I was diagnosed early on in my pregnancy with gestational diabetes. I controlled it well with diet etc. Now my dtr is almost 11 months old, and I had an A1c done... 6.2 When I first got pregnant my A1c was 5.3. Has anyone else had this happen? I do have a mom with Type I and a dad with type II. Should also mention I'm not overweight, low BP, and good cholesterol. Totally not a typical type II. I have an appointment tomorrow... I hope I don't have to argue with them about the antibody tests :-(
Thanks for any advice!
Hi AbbisMom: Quite a few women here on TuDiabetes were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes/LADA after gestational diabetes. Sadly, many were also misdiagnosed as having Type 2, so you have to be very careful to get a correct diagnosis. I write about autoimmune gestational diabetes in this blog. I hope you find the blog useful and let us know how your appointment goes tomorrow! Best of luck!
Having a A1c of 6.2 is not a indication that your even a diabetic. Is your BG high at some point during the day? My wife is not a diabetic and has tested 6.2 on several A1c tests no big deal. I'm a Type I and my A1c has not been over 5.7 in over 5 year.s (4.3 to 6.1 is normal) My brother is a Type II, He needs insulin , 5'-11" and weighs 145 lbs , no heart trouble or high cholesterol, whats is a typical type II...???
Between 5.7 and 6.4 are actually considered pre-diabetic, where 6.5 and over is considered a diabetes diagnosis. It's a different thing when someone who is known to have diabetes is managing their blood sugar of course. Mine is 5.7 as well and it cracks me up when it says "you are at risk for diabetes" on the lab slip!
The diagnostic numbers are the same for either type. The only difference is that the term "pre-diabetic" is more commonly used for Type 2's. with classic Type 1, there generally is no "pre" period, but I think they might need a new term to describe a LADA/Type 1 in the early stages now that they are starting to diagnose Type 1's earlier (and not just assuming they are type 2's)
There is NO typical Type 2!! YDMV!!
Do you test your BG after meals? This is Mayo-clinics rule: When the A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. Have you had a (OGTT) test. Your next A1c could be 5.3...;-)
If you do not have enough iron in your bloodstream, your A1C test results may be falsely high.
You need some tests done but one A1c test does not get you a ...yes diabetic diagnoses!
I have never agreed with this pre-diabetic diagnoses for a type 1...if your Type 1 it's a yes to Antibody's except in some rare genetic types of Diabetes. Remember the odds are still in your favor that your not a Type1. But since your Mum is a Type 1 you should have no problem getting your Doctor to run some Antibody tests.
I haven't tested since after I had my daughter. I'm currently out of strips, but will be getting some from my dad next week. I asked my doc today if she would consider having me test a few times, and she said no. She actually didn't even want to do the antibody test, but finally did after I basically demanded them. She had never even heard of LADA or the new type 1.5.. We'll see.. I had the GAD, and the Islet antibody tests done, in addition to another A1c. Now just to wait and see what the results are... Oh, and I have done a OGTT, but not since after I had my daughter.
your doc is nuts the new a1c standerd is 5.7 for diabetes so yeah you hav it time to get a new doc