Can Type 2 Diabetes Turn Into Type 1? It’s not easy when you have diabetes regardless of which type it is. You can live a normal life as long as your diabetes is controlled. But let’s talk about the difference between both types of diabetes and how they affect your life. We first need to know what each type of diabetes is and how to handle it.
What is the Difference Between Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes?
There may be many folks who have type 2 diabetes and for adults, that equates to approximately 90-95% of all those who suffer from diabetes. That is the overwhelming majority of all diabetics.
I just want to set the record straight by saying that type 2 diabetes cannot turn into type 1 diabetes. But there is a possibility that if you are diagnosed with type 2, that you can still receive a diagnosis of type 1 somewhere down the line.
Type 1 diabetes is when your pancreas produces little to no insulin and you are most likely diagnosed with type 1 at an early age. But it is possible to develop type 1 later on in your life even though it’s not typical to do so.
Type 2 diabetes in someone who actually does receive a diagnosis of type 1 later on was typically misdiagnosed in the first place.
Yes, the biggest reason that makes sense when you are later on told you have type 1 diabetes is that you were misinformed of your type 2 diabetes in the first place. Tests are always done, but not properly diagnosed. It’s important to discuss everything with your doctor to make sure the tests were read right and performed correctly. But even then, there’s no guarantee that the results are 100% right.
Insulin- The Facts
We all require our bodies to produce insulin. When this either doesn’t happen at all or not enough, diabetes is or can be the end result. For type 1 diabetics, you are required to have insulin injections. For type 2 you may need insulin injections if medications and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your blood sugars.
Type 2 Diabetes vs. Type 1 Diabetes
Again, type 1 diabetics require insulin. It’s imperative to survive. This autoimmune disease which can be hereditary requires insulin injections for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 diabetics have options such as proper diet and exercise and medications that will lower your blood sugar, but medications are not the best way to choose to control your diabetes as a type 2. Following a proper diet and exercising can keep your blood sugars down and keep you off medications.
What about the Symptoms?
With type 1 diabetes, your blood sugar is too high. It is obvious from the symptoms of excessive thirst and hunger, blurred vision, numbness and/or tingling in the feet, weight loss, and also fatigue. In addition if your sugar gets extremely high it can cause symptoms of nausea, dry skin, and rapid breathing.
These identical symptoms can occur in type 2 diabetics, but not for a good number of years and by this time these symptoms have already taken a toll on your body and you had no clue the whole time. It can also cause numbness and/or pain in your feet or hands and possibly erectile dysfunction in males.
Treatments for Both Types
First of all the best treatment is not medication and doctor visits. It’s diet and exercise. I know I may sound like a broken record but that’s the facts Jack! LOL
It is essential to follow a healthy diet and stick to it. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change that’s permanent. This goes for anything that has to do with either type of diabetes.
Get an exercise machine, put your headphones on and have some fun! Lift weights. Pick something, but just do it. You will begin to feel better and it will help your blood sugars and diabetes.
Last, but not least. Check your blood sugars regularly according to your doctor’s orders. I check mine twice a day. Everyday. Period. If you’re on medication, take them. The better you take care of yourself, the sooner you might be able to come off your medications. Be proactive!
Can Type 2 Develop into Type 1?
The simple answer once again is no. You’ll have enough to do to control either type 2 or type 1 diabetes. But the best thing you can do is to see and discuss everything you do with your doctor. They are the professionals and they know best.
Can Type 2 Diabetes Turn Into Type 1? No way. It simply cannot. But misdiagnosis in the beginning is a possibility. Whichever type of diabetes you have, it’s important to control it and turn it around. Diabetes doesn’t mean a death sentence IF you control it.