I noticed in the profile portion of a members post that they stated, "Diabetes Type II, Insulin Dependent."
I know some DM-II patients use insulin for control. But, does that mean they are Insulin Dependent? I was under the impression that Type I DM was by definition Insulin Dependent.
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Some type II diabetics need insulin to help their pancreas along. The pancreas is producing insulin, just not enough to maintain sugar balance. Typically these folks and some type I diabetics are on whats known as a "sliding scale", they have to take their blood sugar prior to eating so they know how much insulin they will need. Then add to the mix of how well other organ systems are running and it gets a bit complicated. Type I for sure is insulin dependent because the patients pancreas is not producing any insulin at all.
Some places, like the Veterans Administration, use the term "Insulin Dependent" to categorize a persons status. When using medications like Metformin & Glipizide to control Type II Diabetes, the person is not insulin dependent and will have a lower disability rating than a person that has to take insulin in addition to medications.