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What is the difference between type I and type II diabetes?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

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Hi. Big question.
Here are some brief simple points. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the immune system erroneously kills the beta cells in the pancreas (the cells that make insulin). Insulin is required for life, and type 1's must take insulin. Type 2's are both insulin resistant and insulin deficient (but not autoimmune). Many treatment options, including insulin. Tight control lessens risk

In brief: Textbook full

Hi. Big question.
Here are some brief simple points. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the immune system erroneously kills the beta cells in the pancreas (the cells that make insulin). Insulin is required for life, and type 1's must take insulin. Type 2's are both insulin resistant and insulin deficient (but not autoimmune). Many treatment options, including insulin. Tight control lessens risk
Dr. Thomas Knecht
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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