Is there anyone out there that can explain the new concept of being not only T1 but also T2 at the same time?

I have a 15 yoa neice and she has been a T1 diabetic since she was 8 yoa. Recently she was diagnois as not only a T1 but also has T2 diabetes. I asked my own dr. about it and he stated this is the newest thing. I would like to learn more about if anyone can explain it. Thanks!-----Lana

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Well Lana,I never heard of that but I know what your neice doctor means,I have a patient diagnosed as insulin dependent diabetes( type1),if she miss a dose or had stress she will be admitted in DKA,at 17y,she wanted to reduce her weight,we put her on a diet,reducing total daily shots.Her blood glucose started coming down with hypo,she ended up with no insulin,I admitted her to observe if it was really true,investigated her for causes of hypoglycemia in a diabetic,could not find a cause.She was without insulin for 3 months then started again but on less than her half dose.
Her father,brother,half brother are autoimmune type1 diabetics.I presented this case every where with no answer.She is not insulin dependent any more!!!!
There was a reported woman whose diabetes disappeared when she developed rheumatoid arthritis.!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wouldn't exactly call it the "newest thing". Makes your doc sound a bit behind the times. It's totally possible for Type 1's to become insulin resistant and progress to the diagnosis of Type 2. Just means that your niece will be dependent on not only insulin, but also Type 2 orals like metformin or such. They are 2 different diseases so it's possible to have both.
that's just making it harder than it already is. You can't be both, but you can be type1 because you don't make any or very little insulin, and insulin resistant. There is no easy explanation for any of it. How about diabetic denial? Sometimes I think that maybe yesterday was just a bad day for my pancreas. I have a solution - just sum it ALL up by calling it "metabolic syndrome". It can manifest itself in as many ways as there are people with the syndrome. Forget the type 1 or 2.

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