Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA:

What can you tell me about a phenomenon called "Double Diabetes" where the patient has type 1diabetes and then develops symptoms of type 2 diabetes?


The phenomenon you are talking about was discussed recently at and in several other news sources. There are those with both types of diabetes. Mostly, it is a clear type 1 who then, as a teen begins to gain weight and require lots of insulin. When checked, there are signs of the metabolic syndrome, central weight gain, elevated lipids, hypertension, etc. A family history of obesity, type 2 diabetes, early heart attacks, strokes, and a minority heritage only adds fuel to the fire. Sometimes it is very hard to know what the type of diabetes it really is. Insulin always works, but sometimes we try oral agents to see the effect.


Additional comments from Dr. David Schwartz:

Although this has been reported in the press, there is no medical definition of "double diabetes."


Original posting 30 Jul 2005
Posted to Other


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:04
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.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.