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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for an obese young adult to develop type 1 diabetes and not type 2?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
DM: Usually not. An obese young adult may develop type 2 rather than type 1.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Yes : Obesity is known to increase risk for developing type 1 dm in both adults and kids. Some adults with type 2 diabetes also have antibodies for type 1 diabetes. Some would argue that both types of diabetes are the same disease on either side of the spectrum. We do sometimes diagnose children with "double diabetes" when they clearly have antibodies but also significant chronic Insulin resistance.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for an obese young adult to get type 1 diabetes and not type 2?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes: Pretty uncommon, though.
Dr. Mabria Loqman
Bariatrics 39 years experience
Yes it's called LADA
Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Latent autoimmune diabetes of the adult can occur with or without obesity.
Dec 8, 2014
Last updated Jun 25, 2014
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