Good morning Paul,
Thank-you so much for your response. Really appreciate it.
My story somewhat mirrors yours. Had a fasting BG of 101 eighteen months ago on a routine physical. Six months later had an A1C of 6.0 and given the type 2 talk by my primary care doc. Reduced carbs and lost 10 pounds in 2 months, not that I needed to. A repeat of my A1C this Feb. yielded a 5.7. I purchased a glucometer and only looked at arising BG and 2 hour post meal BG for awhile, then abandoned this thinking I was okay.
A functional medicine doc spoke to me about diabetes 1.5 and the use of GAD antibody testing. Well he order the GAD blood work and it came back positive at 157.9. His response--go home and meditate to cure yourself! And I am paying for this. Primary care doc said I was too old to be a type 1 at age 60. Well I am autoimmune hypothyroid well controlled on medication for the last 13 years. One autoimmune disease can lead to another. Primary doc asked for me to send him info on 1.5! Shouldn't he be paying me for this? BTW, he teaches at a local medical college one day a week!
Oh well, off to see an endo. Had other antibodies checked out, and all negative. He wants me on 30 grams carbs per meal, mainly of whole grains. Well I am gluten intolerant (questionably celiac) for 15 years now. Even safe grains like rice spiked me about 150 quickly and would not come down for hours, telling me I do not have enough insulin to perform the job of eating well. Low carbs it is, and my numbers look reasonably good, but to what end? Beta cells are dying. I am now a bit underweight and cannot gain a thing. I eat 3 good meals of protein and vegetables a day with good fats and some seeds and nuts. No coffee because of heart palps. I must be insulin sensitive too as a 30 minute power walk can drop my BG by 40 points (US scale).
Like you, I am also very active and walk miles a week, and do weight training, eat organic foods, take care of myself. What a way to move into retirement! Not to mention the cost here in the US. I really fear that insulin will ruin my exercise life with low blood glucose. How are you adjusting your exercise? Does early insulin use spare beta cells? My endo would not give me an answer. Seeking a second opinion from another endo in mid-August.
Glad to hear you are doing better. Yes, the correct diagnosis is a boon. So adjusting to insulin is going well for you. Mandolin