My diabetes was three weeks ago diagnosed in the hospital, when I had a blood glucose value of 576. I am very curious how high your blood glucose values were and if you are diagnosed with type 1, type 2 or another form of diabetes.
High numbers at diagnosis doesn't always mean type 1!
Type 2's can get start out with very high numbers and even go into DKA.
This happens because its often not diagnosed until the person has had diabetes for over 10 years and has lost most of their insulin production.
By that time its the complications that send you to the doctor. Type 2 is a silent killer, doing much of its damage before you even know that you have it.
Type 2 is more common among those over 40, and those who are overweight. Being overweight is not a cause of diabetes, but rather a result of a malfunctioning endocrine system and/or lack of exercise, and/or poor diet, and most of all, genetic makeup.
And antibody tests alone are not enough to determine which type it is, because we now know that type 2's can also have antibodies. The main thing right now is to get effective treatment. Don't worry about types until you have a handle on what you can eat, how to count carbs, and dealing with your meds, which might include insulin.
How high your blood sugar is at diagnosis, is not a reliable determinant of type, though usually type 1's are higher at diagnosis due to speed of onset. And no, c-peptide does not "determine for sure if you are type 1 or type 2". C-peptide is a good indicator as type 1's generally make less insulin and type 2's make enough or an excess of insulin (but can't utilize it well due to insulin resistance). But more significant is antibody testing, as type 1 is an autoimmune condition (will have antibodies) and type 2 is not. The best thing to do to determine type is get both c-peptide and all the relevant antibody testing. If your symptoms came on suddenly and you were hospitalized (with DKA?) you are young, average or low weight and perhaps have another autoimmune condition such as thyroid, most likely you are type 1, But when doctors make diagnoses based on what seems to be the case, they can make errors. Fore example many children are now being diagnosed with type 2. And I was 58 years old, had been somewhat overweight much of my life (though I was losing lots of weight at diagnosis), had symptoms for a couple months and a blood sugar of 325 and I am Type 1 (LADA). Joe describes above, type 1 characteristics and he is type 2.
As for the above mentioned results I can tell the following (in between appointments were 3 months in which I lost a lot of weight, now a BMI of 22, and really stuck to a low carb diet), c-peptide I don't know, antibodies present, diagnosis: a developing type 1. No insulin but metformin... Anyone with the same diagnosis and medication?
I don't have the exact number, but I had a metabolic panel done (to watch for changes in liver enzymes and kidney function) that showed a random BG of over 500. My A1C at that time was 8.4 and I was eventually determined (by antibody testing) to have type 1. That was in 2000, and I was misdiagnosed twice along the way.
I was never in DKA or hospitalized for diabetes though. I never even got any training on how to give myself shots in the beginning, I was handed an RX and that was that.
That is exactly how I was treated at diagnosis. scripts for syringes and insulin with no training. Still blows my mind that I had to reference books to find out how to give myself shots.
That was 1986, I was 24 years old.
I was diagnosed with "type 2" with a fasting bg of 126 and an A1C of 6.1..WRONG they really just caught me in the early stages of LADA/type 1.5 and after one year I am on multiple injections of insulin a day.
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