Autoimmune or not: What's Type 1b diabetes?
I still have diabetes. But now, it's called Idiopathic Type 1 diabetes, or Type 1b diabetes. I had never heard of this before the doctor called to give me my test results from last week. I had been wondering and wondering about it since last Friday and finally, during lunch, the doctor called to tell me that I have Type 1b diabetes.
Like everyone else in my life, you're probably asking what that means for me and if I still have to take insulin. Yes, it's practically the same thing and no, it doesn't change the way I live my life. I just know now that I have the type of Type 1 that isn't an autoimmune disease.
So what is it? It's hereditary. Yep. It's a gene that I carried around and something triggered the diabetes; an environmental factor. Interestingly enough, people with this type of diabetes are usually misdiagnosed to believe that they have Type 2 diabetes when in fact, it's Type 1. There are even times of insulin independence, says the first article I read after Googling the terminology.
Nonetheless, what I gathered is that this type of diabetes doesn't have anything attacking it. I don't produce insulin but unlike the autoimmune Type 1a, which means that it was a person's own body attacking itself, my pancreas just doesn't want to work.
This form of type 1 diabetes is not autoimmune in nature, and tests for islet cell antibodies will come up negative. People with type 1 B have an insulin deficiency and can experience ketoacidosis (a high blood sugar emergency), but their need for insulin injections typically waxes and wanes over time.
Islet cells are those that make Continue reading