I have no idea what my first a1c was decades ago. Had two brushes with the needle at ages 14 and 22. After a sore throat in my early 30s I ended up hospitalized due to my diabetes. After a 1/4 century, frustrated with my VA doctors I simply continued my insulin routine for a few years on my own. My MS got worse and fell, tearing up a rotor cuff and was FORCED to return to regular doctoring. ( I had continued with my worthless eye doc). My a1c (on NPH+R mix 2x/day) my a1c was 8.6. My new doc worked close with me to get my messed up BGs better. Had to go to 3 shots a day to get down to 7.5.
Next I was moved from my decades old routine of NPH + R insulins to MDI with Lantus and Humalog and my a1c's ever since run from mid 5s to mid 6s.
Hello, I'm still figuring out if I'm LADA or good old fashioned type one. Nobody seems to be able to tell at this point. I've got you all beat though, hands down. My A1C was 11.1 at my time of initial diagnosis, which was only three weeks ago. I had complained to my mother, who is a doctor, of excessive thirst. She told me I needed to have my blood glucose checked just to rule out diabetes. I thought I'd humor her, so I asked the medical person on board the ship I was working on to check me first thing in the morning, to get an accurate fasting level. I was blown away to see the result: 387. That was April 2. Largely under control now, with MDI. Never saw this coming, that's for sure.
You know, my brother was dxed as a diabetic about five years before I was, only he a Type 2, and I know I am LADA. I had a normal fasting blood glucose at dx and still do, but I am early LADA and have been ultra low carb for over three years. My first sign that made me suspicious was the incredible thirst that could not be sated. It happened every time I ate. In fact, to this day, I know if I am eating something, even vegetables, that are too sweet for me because I get thirsty immediately. Now, my brother never mentioned this thirst. He thought I was being crazy thinking I was a diabetic, but the Endo tested my GAD65 antibodies, and I was way positive as well as having a Celiac gene, but no Celiac disease. I'm still not on insulin, but keeping ultra low carb has allowed me to keep some residual pancreatic function. Believe me, I exercise hard to keep my numbers good, and I recognized the thirst as bad early. How old are you? The way I understand it is that LADA is not as aggressive as Type 1 developed in childhood, but I don't know what age is designated as the cut off.
LADA diagnosis isn't based solely on age,and there is no cutoff, though people do get it later in life. It's distinguishing characteristic is rapidity of onset. Like you, Sheila going without insulin for three years, or me, mistakenly put on type 2 meds (at age 58) which worked for 15 months then stoped.
My first A1C was 10.7, original dx, my second was 8.5, then 6.0, this is the one that dissapointed me as I was "expecting" a sub 6.0. I did however soon have a 5.2 and have leveled off, for now, around 5.7-5.9. My honeymoon is begining to end and my fasting and post meals are less happy ones:(
First a1c, without treatment, while incorrectly dx'ed as T2 and not taking my oral meds was 12 then went down to 10 when I was on Lantus then 6.9 and 7.2 on the pump and now since starting on CGM and probably getting better with the pump, 6.7.