Double Diabetes : A threat to Type 1 Diabetics


Apart from all the very complications known about Type1 Diabetes, the one which is very less talked is Double Diabetes. 

As everyone is well aware that Type1 diabetes is a condition where one’s body doesn’t produce Insulin or there is complete absence of Insulin. Usually, Type 1 diabetes can be managed by taking Insulin from outside, but in long standing diabetes, there are chances of developing some complications, one of which is ‘Poor absorption of Insulin’.

This complication is usually attributed to obesity. An overweight Type 1 patient may develop Insulin resistance over a period of time. For this we have to first understand the basic difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes – Body doesn’t produce Insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes – Body produces Insulin but unable to use it, because of Insulin resistance as a result of Obesity.

Now we can understand, if a Type 1 patient is overweight or obese for so long, so as to develop Insulin resistance, he/she may take Insulin from outside but will be unable to utilize it in the body. This will add to the ordeal and eventually, the patient has to take Oral Anti-diabetic drugs to supplement the Insulin taken from outside.

Now, it makes sense if I say Double diabetes is a deadly combo of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, where a Type 1 diabetic patient has developed Type 2 Diabetes as a result of Insulin resistance.

(Remember : The most common cause of Type 2 diabetes is Obesity, but this can’t be generalized, as there are so many people who have a perfect body weight and still have Type 2 Diabetes. Other factors may attribute like genetic factors, stress, poor lifestyle etc.)


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