Sorry, I was rereading this thread and see that I did not respond. Yes, I had symptoms, especially extreme thirst. At first, the Endo did not believe I was diabetic, but I did go low carb, anyway. Someone turned me on to Dr. Bernstein. After reading his book, I adjusted my diet to really be low carb, excluding high sugar vegetables. I could see the thirst coming and going with the rise and fall of sugars. My eyes used to water, and I was getting fuzzy thinking. My goodness, I started arguing my case for diabetes June 2009. It is now, Xmas time, 2011. My restriction on having to use my glasses for driving was *removed* a couple of months ago because good control removed a lot of symptoms. My last fasting glucose was 89, but I had four times as many GAD antibodies to say I was Type 1, or LADA. I am strict Dr. B low carber and do Zumba until I am soaked and red in the face. I must exercise hard to keep my numbers normal. I just started glucophage xr because I am experiencing slight elevations of 100-107 in the am, but it only brings it down to 95ish. I am 58yo with a lot of arthritis, so I actually have to alternate hard exercise with a recovery time because the pain will make my bg rise. I may be batttling rheumatoid. IDK,...I have antibodies for that going on, too. It's hard to keep a balance. I have a busy life....How did I know? My older dds health improved when they went gluten free. We are Irish. I got the genetic testing and knew the link between celiac and type 1. I reread the journal articles on LADA and could not believe that I had the common gene. It was more reason to trust myself. BTW, I was probably lower carb than most people before I was diabetic. It may be why I lasted so long. I had a precipitating factor. I had an adrenal tumor causing Cushing's. When I finally was off of all replacement cortsol, and my remaining adrenal gland was functioning, my body exploded with autoimmune. I feel that that pushed me over the edge. All those years of hypercorticolism kept the autoimmune suppressed. Surviving one disease and getting another motivates me to keep well. It was a Cushie, a nurse, who helped steer me on the right path. Otherwise, I would have no idea. One person changed my life. I can feel shifts in my bg in either direction. Because of being a Cushie, I am also very aware of diurnal rhythms of cortisol, which affects glycemic control. Does that answer your question?
I was Dx'd officially on Nov 16th. I was running very high CBGs, had lost 50# in about 3.5 months, polydipsia, polyuria, lethargic. My doc prescribed Metformin 500mg 2x a day over the phone on the 6th of November. At my appointment on the 16th she started me immediately on Levemir @ 2U a day, increasing it every day by 2 units until I got below 150. My next appointment the following week, she upped it a few extra units and dropped my "Good Zone" to 120. I am still increasing my insulin, will be at 46 tonight. She also upped my Metformin to 1000mg 2x a day. She also Dx'd me as being Type 1.5, as my C-peptide came back at 4.0, the scale is 1.1-4.4. We are waiting for the rest of the LADA antibody tests to come back. She is running GAD-65, ICA, IA2... basically the full workup.
I hate waiting. Not a very patient patient ;)