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at what age can you get type 1 diabetes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Rare < 5: The loss or inability to make Insulin defines type1. It is very rare but reported in early infancy.I've seen 2 <2y in 30yr, most cases seem to cluster in 7-12yr age group. With this definition, we also see late teens or adulthood and can be confusing to some who only expect type 2 in adults.

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What should I know if I have diabetes and I want to get pregnant?

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Dr. Erin Alward
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See your doctor: Diabetes is much safer in pregnancy if it is under good control before you get pregnant. Some of the diabetic medicines are not safe in pregnancy. It is always best for a diabetic woman to see her doctor before she considers pregnancy.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can taking statins increase my risk of diabetes?

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Controversial: There is not a consensus yet. The confusing issue is that those individuals who need statis the most are also frequently at high risk for developing diabetes. I would not let this issue keep you from taking a stain if indicated.
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Who must be on my ob diabetes health care team?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Your OB/and an endoc: Your OB doc and if needed a consult with endocrinologist.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Will I be on diabetes med forever? My recent A1c is 6.5. Any advise to help me get off med is appreciated.

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Lifestyle: Assuming you are asking about type 2 diabetes, anything you can do to reduce your Insulin requirement may allow you to make enough Insulin without the help of meds. Changes might include: eating fewer carbs, eating less overall to lose wt, exercising more to lose wt, and building muscle to increase Insulin sensitivity. Good luck! note: if you have type 1 dm, only Insulin will treat it.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Is type 2 diabetes a lesser evil? Can type 2 become type 1 or vice versa? Can folks with type 1 be cured like folks with type 2 no longer need meds?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Diabetes 1 vs 2: Type 1 diabetes refers to the type where one totally stops making Insulin (e.g. Due to pancreas antibodies) and therefore Insulin is generally the only treatment possible . Type 1 can affect all ages including children/adolescents. Type 2 diabetes is more prevelant due to the increase in obesity rates. Eventually most type 2 diabetics need Insulin but weight loss can reverse it. Oral meds help.

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