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Tue Jul 12 22:21:17 EDT 2011

Can people with Type 1 diabetes have metabolic syndrome or is it only limited to Type 2 Diabetes?
Asked By: celticdee  

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2011-07-19 19:07:03.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Although people with type 2 diabetes are more known to experience metaolic syndrome, people with type 1 diabetes can also experience it as well.

Metabolic syndrome (aka Syndrome X) is a condition of insulin resistance. The individual may have low sensitivity to insulin and therefore require additional insulin to achieve blood glucose (sugar) control. Factors also include high blood pressure, high waist circumference, high blood levels of triglycerides, and low HDL (good) cholesterol that increase heart disease risk.

A person with 2 or more of the above conditions would be considered having metabolic syndrome. It is important to talk with the doctor about the lifestyle changes (healthful eating and regular physical activity) along with medicine, if needed, to reduce the risk for heart disease.

Learn more about insulin resistance!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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