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Type 1 University, a site that provides advanced online courses for insulin users and parents or caregivers of insulin users, is offering 2 FREE webinars in March. The free webinar topic this month is "Making the Most of Your CGM" and will be presented by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE. The webinar dates are Wednesday, March 18th and Monday, March 30th.
John gives great presentations on various diabetes technologies to people with diabetes, health care professionals, diabetes educators, and students all over the country. The next presentation is March 7th, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
When you were diagnosed, you were probably told you had either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Clear-cut and tidy. Since diabetes typically occurs in two types, you have to fit into one of them. Many people fit clearly into one of these categories, but others do not. And those who clearly fit one type when diagnosed may find these clear lines begin to smudge over time. Are there really only two types? Are you really the type you were told you were? Could you have more than one type of diabetes?
The most common types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Along with gestational and LADA, these forms of diabetes are polygenic diseases that require the involvement of many genes and a wide variety of environmental factors to cause each disease. There are some rare forms of diabetes, Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) and Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus (NDM) that are monogenic where only one gene is responsible for the disease. Of the 30,000 genes in the human body, about 20 genes have been linked to monogenic diabetes so far.
Lantus and Levemir are long-acting insulins that supply the background insulin needed to supply cells with glucose around the clock while preventing release of excess glucose from the liver and excess fat from fat cells. The waking glucose level best measures the activity of these insulins. All Type 1s and many Type 2s also require a faster insulin (Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra) to cover meals and lower any high glucose.