Linnet Steinman, a Certified Diabetes Educator, explains "Hybrid or Mixed Diabetes".
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Question: Hybrid of mixed diabetes, what is it? Linnet Steinman: We're seeing a lot of that at diabetes camp. Hybrid or Mixed diabetes is where someone comes with characteristics of both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, they may need insulin, they may have not very much insulin being produced and that would be assessed on some blood work, whether its CPAP type level, antibody test. Type-2 diabetes means the body is not using that insulin well, okay so in that case we will see somebody who is overweight and particularly carrying weight in their mid-section. The insulin that they have is not working well, so they need very, very large quantities of insulin. So, when I see somebody using a 100, 150 units of insulin in a day, I'm thinking they may have some insulin resistance, or insulin was not working well. Sometimes people have a history of Type 2 diabetes in their family, they get Type 1 as a child and what ends up happening as they grow and as they age they become to get some of those characteristics of Type 2 diabetes, so that's where we get the hybrid. So, people are using not only the insulin, but maybe some medications such as Metformin, Actos or Avandia that is helping and their insulin be used better.