Friday, March 24, 2006

Type 1A?

Okay, so I have been doing some reading today and stumbled across an article that describes two different types of T1 diabetes. Type 1A and type 1B. I didn't know that there were two different types of Type 1. I hope I don't sound stupid reporting this, but I am really confused. My endo, or any doctors for that matter, never told me anything other than that I am T1, that is my diagnosis. Does anyone have a better understanding on this? Please share????

1 comment:

Felix Kasza said...

Hi Nikki,

Type 1A: auto-immune

1B: idiopathic (unknown origin); this _may_ be auto-immune, as not all patients show islet cell antibodies etc.

There are about 50 or so other categories of diabetes.

That said, the distinguishing characteristic of T1 is, for practical purposes, an absolute insulin deficiency. Whether it's 1A or a non-auto-immune 1B will matter only if a true cure for 1A is found -- fixing the immune system won't help if one's trouble doesn't come from there.

Cheers,
Felix.