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Type 1 And Type 2

Differences Between Understanding diabetes starts with knowing the different types of diabetes and their key differences. The two most common types are type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes In type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin due to an overactive immune system. So people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children and young adults but can also appear in older adults. Type 2 diabetes In type 2 diabetes, your body prevents the insulin it does make from working right. Your body may make some insulin but not enough. Most people with diabetes—about 90% to 95%—have type 2. This kind of diabetes usually happens in people who are older, although even younger adults may be diagnosed with it. Type 2 diabetes also usually occurs in people who are overweight. In fact, about 8 out of 10 people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) Some women may develop diabetes during pregnancy, which is called gestational diabetes. Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes doesn't mean a woman had diabetes before or would continue to have diabetes after giving birth. A woman should follow her Continue reading >>

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  1. Appetite4destruction

    So I was diagnosed in January with T2 diabetes. This was based in a blood test from October. I was on metformin and glyburide, but after a few months I started forgetting to take them and really haven't been on them for about 4 months.
    I changed my diet radically, of course. I haven't had soda or fruit juice since the diagnosis. I've actively avoided carbs. I've also been looking into a plant-based diet with my wife. We are pretty convinced that this is just going to be better for us, overall. We aren't 100% on board yet, but I've avoided red meat (I've eaten red meat 3 or 4 times since diagnosis) and have started to cut back on meat altogether. We've been exploring vegetarian/vegan meals, and the completely different cooking methods and shopping habits that go along with that.
    I had a physical this week, and of course my doctor wants me to start taking the pills again. And he sends me for another blood test. My A1C was 6.7 and they said keep doing what I'm doing, as it's working.
    So, should I still get back on the pills? Anybody have any experience with diet changing or eradicating their diabetes?

  2. alan_s

    A1c is only one indicator. It does not show your peak spikes after meals, which are one of the sources of damage.
    6.7% is probably pretty good if we can presume you were higher at diagnosis, but you should be aiming closer to or under 6% in the long term.
    What is your problem with red meat? Whatever the reasons for avoiding it, red meat does not raise your blood glucose levels. On the other hand, your choices of plants in a vegetarian/vegan menu needs to be guided by your post-meal spikes. You need to take particular care with portion sizes of fruits, grains and root vegetables.
    Anybody have any experience with diet changing or eradicating their diabetes?
    I know no-one who has eradicated their diabetes with dietary change. It is an incurable condition. But I know many, including myself, who have taken control of it with dietary change to the point where I have no complications - yet.
    My story is here.

  3. NewTaq

    A1c is only one indicator. It does not show your peak spikes after meals, which are one of the sources of damage.
    Can you explain that? The A1c says how many of the red bloodcells have fused with sugar, and this happens when too much sugar is in the blood. They stay for roughly 120 days in the body and are the reason for damage. I have read several times now that it doesn't give info about the spikes, but no explanation why. Even if the sugar is just shortly high, the fused bloodcells still emerge, and they still stay for 120 days in the body, so those are in the A1c.

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