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Does type 1 happen with obesity?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Rob Mitchell, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. JRW

    JRW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    LOL this thread.
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    There are other risk factors too for developing type 2 diabetes, age, hereditary and certain ethnic groups are at a heightened risk.
     
  3. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Me too, the weekend before diagnosis I'd run a 23 mile fell race in under 4hr 30
     
  4. Totto

    Totto Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In that case I am type 1. Who would have guessed!
     
  5. Pilgrim22

    Pilgrim22 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Totto, have you been diagnosed by a doctor?
    You cannot diagnose your self type 1


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  6. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Tongue in cheek totto?


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  7. Totto

    Totto Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was ironic. Of course I am type 2 but monkeymutha stated it was impossible if you are not obese and with a BMI of 23 I consider myself being of normal weight. Thus I must be type 1.
     
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    oldgreymare Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Let's consider the hypothesis that obesity is a side effect of insulin resistance and/or carb sensitivity as opposed to an underlying causal factor. This means that obesity does not necessarily "cause" diabetes, rather that a common underlying factor (including genetics) may predispose an individual to both type 2 diabetes and obesity. If low carb works for you then I think you have found the culprit (carbs). That said, this is NOT a universal truth - there are plenty of well padded (obese) individuals who tolerate carbs just fine and will never suffer from insulin resistance and/or type 2 diabetes.

    But Type 1 is an autoimmune condition so all the above is irrelevant - well maybe not quite...obesity and metabolic syndrome can be associated with elevated inflammatory responses - these may be involved in triggering/accelerating (auto)immune responses....

    So IMHO obesity is not a direct cause of Type 1 diabetes, but I believe it has the ability to potentiate the symptoms, perhaps shorten LADA stages - just my personal interpretation. But you can definitely be Type 1 and obese. Thin Type 2s are another story ;)
     
  9. amberzak

    amberzak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well said

    Some type 2s are linked to obesity, but that doesn't mean they all are.

    My type one is to do with some disease I had as a child (not sure what it was). No one in my family has type one diabetes.
     
  10. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Looks like someone is stereotyping all type 2's as being obese.... Not on..


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  11. Yorksman

    Yorksman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Type 1 is increasingly seen as an auto immune disorder which is likely triggered by those with a certain genetic make up. It's not just one gene. The auto immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells as it sees them as 'foreign', rather like it attacks other foreign bodies such as bacteria. Of course, this group can include obese people but it is by no means exclusive to them.

    Type 2 is seen as a metabolic disorder where the insulin producing function is impaired. There are likely several causes, obesity being one major cause though most obese people are not diabetic. Again, why some obese people get type 2 whilst most don't probably has some genetic explanation, though it is not well researched. Everyone it seems, has their own particular tipping point, from non diabetic to diabetic, but no one knows what it is until it happens. A very good example of life's a lottery. If obese type 2s can feel cheesed off, spare a thought for those type 2s who are not obese. Some rather thin people can get type 2. That's like someone else holding the gun, spinning the chamber and playing russian roulette with your life. At least, if you are eating too many doughnuts, you know you shouldn't be and that you run a risk.

    The fat cells that you have are laid down at birth. Your body expands or contracts its fat content in these locations. That's why weight goes on and off certain parts of the body and no matter what they do, some people just can't lose it here or there. Some poor souls just get it in the wrong place, liver and pancreas, from the word go.

    Fat cell number is set in childhood and stays constant in adulthood
     
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