Melitta, since you have had LADA so long as compared to my situation. Have you had any kidney complications?
Hi R-a-M: Just to clarify, I am not LADA (which is slow-onset Type 1) as I had rapid-onset Type 1 diabetes at age 35. But I was misdiagnosed nonetheless, because of my age not etiology (I was hospitalized in DKA). I have had Type 1 for 16 years and I don't have any complications.
Hello. Read some of your blogs and posts. This fast onset vs slow onset is a little new, but I might be starting to comprehend it. Ok, what are you?
When you are tested/examined , how are you different than LADA?. LADA is different than type 1 This is what literature tells me: Type 1b, idiopathic is. They test autoimmune in nature, and tests for islet cell antibodies will come up negative. People with type 1 B have an insulin deficiency and can experience ketoacidosis (a high blood sugar emergency), but their need for insulin injections typically waxes and wanes over time not Type 1b, idiopathic.
LADA is not regular Type 1 because it has insulin resistance
First time I met the endocrinologist, I was asking questions really hoping here it was 1b, but he pointed out the GAD antibodies and the C-peptide results. (which some flew over my head, as it was all new, but I was asking semi-informed questions like crazy, and taking copious notes)
Do you have the same insulin resistance ( http://forecast.diabetes.org/magazine/features/other-diabetes-lada-... ) that LADAs have but typical type 1's do not have?
This summer, here was also hospitalization for Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Our progression to insulin dependence, as far as we where concerned as instantly. Kidney issues where coming on before but never went to the hospital, so the weight of evidence says we probably had blood glucose out of wack, but it just wasn't to a point that it was noticed. So are you saying your 'etiology' is what typical type ones as children get, just you where an adult? Are you saying LADAs have different test results and your body was at a time or has different rules/ways-of-working than LADAs? or are you the same as LADAs in results and living, yours just rapid onset those years ago? I understand them putting you on the wrong medications and treating you as a type 2. Where you heavy then? I sure hope this sounds respectful like its meant to me.
Hi R-a-M: Quite simple, I have Type 1 autoimmune diabetes. I don't call myself LADA because there was nothing "latent" about my diagnosis: I had rapid-onset Type 1, was hospitalized and went into DKA in the hospital. Although I had been athletic and thin prior to diagnosis, I did lose a lot of weight very rapidly prior to diagnosis, so was underweight. I am not insulin resistant, I am just the opposite, I am very insulin sensitive.
The terms get complicated. I don't actually like the term LADA, and it is not a medically recognized term, because it is just Type 1 diabetes. The World Health Organization and the Expert Committee on the Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus never use the term LADA, they state that all autoimmune diabetes is Type 1 diabetes, and that Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. Almost all the LADAs I know do not have insulin resistance. I think the term "autoimmune diabetes" best describes all Type 1a/LADA, and I view it as one disease (as does WHO and the Expert Committee).
All good questions!
Got to ask this one, you said almost all the LADAs you know do not have insulin resistance. Athletic people tend to hang together, or people with similar tastes, likes, and lifestyles.. Are the LADA people you know generally in shape? Are any of them heavy, as the percentages I have been told of Type 2s, 82% are overweight and 44% of those are obese in reference to Body Mass Index. Of the type 2's I have met in person, that seems to be backed up. (One poster on here, a guy was told by a Nurse specialist to force the test to for type 1, he mentioned that people said he didn't "look the type (of a type 2). He did get testing, and he was reclassified (autoimmune) Type 1).
Hi R-a-M: I sent you a personal message in which I went into more depth, but I'll briefly answer here. My LADA pals range from extremely thin to "no longer at fighting weight." Most are thin to normal weight, and the thin to normal weight ones do not have insulin resistance. Few love exercise the way I do!
Hi Love2KnowMore: Sorry to be slow to respond! I don't think there is a MODY group on TuD, the MODYs seem to hang in the LADA group. But there should be a group! Maybe you and April should start one? I think there is not a group because MODY is so rarely diagnosed; most MODYs are misdiagnosed. If a MODY is young, he/she will be misdiagnosed as Type 1. If a MODY is an adult, he/she will be misdiagnosed as a Type 2.
I can guarantee you that April says it is worth it to do the MODY testing, and knowing what you truly have can inform treatment. But yes, the testing is very expensive.
You are very welcome, and congrats on such a darling baby!
Hi Melitta!! Thanks so much, you are so wonderful!! Definitely will think about a MODY group!! Oh I know, hard to find others in the MODY category- hopefully someday, testing won't be so prohibitively expensive & more will be able to get tested!! Have a wonderful day!!!
I'm sorry I missed this post. I am perhaps a kindred soul. I was diagnosed in 2005 as a T2, still diagnosed as a T2. I had apparently had high fastings for some years, but the doctor never bothered to tell me. I have chronic impaired fasting blood sugars. I followed a strict diet, I tried all the drugs, eventually on three drugs. I was able to get my A1c down into the low 6s, but that was it. My fastings were 120-140 mg/dl. I got mostly no help from the doctors, as along as I didn't end up in the ER, they thought I was doing fine. I looked extensively into MODY as a possible diagnosis. Hattersley and his group at Exeter are the best in the world. Their testing is cheap compared to other sources and some insurance plans have been known to cover the testing. I suspect I am MODY-2 (GCK), which sounds like your potential diagnosis. The hallmarks of MODY-2 are higher fasting and a "delayed" insulin response. By delayed, I mean that your body won't generate an insulin response to meals until you reach about 180 mg/dl, whereas a non-diabetic would generate insulin at like 120-140 mg/dl. So I ask you, during your OGTT's, did your blood sugar return to fasting levels within 2-3 hours? That suggests a similar "delayed" insulin response.
And finally, having a child with low birth weight. MODY is autosomal dominance meaning that your child has a 50% chance of also being MODY. So did you have a low birth weight yourself?
In the end, I was unable to get any doctor interesting in providing a detailed diagnosis. I basically got laughed out of the office (and this includes endos). In the end, I took matters into my own hands and started insulin. I continue to follow a strict low carb diet. My insulin regime is heavily weighted towards my basal, I am currently taking about 50 units of basal and 15-20 units of bolus each day. With insulin, I've been able to essentially normalize my blood sugars. I still have to watch my carbs since I can eat a single piece of bread and end up > 140 mg/dl at 2hrs unless I bolus precisely.
ps. And I also measured as having low insulin production, not as low as you, but my fasting blood sugar at the time was 131 mg/dl.
pps. I would be happy to join a MODY group.
"I took matters into my own hands and started insulin."
Interesting, I have never heard of anyone doing that?
How did you go about doing it?
Gomer a curious persona