Hi all and thanks for the warm welcome. I would love your opinions on my story. I will try and give you the short version.
I was diagnosed 3 years ago at the age of 37 with Type 2. My grandmother had Type 2, diagnosed at age 60 and was overweight. My mother has lupus which is an autoimmune disorder. I was always very slim until I started having kids. I have still never been overweight although I have put on some pounds in the last year or two – I find I am always hungry now. I have what I consider a reasonable diet and exercise level. I had impaired glucose tolerance in all of my pregnancies, have 3 healthy children and had 3 late miscarriages (14-16 weeks).
After being diagnosed, I managed with diet and exercise for about a year. Well, not really, because my bgs got high and I probably should have started meds sooner. In the past year and a half I started Metformin, more metformin, added Diamicron, saw an endo, she denied any possibility of LADA, switched off Diamicron to Janumet, then dropped the Januvia but kept the Met to begin a clinical trial in Sept. ’10. A1C’s have been in the 7’s this whole time. Study drug has not helped.
By Nov., the endo added Diamicron 30 mg. I worked up my nerve and asked her again about LADA. She said she is 100% sure that I am Type 2 and my progression is normal for Type 2. I went over the possible markers for LADA – not overweight, family history of autoimmune, under 40 at onset. She just kept saying if I had type 1 I would need insulin. In early Dec., my bgs were still high and she upped the Diamicron to 60 mg, two weeks later still high, upped my Metformin to 2mg per day.
I went to my CDE this week and my last A1C was 8.8. He is recommending I stop the study drug and Diamicron and start on Lantus asap. I am so ready, I don’t even care about needles anymore and I used to faint practically at the thought! But after feeling crappy for 3 years, it’s time. I have an appt tomorrow with my family doctor to get the prescription.
It has been driving me bonkers that the endo will not test me for LADA. I can’t really put my finger on why it bothers me so much. I guess I just feel frustrated that I have tried to eat well and exercise and comply with the meds and still my bgs and A1C are so out of whack. I think 3 years is fast progression for someone with a reasonable healthy lifestyle. The CDE tried to reassure me that it doesn’t matter, I need insulin either way. But it matters to me! I realize you can’t diagnose me but…. I have diagnosed myself with LADA!!! I will still ask my family doc to order the tests. But in any case, I need to let this go and move on and the only way I can do that is to satisfy myself that a diagnosis of LADA makes more sense than Type 2.
I came on here because I thought some of you could probably relate to my story and maybe I won’t feel so alone and frustrated. If you made it this far, thanks for reading my about my diabetes journey so far!