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Has anyone with Lupus been diagnosed with diabetes or pre diabetes despite not being overweight? Are the two linked in some way?

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus, often coexists with other autoimmune diseases; according to a study published by SAGE Publications, around 30% of people diagnosed with systemic lupus have at least one coexisting autoimmune disorder, one of which being Type 1 diabetes.

Only Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune. This is a very important distinction. In autoimmune diabetes, weight is irrelevant unlike Type 2, where bad eating habits, which include fat & sugar, can be controlled by diet.

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I have! I was diagnosed with lupus this December and at the same Nd of July, after routine tests,, it appears l have developed diabetes. They found a high fasting glucose and protein and ketones in my urine. This is all new to me. I am not overweight. I eat well. I do have a treat every now and then.

I also have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, eczema, and asthma. They say once you have one autoimmune disease, you can develop others. I have an appointment with the diabetic clinic this Monday after they started me on insulin recently. It seems it has been one thing after another since December for me.

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tabjw1 in reply to Willow7733

Thank you for your reply. It’s been of great help.

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tabjw1 in reply to Willow7733

Thank you Willow7733 for your reply. Life with Lupus sure feels like having one thing after another. But it’s good to know that we have the support of the Lupus community. Hope all goes well with you. T

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