Please verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Enter your email address

We have sent you a verification email. Please check your inbox and spam folder.

Unable to send verification, please refresh and try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    My friend is injecting insulin, does that mean he has type 1 diabetes?

    I'm not sure if it is type 1 or type 2. I would appreciate your clarification.
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    The short answer is "It depends." In general, people with Type 1 diabetes (which is an auto-immune disease) need insulin injections. People with Type 2 diabetes may need insulin injections if other treatments have not helped.

    You might find the information in these two links helpful:

  • Natalie Wischer

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    It is typical that when people are diagonosed with type 1 diabetes, they are often young (but not always), have a period of intensive thirst and frequent urination as well as weight loss. They usually become very unwell and once diagonsed go onto injecting insulin straight away. 

    Those diagnosed with type 2 needing insulin are usually older, overweight,  can have a family history of diabetes and have previously or still be on a variety of medications including tablets to assist in keeping their blood glucose levels down. 

    In saying all this, you may be able to work it out, but I am sure they will not mind you asking them directly especially if you are offering assistance in case of emergency. 

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question

Empowering Australians to make better health choices