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.
- A child with type 1 diabetes becomes overweight and develops the basic feature of type 2 diabetes and obesity namely, the body becoming resistant to insulin.
- A child with type 2 diabetes has one of the key features of type 1 – namely, the presence of antibodies in the blood caused by the destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas that produce insulin.
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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