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Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Lynne Smith | 2020/08/03

Q.

Misdiagnosis of type 2 diabetes

I was finally found to have type 1. Was I harmed by this? Did I have this much of my life seeing as now I am 64 yrs old?

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2020/08/09

Hi

The diagnosis of Type 1 or type 2 doesn't really have an impact on complications from diabetes, as complications are related to glucose levels, i.e the higher glucose levels are and the longer they are higher for means that you are at higher risk. If glucose levels are controlled, then it doesn't make a difference which type you are. The distinction between type 1 and type 2 is not always made, as 1)there can often be overlap, and patients can sometimes have featuires of both 2) you can get a slow onset of type 1 diabetes, that looks like type 2 diabetes when originally diagnosed, and is often treated like a type 2, except that they progress to requiring insulin sooner.  With type 1 we will have a higher index of suspicion for other autoimmune conditions(thyroid, Coeliac, Addison's, pernicious anemia, vitiligo), but out of these conditions, we often check thyroid and B12 levels in type 2's, and Vitiligo is self evident, so only Coeliac or Addison's may have been missed, but they are not that common, particularly Addison's. So, in answer to your question, you were not harmed in any way. If you are classified as type 1, then you were always type 1

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