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Does a full blood count detect diabetes type 2 or diabetes type 1? Is type 2 an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: No

But a fasting blood glucose or Hgb a1c test would show diabetes.
It does not distinguish between the two types of diabetes however. Type 1 is often considered an autoimmune disorder but type 2 more a lifestyle issue- too much fat not enough exercise. Type 1 usually requires insulin and type 2 only on occasions (may reverse to normal with weight loss).

In brief: No

But a fasting blood glucose or Hgb a1c test would show diabetes.
It does not distinguish between the two types of diabetes however. Type 1 is often considered an autoimmune disorder but type 2 more a lifestyle issue- too much fat not enough exercise. Type 1 usually requires insulin and type 2 only on occasions (may reverse to normal with weight loss).
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