Sudden Onset Type 1 Diabetes Adults

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What Is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is required by the body to use glucose, the simple sugar that most foods are broken down into by our digestive system. Without insulin, the body starves to death. It's important to note that everyone is insulin-dependent. People without diabetes make insulin in their pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes must inject insulin. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 850,000 to 1.7 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Of those, about 125,000 are kids 19 and under. An additional 30,000 Americans develop Type 1 diabetes every year, 13,000 of whom are children. Type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent, with an estimated 16 million Americans having Type 2. Millions of people with type 2 diabetes have not yet been diagnosed. Diabetes Develops Gradually The process of developing diabetes is gradual. Studies performed by the Joslin Clinic1 have shown changes as much as nine years before the actual presentation of diabetes symptoms. The development of Type 1 diabetes can be broken down into five stages: Genetic predisposition Environmental trigger Act Continue reading >>

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  1. misstotegirl

    Adult onset Type 1?

    Hi all! New here, just diagnosed last month. I'm assuming I'm type 2, but I have a question.....
    A good friend, a man in his early 40's, was diagnosed with T1 this year. It was a sudden onset, with the classic symptoms of weight loss, increased thirst, fatigue... He is on insulin now and doing well.
    It made me start thinking....I just assumed people were diagnosed with T1 only up to the mid-20s at most. Were any of you diagnosed with T1 at a later age?
    My A1C was 7.1 when I was initially diagnosed. I was put on Metformin 2X a day, and hated it. A month later the doc changed me to long acting Metformin but also drew another A1C, which has climbed to 8.1. I am worried that it is just going to climb and climb without me having any control over it, which will require insulin.

  2. molly1

    what numbers are you getting when you test. Are you taking any other meds? I'm a T2, also and diagnosed in may, 06. However, I think I've had diabetes for a number of years.
    Read as much as you can about diabetes. A good book that I found very informative is "Conquering Diabetes" (Can't work the underline tab) by Dr. Anne L. Peters. I found this book at Barnes and Noble.

  3. deedee

    I was diagnosed Type 1 a few days after my 50th birthday. My symptoms were sudden, like your friend. Intense thirst, weight loss, blurred vision were a few of the signs for about 3 weeks, then intense fatigue and DKA. Even though my doctor thought at first that I was Type 2, he put me on insulin immediately. Then, he admitted me to the hospital where they ran more tests to identify my Type. The C-peptide came back which told them I was Type 1.
    That was a little over two years ago. Now I'm on the pump and doing pretty well.
    Good luck Wendy. Let us know if you have any other questions. We're glad you're here!

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