change in plans, and if they take issue with that they don't deserve to be in your life. Don't try to hide your diabetes from anyone. It's not in any way your fault or a reflection on you as a person. Let dates ask questions if they want to. People are generally very uninformed. A bit of education can do wonders. Be matter of fact with them. Remind them that you take care of yourself, and that it isn't like they'll need to Continue reading >>

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  1. Shravan Kumar

    In general, people with diabetes either have a total lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes).
    Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
    Type 1 Diabetes
    Often diagnosed in childhood
    Not associated with excess body weight
    Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis
    Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump
    Cannot be controlled without taking insulin
    Type 2 Diabetes
    Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
    Not associated with excess body weight
    Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
    Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
    Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication

    You can join online communities like the diabetes community on the CareSpace app CareSpace - Android Apps on Google Play to meet others who suffer from it as well as doctors and physicians who can advice you further.

  2. Shruti Padmanabhan

    Do you really know the key difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? The truth is that diabetes, in itself, can be a confusing term. More often than not, you’ll read and hear a lot about “diabetes” in general, without any mention of the type. While both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterized by a higher than normal blood sugar level, the cause, the development, and often, the preferred treatment aren’t the same.

  3. Shravani Babladi

    Here's something funny that'll also sort the confusion out easily.
    Imagine a car (you) running on 8 cylinders.
    If you have type 1 diabetes, the car will simply not run. The engine won't start. You'll need a tow-truck (insulin pump) to get it to move.
    However, if you have type 2 diabetes, your car will go from point A to B, but it's not running on 8 cylinders. You may or may not realize this. Depending on how many cylinders remain functional, you may need a few lifestyle changes or oral hypoglycemics or Insulin.
    Hope it helps.


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