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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. How does diabetes affect the body? When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and star Continue reading >>

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  1. Dominic McNaughton

    It is possible - people with Type 1 can develop insulin resistance just like everyone else, resulting in Type 2 diabetes. This is referred to a Double Diabetes, not Type 3 diabetes.

  2. Mystery.

    Technically, or basically, yes you can have both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes simultaneously. Type 1 diabetes is defined as “ a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin,” which is basically a hormone necessary to convert glucose into energy inside cells. Essentially the individual is dependent on insulin injections for survival since the pancreas is most likely non-functional. Type 2 diabetes is “long term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin,” and typically occurs as a result of consuming high-sugar foods, low-quality carbohydrate meals, and multiple other factors.

  3. Stewart Edgington

    As a T1 diabetic for over 35 years I have found myself needing to research more and more since precious little is communicated by the MDs. Essentially T1 diabetes is the result of an auto immune response to something that provokes the body to attack the beta cells and eventually destroy them. When this happens somewhat slowly in older individuals it is often confused with T2. But what is really happening is the beta cell destruction is happening slowly and eventually becomes T1 diabetes. This intermediary stage is now termed T1.5 diabetes.
    T2 is often seen as a weight problem. This is because the people who become T2 generally have a rather bad diet with too much of the dietary factors that cause the insulin resistance and also cause obesity.
    The factors causing the insulin resistance are primarily branched chain amino acids in tandem with saturated fatty acids. These branched chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine come from animal sources just as saturated fatty acids do. OK so what happens with high consumption of these factors is that there is an increase in insulin resistance and at the same time an increase in insulin production. So we get the double whammy of too much insulin while not using it effectively. Hence, we get hyperglycemia or high blood sugar which means diabetes.
    The good news is that a change in diet can easily reverse this in about 75% of all cases. That change needs to be pretty strong to succeed. The emphasis must be on high fiber, high carbohydrate, low fat and low animal protein. When I changed my diet my insulin intake was reduced from about 46 units per day to about 36 units per day. So in fact I did reduce my insulin resistance even though it was not so severe that it could be said that I also had T2 diabetes. Other T1 diabetics have had similar results.

    So keep in mind insulin resistance at a certain level will result in T2 but we generally do have it years before developing T2. So the short answer to the question is you bet! one can have both.

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