hi - has anyone heard of this term being used to describe a woman diagnosed with T1 during pregnancy? I was GAD positive following a positive glucose tolerance test. i applaude my endocrinologist for thinking outside the box and actually running the antibody screen. i have been insulin dependent ever since, but i still require very, very little insulin. from what i have read on autoimmune GDM, it follows a very different course when compared to other types of diabetes. i recently read that GAD testing may become standard when a pregnant woman is diagnosed iwth GDM. i would love to connect with other women who were also diagnosed with autoimmune diabetes during pregnancy. thanks, melissa

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Hi Melissa: Yes! I wrote an entire blog on autoimmune gestational diabetes (link here). Autoimmune GDM occurs in about 10% of Caucasian women who have GDM. Kelly and Super Sally are two that come to mind here on TuD that had autoimmune GDM. And yes, there is a push to do antibody testing on women with GDM, because if it is not caught quickly the consequences are disastrous. You are so very lucky it was caught early. Basically, autoimmune GDM is just Type 1 diabetes that is "revealed" by pregnancy. So you have Type 1 diabetes, and should follow the course for that. Be sure to check out the LADA group here on TuDiabetes.

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