From Lancaster, South Carolina, USA:
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 34. I was just told by an oncologist that it was impossible for me to have gotten it at that age. Is he right?
Your age has nothing to do with the type of diabetes that you have. Typeá1 diabetes is characterized by the lack of insulin production from the pancreas. Typeá2 diabetes is characterized as either a decrease in production (but not the complete lack of production of insulin) or insulin resistance.
The oncologist may have been trying to tell you that, in general, younger individuals develop type 1 diabetes or are diagnosed at an earlier age. However, you can develop type 1 at any age. The oldest person diagnosed in my practice is 86 years old and doing quite well. So it is not the age, but whether you are producing insulin, that makes the determination.
Original posting 18 Oct 2003
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.