Are type 1 diabetics considered immunocompromised?
- formerly_bobLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Its not a yes or no answer. Uncontrolled diabetes (hyperglycemia) temporarily compromises the immune system, and over a lifetime, damage to various tissues from diabetes tends to accumulate. In general young diabetics with good glucose control have more or less normal immunity. When diabetics reach their 60s and beyond, immunity is diminished to varying degrees. However, the compromise from diabetes is generally not as severe as occurs from medications designed to suppress immunity or from HIV.
- PatriciaLv 72 months ago
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The pancreas can't make insulin because the immune system attacks it and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Kids and teens with type 1 diabetes are at risk for other autoimmune problems, but these aren't actually caused by the diabetes.
- David B.Lv 72 months ago
In some cases, it can be caused by diabetes.