Frequently asked questions on important topics / I have type 2 diabetes, and just started insulin. Does that mean I’m type 1 now?

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A: No. Many people with type 2 diabetes who can’t adequately control their blood glucose levels with diet, exercise, or oral medications go on insulin. The type of diabetes you have is defined by the cause, not the treatment. People with type 1 diabetes have experienced beta cell destruction and make insufficient insulin to control their blood glucose levels. People with type 2 generally make enough insulin, but they are resistant to its effects. To further complicate things, people with type 1 diabetes can become insulin resistant, and people with type 2 diabetes can experience some degree of beta cell destruction. However, this usually occurs many years post-diagnosis, and doesn’t change the fundamental type of diabetes you have.

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