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Old 11-10-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

I am a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic (only diagnosed last month) and wondred is it worse to be a Type 1 or Type 2 or is it basically the same?

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

I believe that type 1 is from birth,and is life long,insulin required daily or therabouts.Type 2 is contracted later in life, and can usually be controlled by diet and insulin shots,when
and if required. Serious consequences can arise, if ignored. Good luck Bill

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #3
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

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I am a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic (only diagnosed last month) and wondred is it worse to be a Type 1 or Type 2 or is it basically the same?
Type I is when the body turns on itself and cannot make insulin. Insulin is required to be injected to live. Type 1 is positively identified when a person tests positive for a Gad 65 antibody. Type 1 can effect babies, children, teens, adults, and the elderly. It use to be thought it occurred only to the young and was called juvenile diabetes. It is now known that type 1 can effect any age group but is formally diagnosed when the antibody is present. At this time there is no cure.

Type 2 is also seen in different ages but is usually caused by excess body fat-fat is a hormone too- Type 2 is usually a progressive disease but can be stalled by loosing weight and exercise and even reversed. It is usually treated in the beginiing with pills but studies show to control blood sugars, 7 of 10 people will eventually need insulin.

The complications that may occur from either type 1 or 2 can be horrible. The key is controlling blood sugars. Unfortunately, a person with Type 1 has no control to reverse or stall their disease like a person with Type 2 does. I dont think there is really an answer to your question, just opinions.

 
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

Al...you know I have to jump in here just to let Dewing know that while T2 is USUALLY triggered by excess body fat, it also has a very strong genetic component, and even very thin people can get T2. But certainly keeping within the normal weight range is a big key in both preventing it and in treating it.

Neither one is "worse" or "better"...they both can cause serious complications if not well controlled.

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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

Thanks for this useful discussion. < edited >

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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

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Al...you know I have to jump in here just to let Dewing know that while T2 is USUALLY triggered by excess body fat, it also has a very strong genetic component, and even very thin people can get T2. But certainly keeping within the normal weight range is a big key in both preventing it and in treating it.
The other key with dealing with type 2 is exercise.

Of course, genetic factors may mean that one person may be able to eliminate drug use with just moderate exercise and maintaining ordinary non-obese levels of body fat, while another may need to exercise like and athlete and maintain athlete levels of body fat, while yet another may still need drugs to normalize blood sugar despite exercising like an athlete and maintaining athlete levels of body fat (although s/he will likely need less drugs than if s/he exercised less or none and had more body fat).

Type 1 diabetics need to inject insulin no matter what, unless they receive a pancreas transplant. A pancreas transplant is not generally done by itself, because immunosuppression drugs may cause worse problems than diabetes (e.g. poor resistance to infection, higher risk of cancer), although it may be done if the person needs some other transplant and will be taking immunosuppression drugs anyway.

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

Yeah, ha, they do both suck. However, statistically speaking, type 1 is much worse. Oxidative stress is much, much higher in type 1's and roughly 99% of all diabetic-onset damage, such as blindness and kidney failure, are from type 1 diabetes, not type 2. Once damage starts in type 1 it seems to get exponentially worse, for apparently no reason. Usually, the factors leading up to type 2 diabetes are what can kill a person; type 1 diabetes directly kills the person. Neither are good and both sets of people should do everything they can to lead a healthier life. You can never be too healthy.

 
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

Yeah, type 1 is way worse IMHO. Type 2 may even be cured with the right strategy.

 
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Re: which is worse to have Type 1 or Type 2?

Of course type 2 has a strong genetic component but there are studies that also show that the genetic components also carryover into obesity, so there's the link again. MOST type 2 diabetics are overweight and therefore are more likely to develop more microvascular complications.

type 1s, however, tend to have the disease longer so they are also likely to develop the same complications if not sufficiently controlled.

I happen to think type 1 diabetes is worse because with taking insulin each and everyday you run the risk of more hypo episodes and seizures (I've had countless seizures and wear a continuous glucose monitor to help avoid them) so it's harder in terms of the whole balancing act. type 2s have a lot to worry about with what they eat, but type 1s have more to worry about with what they eat, what activities they do, travelling, excess medical supplies, etc.

 
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