A few weeks ago I asked people to tell me their diagnosis stories. More alarming than anything was the fact that a number of people told me they were told they have diabetes but not what type of diabetes. Let me catch my breath. Not only am I infuriated by the flippant delivery of a condition like diabetes but also disappointed by the lack of pertinent information to go along with it. In my video, I explain that Type 1 diabetes is caused by autoantibodies. When your doctor sees you have high blood sugar, an antibody panel can identify if the high blood sugar is caused by an autoimmune attack. Type 2 diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar caused by excess c-peptide. When the body produces insulin is produces c-peptide. C-peptide causes insulin resistance. A blood test showing normal to high levels of c-peptide with high blood sugar means it’s likely Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes will have high blood sugar with low or non-existent c-peptide levels. If your doctor does not distinguish this on day 1 of diagnosis, ask for a follow-up ASAP. Ask your doctor to get these results so you can get your answer: is it Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Now I can breathe.
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