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Can You Develop Type 1 Diabetes?

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About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes. In the past, type 1 diabetes was called juvenile diabetes, juvenile-onset diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes. Today we realize those terms aren't accurate. People can develop type 1 as adults, children can develop type 2, and people with type 2 might need to take insulin shots. Causes Type 1 diabetes is known as an autoimmune disease. It happens because a person's immune system destroys the body's beta cells, which make insulin and release it into the blood stream. These cells are located in an organ called the pancreas. When the immune system destroys the beta cells, the body stops being able to make insulin. Signs of type 1 diabetes start to show up when half or more of the beta cells have been destroyed. People who have type 1 diabetes will begin to take insulin shots right away, to replace the insulin their bodies no longer make. Type 1 diabetes is inherited, which means a group of genes that can lead to type 1 diabetes is passed down from mothers and fathers to their children. A person with a parent, brother, or sister with type 1 diabetes has a greater chance of also developing type 1 diabetes. Genes play an important Continue reading >>

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  1. MummaStuart

    Hi there ladies,
    I'm a first time mum and have been diagnosed with GD following the 2 hour GTT at 20 weeks. Fasting 4.6 / 1st Hour 10.8 / 2nd Hour 7.4.
    I am now testing my blood sugars 4 times a day and my results are between 4 and 5.7. Bubba is measuring perfect, my blood pressure in perfect and I do not have any symptoms of GD other than being overweight. I eat a very good and balanced diet and do not have a sweet tooth at all so there was no change in my diet from before the GTT to now.
    Is it possible to be misdiagnosed?
    I feel the GTT is very ambiguous as I would never have the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar in one sitting so of course you would test positive if your body isn't used to that. I dread the fact that I will need to test myself 4 times a day for the next 17 weeks knowing I do not have GD.
    I have a dietitian appointment next week followed by an appointment the following week with the diabetic nurse but I feel like I want to go back to my GP to see if I can be retested for GD. It's really hard working full-time in an already high stress job without having to juggle all these additional appointments and trying to keep my blood pressure down!
    Has anyone else had this issue of possibly being misdiagnosed and what did you go to combat it?
    Thanks lovelies!
    MummaStuart

  2. suline

    Why did you have to do the gtt at 20 weeks, that's very early? It's recommended from 24 to 28weeks

  3. MummaStuart

    The midwife wanted me to have it then because I am overweight and therefore apparently high risk.
    I feel like if I get it done at the recommended time I wouldn't be in this situation now.

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