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Types of Diabetes

Types of Diabetes: the reversible, the misdiagnosed & more

Which ONE can you reverse? Which ONES are commonly misdiagnosed? Better find out, Ladies...because those aren't the only types of Diabetes.

Read on to learn about Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, LADA, MODY and more!


Type 2 Diabetes

 Type 2 Diabetes = 80 to 90% of all cases of Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of Diabetes and CAN be reversed

(see below for how to reverse it)

Type 2 Diabetes happens because you don’t make enough insulin or your body can't use insulin properly.

Type 2 Diabetes usually happens in middle-aged adults, but Type 2 Diabetes can happen at any age, even in young children!  

You have a bigger risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes if you're overweight and don’t get much daily exercise.  

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms:

  • Very thirsty, dry mouth
  • Having to pee a lot
  • Very tired, no energy
  • Tingling/numbness in hands or feet
  • Frequent fungal infections
  • Wounds slow to heal
  • Blurry vision

If you have these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.

The Path to Type 2 Diabetes

The path to Type 2 Diabetes starts with a metabolic problem called Insulin Resistance.

With Insulin Resistance, you still have blood sugar control, but you make way more insulin than you really need because your body doesn't use it very well.

Insulin Resistance can continue for a long time, even years in some cases!

But for most people, their insulin resistance quickly becomes progressively worse and they start to experience blood sugar control problems...this next stage is called Prediabetes.  

Once your blood sugar control becomes quite severe, you progress to Type 2 Diabetes.

Here's what that progression looks like:

What Is Insulin Resistance

You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes!

You can reverse Insulin Resistance, Prediabetes and EVEN Type 2 Diabetes!


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Gestational Diabetes

 Gestational Diabetes = 2 to 10% of all pregnancies

Most doctors test all pregnant moms for Gestational Diabetes. If you're pregnant and not sure if you've been tested for Gestational Diabetes...ask to be tested.

Gestational Diabetes happens when a woman gets very high blood sugars during her pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes poses the risk of complications to both the mom and baby during AND after the pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes usually goes away within a few months after the pregnancy...

...but about 10% of women with Gestational Diabetes stay being Diabetic after the pregnancy and are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Risks DURING a Gestational Diabetes Pregnancy:

  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure with damage to liver and kidneys)
  • Overweight baby (increases delivery complications and Diabetes risk for baby)
  • Risk of early labor
  • Risk of lung problems for the baby
  • Risk of hypoglycemia in the newborn baby
  • Increased risk of gestational diabetes in next pregnancies
  • Increased chance of miscarriage or stillbirth (can happen if the Gestational Diabetes is uncontrolled )

Lifelong Risks to CHILD of Mom with Gestational Diabetes

  • Over 5x higher risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes sometime in their life
  • Higher risk of being overweight or obese during their lifetime
  • Increased risk of ADHD
  • Possible increased risk of autism and developmental disabilities (some research says yes, but scientists aren't 100% sure yet)

Lifelong Risks to MOM with Gestational Diabetes

  • 20 to 50% chance of getting Type 2 Diabetes sometime in her life
  • About 50% of moms with Gestational Diabetes will get Diabetes within 5 to 10 years

Gestational Diabetic moms AND their children can prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes:

Can A Gestational Diabetic Mom Have A Normal Pregnancy in The Future?

Yes! The best way to make this happen is to eat a healthy diet high in fiber, lose excess weight after your baby is born, and get daily exercise BEFORE you get pregnant again.

Then once you get pregnant, continue eating a healthy diet high in fiber and getting daily exercise.

Is Pre-Gestational Diabetes the same as Gestational Diabetes?

No. Pre-Gestational Diabetes is when you already have Diabetes and then get pregnant. Pre-Gestational Diabetes is considered a high risk pregnancy.

Type 1 Diabetes

 Type 1 Diabetes = 5 to 10 % of all cases of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes very high blood sugar. "Autoimmune" means the body attacks itself and kills important cells.

In Type 1 Diabetes, the insulin cells in the pancreas are mostly destroyed by the autoimmune reaction.

Because the pancreas can no longer make insulin, Type 1 Diabetics must use insulin injections to control their high blood sugar.

Without daily insulin injections, Type 1 Diabetics will die.

Type 1 Diabetes almost always develops in childhood or early adulthood, but it can develop at any age.

Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed from a Diabetes-related Autoantibodies test. 

Type 1 Diabetes cannot be reversed.

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms:

  • Very thirsty, dry mouth
  • Having to pee a lot
  • Very tired, no energy
  • Very hungry all the time
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Peeing while asleep
  • Blurry vision
  • Very dry skin
  • Fruity breath odor

If you have these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.

LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)

 LADA = 5% of all cases of Diabetes

(some research indicates it might be closer to 10%) 

LADA is sometimes called Type 1.5 Diabetes and usually happens to adults past the age of 30.

Like Type 1 Diabetes, LADA is also an autoimmune disease and the insulin cells of the pancreas are destroyed.

Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, in which you need insulin therapy, LADA progresses very slowly, so you likely won’t need insulin for many years.

LADA is usually diagnosed based on testing C-peptide and GAD antibodies levels.

Males seem to get LADA more than females, and a significant family history of Diabetes is usually present.

LADA cannot be reversed, but it can be slowed down with diet and lifestyle therapy and meds.

It’s common that LADA is first misdiagnosed as Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes.

If you're lean, physically active and have recently lost a lot of weight, you might actually have LADA.

If you've been diagnosed with Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes, and your diet and lifestyle changes and/or meds aren’t working...talk to your doctor about LADA.

MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young)

 MODY = 2 % of all cases of Diabetes

MODY is a type of diabetes that happens because of a mutation in a single gene.

Though MODY can be diagnosed at any age, MODY most commonly gets diagnosed during adolescence.

MODY is more likely if the person is not obese and there is a strong family history of Diabetes in multiple generations (grandparent >> parent >> child all have Diabetes).

MODY is always diagnosed based on a gene test.

Diet and lifestyle therapy is a very effective strategy for MODY.

MODY cannot be reversed and you might need insulin therapy as the disease progresses (some people never need insulin). 

It’s common that MODY is first misdiagnosed as Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes.

If you've been diagnosed with Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes...

  • AND have a strong family history of Diabetes
  • AND your diet and lifestyle changes and/or meds aren’t working

...talk to your doctor about MODY.

Type of Diabetes: Wrap Up

I hope you've enjoyed learning about Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, LADA and MODY in today's blog post: Type of Diabetes.

  • Did you find out which one you can reverse? (answer: Type 2 Diabetes...learn how here)
  • Did you find out which types of diabetes are commonly misdiagnosed? (answer: LADA, MODY)
  • Do you think you might have Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes? Read this.
  • Do you already have Prediabetes and want to join other ladies who are working at getting healthy again? Then join our Healthy U Group!

About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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