What Does It Mean To Be An Insulin Dependent Diabetic?

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. It is most often diagnosed in children, adolescents, or young adults. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by special cells, called beta cells. The pancreas is below and behind the stomach. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells. Inside the cells, glucose is stored and later used for energy. With type 1 diabetes, beta cells produce little or no insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of going into the cells. This buildup of glucose in the blood is called hyperglycemia. The body is unable to use the glucose for energy. This leads to the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Most likely, it is an autoimmune disorder. This is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. With type 1 diabetes, an infection or another trigger causes the body to mistakenly attack the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. The tendency to develop autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, can be passed down through families. Continue reading >>

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  1. JodieALee

    I've been diabetic for 2 or 3 years now but only just signed up here. I'm Type 2 and my biggest fear was always becoming Type 1. Mainly because when I was diagnosed I was told by the diabetes nurse that type 2 can be cured if you lose weight and make the changes needed etc. She said i could get off the medication and eventually have the diagnosis taken away. She also said Type 1 is forever end of.
    I've always been told by people that if type 2 gets bad it can become type 1. Recently though i read somewhere that once type 2 always type 2 unless you were wrongly diagnosed as type 2. So now im confused.
    Can anyone help?

  2. Cowboy

    Hi type one and two are very different, you can only become type one if your beta cells in your pancreas are killed off by your own immune system, what causes this isn't clear but definately isn't type two diabetes so type two cannot become type one unless they were destined to be type one regardless of their type two, hmmmm I hope that didn't make your confusion worse
    Everything I've said is just my understanding, I'm not medical

  3. donnellysdogs

    The DSN was basically saying that a T2 can end up on injections.. Thats what they generalise telling patients.
    Details above are good, so won't list more.
    It is true that it is possible
    To end up on injections as a T2 but that does not categorise you as a T1. It just means that you are an insulin dependent T2.
    The correct diet and exercise can reduce or eliminate mmeds for T2's in general but never with a T1.

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