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how do people get type 1 diabetes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Quirky antibodies: T1dm is the endpoint to a quirky reaction to a viral illness. The body makes antibodies to the virus which chases them off, but the antibodies linger & begin attacking the Insulin producing cells in your body. The antibodies eventually end your ability to make Insulin & you must use artificial Insulin to replace it.

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Can taking statins increase my risk of diabetes?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
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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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Who must be on my ob diabetes health care team?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do people get diabetes type 1?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Mostly unknown: The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most people with type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet) cells in the pancreas. Genetics may play a role in this process, and exposure to certain viruses may trigger the disease.

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