Thats for this thread! See I was under the impression through what I have read is that the older you are diagnosed with LADA the longer it takes to become insulin dependant. No idea why mind you and i'd like to read up on this if anybody has any links.
When I was first diagnosed at 16yo they thought I was typically T1, I had insulin for 6 months until I hit some sort of honeymoon period and had to come off of it, then I could still eat pretty much anything but now without any meds I am diet controlled only.
Personally, what I would love to know is why in us lot our pancreas' hasn't been entirely attacked yet, but is slowly attacked... it doesn't really make sense !
I was diagnosed in mid-April 2009, and began taking a small dose of insulin by the following February, 2010. Age 32 at diagnosis.
I don't think LADA can be managed with oral meds. LADA is really just type 1 with a diagnosis as an adult I was diagnosed at 39.
That is the common western medicine belief at this time. I'm trying to raise awareness that LADA may be reversible with diet and other lifestyle changes. In my case, diagnosed at 49, I believe the metformin merely helped buy time. I've started to hear from other type 1's who've brought pancreas function back. Even those previously on insulin, which I would not have assumed possible. I'm an experiment in progress. My numbers will have to stay perfect as they are now for years to be proof enough for some. For me, living normally, without obsession, with no lows and no needles or pumps, for however many years, is priceless. http://russellstamets.blogspot.com
For me, it was almost 2 decades. I was misdiagnosed with type 2, because I was fat and old. Took them 20 years to get around to an antibody test.
I started insulin this year. Before then, I did a fair to poor job managing with metformin and glyberide. Insulin is a blessing. My control is much better and I can eat what I want. (in reasonable portions). Don't fear it.
I'm writing a brief update. I was dxed as LADA in 2009. It is now 2013, and I'm still managing on exercise and very low carb diet. My last A1c was 4.9. That was not easy. The metaformin only lowered my bg maybe 5pts and did not make me feel well. Exercise works far better for me, but I really am required to exercise at a class or keep moving for the majority of my day. Shopping at Costco has an effect, as well as going up and down two flights of stairs all day long doing laundry. In recent months, I've found that I can drop to 70 just after being exposed to extreme cold, so I test more often in cold weather or when I sit down to relax.