Associated Conditions

Associated Conditions

Associated Conditions

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.

Doctor Profile

Merri Pendergrass, MD


Board Certified Endocrinologist
Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Director of the Adult Diabetes Program

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