Sunday, January 20, 2013

I Am A Double Diabetic

Many T1 diabetics have been found to have insulin resistance (IR). IR is a T2 characteristic, and seems out of place with a T1. These individuals are usually given Metformin to help reduce the IR. A T1 with IR and taking a T2 drug is called a "double diabetic". I was diagnosed with IR in 1998 and took T2 drugs (Avandia and Metformin) for 13 years. The Metformin was the best for me. I had gained weight in the 1990's and Metformin caused me to lose that weight, and reduce my IR. The insulin dosages were also reduced. I have known for many years that the more insulin I use, the more weight I gain. I stopped using Metformin about a year ago, and my weight is very stable. My weight is supposed to be in the 170-200 range, and my current weight is 179.

Just one extra note. A double diabetic does not have T2. It is not possible for a T1 to become a T2. My pancreas stopped producing insulin when I was 6, so I was T1 then and always will be. A T2 still produces insulin at the time of diagnosis.

1 comment:

  1. A balanced diet and daily exercise are ways to prevent diabetes. In your case, keep coordinating insulin before your meals. You can try nordic pole walking to help you manage your diabetes; its moderate cardio and resistance training will help you decrease your blood sugar level.

    Cindi Badillo