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What Is Double Diabetes?

When a person has elements of both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, they have what we call "double diabetes" (or hybrid diabetes). This is a relatively new phenomenon that can occur when:

Double diabetes is caused by the apparent overlap of the features of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Double diabetes can be present at the time of diabetes diagnosis, making it difficult to diagnose which type of diabetes a person has. Some children with type 1 diabetes develop some of the features of type 2 several years after they are diagnosed.

More and more, people with type 1 diabetes are developing features of type 2 diabetes. Most often this occurs when a person with type 1 diabetes becomes overweight and inactive and when they have a family history of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Last Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 13:31:34
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