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Doctor insights on: What Is The Earliest Age That Someone Can Be Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Brother, dad, aunt, uncles, and grandfather all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes/lada in early 40s. I'm 34 with fasting bg in the 90s. What are my odds?

Brother, dad, aunt, uncles, and grandfather all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes/lada in early 40s. I'm 34 with fasting bg in the 90s. What are my odds?

Haqrd to say: It seems to be pretty strong in your family and yiou are not 40;. The gene for type 1 diabetes has not been identified so there is no way to check. I'm afraid you will just have to wait and see. 40 is pretty old to develop type i so it is unusual anyway. ...Read more

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At what age can you get type 1 diabetes?

At what age can you get type 1 diabetes?

Any age...: Typically under 25, but adults get a version, lada- latent autoimmune diabetes in the adult that acts and looks the same as youth version- require Insulin to stay alive. ...Read more

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When does type 1 diabetes start? What age?

When does type 1 diabetes start? What age?

Usually in childhood: When a person is in their 30's and obese it can be difficult and take time and special test to determine if they are really type i or Insulin using type 2 diabetics. ...Read more

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Can type 1 diabetes only emerge at a young age?

Can type 1 diabetes only emerge at a young age?

No: T1dm used to be called "juvenile diabetes" but that term is no longer used since t1dm can come at any age, although it is more prevalent in young people. ...Read more

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What tests are performed to diagnose type 1 diabetes?

What tests are performed to diagnose type 1 diabetes?

Several available: The classical presentation is a very sick child with blood sugars 5-10 x normal & evidence of sugar & fat breakdown in the urine. It may be picked up with a random urine test(sugar) or random blood sugar to high, or A1c level above normal. Some reserch labs look into antibodies to Insulin producing cells but this not used for most cases. Blood sugars that are too high are the main screening tool. ...Read more

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What would be the average/most common age range for developing type 1 diabetes?

What would be the average/most common age range for developing type 1 diabetes?

10-15 years: The incidence varies by country. See: <a href="<a href="http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623"" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623"</a>; rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623</a>" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623</a></a>; & <a href="<a href="http://www.Pitt.Edu/~iml. ...Read more

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What risk factors are associated with type 1 diabetes and what is the usual age of onset?

What risk factors are associated with type 1 diabetes and what is the usual age of onset?

Any age: The only significant risk factor for type 1 diabetes is a history of autoimmune disease in the family. There are no risk factors that you can modify. Type 1 diabetes typically occurs in children and young adults, but can occur at any age (which is why we don't call it "juvenile diabetes" anymore). ...Read more