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Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by NoName, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. NoName

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    Okay, so, I'm doing an assignment, basically it's a free response, but we had to choose two things to compare and contrast. I came up with comparing and contrasting type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
    Can some of you parents give me your ideas on some things that are similar and some things that are different? :)
    Thanks much! :D
     
  2. miss_behave

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    Different:
    T1 is autoimmune, T2 is lifestyle related/genetic
    T1 is always insulin dependent, T2 may be able to be treated with diet/exercise/oral medications
    T1's get ketones & ketoacidosis, Type 2 rarely do

    Same:
    both require monitoring of blood sugar levels
    both require following by an endocrinologist
    both can get similar complications if good control is not kept
    both are incurable (despite what some say about T2 :rolleyes:)
     
  3. NoName

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    Great, thank you! :D:D
     
  4. TheFormerLantusFiend

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    T2s get into hyperosmolar comas
    T2s sometimes have to take 100s of unit of insulin per day.
    Onset of T1 is faster than T2
    Both have many different known causes, as well as some unknown causes
    Both are partly but not entirely genetic (ie an identical twin is at high risk but might not develop diabetes)
    Both types of diabetics are subject to discrimination.
    T2 tends to start in older people.
     
  5. momandwifeoftype1s

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    I have a neat photo of my son (t-1), my husband (t-1), and his dad (t-2) sitting together at the table with their meters and pokers. My husband is helping his dad to learn to use the Multiclix lancet. I could send it to you if it might help you. It's kind of neat to see them together, with a common task of checking blood sugars. Send me a PM if you'd like the photo.

    Amy
     
  6. NoName

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    Thank you so much! :)
     
  7. momandwifeoftype1s

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    I sent you a PM with the photos. Hope that helps!
     
  8. Lisa P.

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    What a clever idea. Bet that will wake the teacher up, those essays get so boring to read. . . .
     

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