Diabetes

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Posted by: Patrick | 2012/06/01

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Combination of type1 and 2

Is it possible to have a combination of the two and how it happens. That''s my doctor''s opinion.

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Dear Patrick
Yes it is possible to have both type 1 and type 2, and this is sometimes called ‘double diabetes’. Type 2 diabetes is very common, and even though type 1 occurs less, there are certainly patients with features of both. The features of type 1 would be raised antibodies against the pancreas which can be measured in the blood confirming evidence of the autoimmune nature of type 1. The features of type 2 would be those of insulin resistance(skin tags with or without darkening of the skin around neck or under the arms), family history and increased weight.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/06/08

Dear Patrick
Yes it is possible to have both type 1 and type 2, and this is sometimes called ‘double diabetes’. Type 2 diabetes is very common, and even though type 1 occurs less, there are certainly patients with features of both. The features of type 1 would be raised antibodies against the pancreas which can be measured in the blood confirming evidence of the autoimmune nature of type 1. The features of type 2 would be those of insulin resistance(skin tags with or without darkening of the skin around neck or under the arms), family history and increased weight.

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