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San Antonio, TX
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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Can you tell me which medications are most often prescribed for type 2 diabetes. What are their primary side effects?

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If having ED due to type 2 diabetes, what are some ways to fix this?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
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