Hi guys, I have a question that I hope some of you have an answer to! I was diagnosed about 4 months ago, and I was told I'm likely a T1D (still waiting on test results to confirm that). I'm on both Novo Rapid and Levemir, but as of right now I'm honeymooning and am taking almost no insulin at all, either basal or fast acting. Is this normal? Has it happened to anyone else? Or does it mean I'm maybe an LADA? If anyone could help at all that would be greatly appreciated!
As far as "normal" - it varies person-to-person. But yes, very low amounts of insulin during a honeymoon for T1/LADA is common. Almost 3 years after diagnosis, I only take 2 units of Levemir a day, and only needed to start insulin at all this year. In my experience, LADA is kind of a slower progression into T1.
Honestly, finding what works for keeping yourself healthy is what's most important. We're all different in our responses to meds, diet, etc. But the support of this online community is really nice to have. Keep asking questions as you need to. Welcome!
it seems like you are in a very similar situation to me – I too was recently diagnosed, although in my case antibodies (GAD) are confirmed, and I require very little insulin, in fact only when I eat a meal that has carbs in it I have to inject. From all i have read LADA seems likely, my doctor said it sort of isnt that important what type (LADA or classic type 1) it really is as long as I get the right treatment, which in my case are low doses of insulin, watching what I eat and monitoring my blood sugar carefully.
There are a number of things you can do that MIGHT help prolonging your honeymoon period, which is something you may want to go for because having your own wee bit of insulin production left can be very helpful with glucose control.
Some studies suggest injecting even small amounts of insulin regularly can be helpful, (giving your pancreas a "rest") and there is also evidence that tight blood sugar control (for example through eating a reduced amount of carbs) might help with preservation. In the end it is like roodgirl wrote, it is all about exporing different things and finding out what works best for you and makes you feel best.
Good luck and may your honeymoon last for a long time!
It's normal:) Same story as mine. After 6 months I'm still taking zero long acting, but it seems my need for fast acting with meals has increased some over the past few months. Like Julez said, it really doesn't matter a whole lot which acronym they assign to you as long as you are treating effectively-- LADA vs type 1 diagnosis' seem quite subjective to me, given the variability of how each of us progresses through this... although I do understand the frustration of the many people here who were misdiagnosed with type 2 due to the slower adult onset of type 1 that they experienced. I was myself misdiagnosed as type 2 but they quickly changed their minds after my first labs came back.
Thanks guys! I'm not feeling like such a freak anymore! But on the other hand you're dashing my hopes that my body has somehow miraculously cured itself...damnit!
im ten months in and still hoping foolishly for the miracle some days. whenever i have to lower my basal rates or stop taking boluses for a couple of weeks, i think, wouldnt it be great if my immune system got with the program and just stopped this nonsense!
my doctor hasnt mentioned lada, just type one. doesnt matter one way or the other, as i have to insulinate every day.
honeymoon is turning out to be a good time to learn the ins and outs of the ´betes, counting carbs, experimenting with different foods and other variables withut going too high, and just getting used to everything. everyone here is really helpful, dont know what id have done without them! youve come to the right place. i think if i ever met manny hernandez(creator of the site) id give him the biggest hug and thank you!
Hi Ali: The majority of people with new-onset Type 1 diabetes have a honeymoon period. So yes it is normal! Sadly not a miracle cure :(
Count me as another in the same boat. One year post-diagnosis with no need for basal and very low bolus amounts; but like Sam, my bolus needs have increased slightly in recent months.
my son was diagnosed 2 years ago and is still honeymooning....it can be different for everyone