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General Diabetes Facts And Information

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream — causing one’s blood glucose (sometimes referred to as blood sugar) to rise too high. There are two major types of diabetes. In type 1 (fomerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent) diabetes, the body completely stops producing any insulin, a hormone that enables the body to use glucose found in foods for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive. This form of diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, but can occur at any age. Type 2 (formerly called adult-onset or non insulin-dependent) diabetes results when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or is unable to use insulin properly (insulin resistance). This form of diabetes usually occurs in people who are over 40, overweight, and have a family history of diabetes, although today it is increasingly occurring in younger people, particularly adolescents. How do people know if they have diabetes? People with diabetes frequently experience certain symptoms. These include: being very thirsty frequent urination 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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