Classic type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune problems, so people with type 1 diabetes very frequently have other autoimmune problems such as thyroid problems, early ovarian failure, and sometimes certain kinds of anemia or hepatitis. So when people have type 1 diabetes, we look for those other conditions as well. In type 2 diabetes, it’s also associated with other classic abnormalities. Sometimes with type 2 diabetes, we talk about the metabolic syndrome or the insulin-resistant syndrome. The classic features of the insulin-resistant syndrome are all of the risk factors for diabetes: hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, heart disease, and being overweight. All of those things go with type 2 diabetes – so if a person has one of those conditions, we look for the other ones.
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