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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
I don't know what type of diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Information and psychological support, and hopefully finding others with diabetes in Rome, Italy!
Date diagnosed
June 27, 2009
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.2 (October 2013)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots
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Every diabetes is different

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 10:37am 5 Comments

Even though I might be the only person in the world having these symptoms, on the off chance that it will help someone, somewhere out there, let me share how the first four years of my diabetes went.

I was diagnosed in 2009 with an HbA1C of 11.2 and fbs of 258. The doctors thought it was LADA, and in my first antibody test I tested slightly positive, while my second one, six months later, turned out negative. I was put on long-acting insulin straight away (5 units), but my pancreas…

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Chronic stress and high fasting bs

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 1:53pm 5 Comments

I was diagnosed in 2009 and to this day, the doctors are unable to tell me what kind of diabetes I have, since I started low-carbing half a year after I was diagnosed (with a HbA1C of 11.2). First it was LADA, now it is Type 2, but I doubt that. I have been under 6.0 until before this summer (so for more than 3 years), eating 80% fat, 15% protein, 5% carbs, but now my HbA1C is 7.2 and I think it's time to start insulin, after I have been on 2000mg of Metformin since my diagnosis.

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At 4:09pm on October 15, 2013, Brian (bsc) said…

Thank you so much. I think that we have to be our own champion, nobody else is going to argue for our cause. I do hope you are able to get appropriate treatment that is right for you. You shouldn't have to just accept what is safe and comfortable for your doctor, you have a right to set your own goals. I hope you know that you will always have friends here at TuDiabetes.

At 3:13pm on January 8, 2011, Helen (Type 2 Diabetes) said…
Diabetes can be so confusing, I just got diagnosed as a type 2, and didn't even know there was a LADA until I got on this website yesterday. I hope you can figure it out soon. Good luck. :-)

Helen
At 11:56am on October 10, 2010, Acquafortis said…
Thank you! I shall find you on facebook!
At 11:15am on October 7, 2010, Acquafortis said…
Hello Uta,
that's a surprise find someone who lives in Rome.
You got your result before mine...I am still waiting for my GAD..
Glad to have met you!
At 6:13am on October 7, 2010, Brigitte said…
Uta,
there is no french doctor in Lyon who is following low carb diet!!!!! I learnt low carb diet with Tudiabetes friends and they told me there's a good book : Dr Bernstein solution . I bought it from Amazon and I started. Alone here. It's hard to believe that!!!!!!! My last Endo and my new didn't know and the last was don't agree with me! I go to an A1C of 7 with the help of Tudiabetes. Europe is not America... Have a nice day my friend! Did you live in Roma?
At 11:22am on April 17, 2010, Gerri said…
Happy to try to help as we all help each other.

Be well!
At 2:20am on March 12, 2010, Fabrizio said…
In English now:

Hello Uta.
I've been hiding for a while 'from the site and the group. I hope you everything goes well. Started a new therapy is always full of surprises and new discoveries about themselves. It is important to be alert to catch all the changes that occur and discuss these with your doctor so that we can be helped and help him to optimize the therapy in action. It is a synergy that is needed for patients to get the best results (which are the successes for the doctor). At the same time, the doctor "learns" from us to address different aspects (lifestyle, diet, ....) that can be used later with other patients. The results you get are not only of one or another but derived from this synergy that we must establish. I say this because during the last check I did, my doctor gave me the compliments for these achievements, and I have returned the same to him because they are convinced of the above. It's true that we are the sick and, primarily, we are faced with the disease, but the "medical knowledge" we derive from the comparison with our diabetologists / endocrinologists and with them we must also confront and discuss issues not strictly related to therapy but which may affect our condition.
I dwell forever .....
Waiting for your news. Hello
At 2:19am on March 12, 2010, Fabrizio said…
CIao Uta.
Sono stato latitante per un po' dal sito e dal gruppo. Spero che a te vada tutto bene. Iniziata una nuova terapia si hanno sempre delle sorprese e delle nuove scoperte su se stessi. L'importante è essere attenti a cogliere tutte le modifiche che avvengono e discutere di queste con il proprio medico, in modo da poter essere aiutati ed aiutare lui ad ottimizzare le terapie in atto. Si tratta di una sinergia necessaria affinchè i pazienti riescano ad avere i migliori risultati (che poi sono i successi per il medico). Nello stesso tempo, il medico "impara" da noi ad affrontare aspetti diversi (stile di vita, dieta, ....) che possono essere utili poi con altri pazienti. I risultati che si ottengono non sono solo dell'uno o dell'altro ma derivano da questa sinergia che si deve instaurare. Ti dico questo perchè durante l'ultimo controllo che ho fatto, il mio medico mi ha fatto i compliemnti per i risultati conseguiti, e io ho ricambiato gli stessi a lui proprio perchè sono convinto di quanto detto sopra. E' vero che siamo noi i malati e in primis siamo noi a dover affrontare la malattia, ma le "conoscenze mediche" ci derivano dal confronto con i nostri diabetologi/endocrinologi e con loro dobbiamo discutere e confrontarci anche di aspetti non strettamente legati alla terapia ma che possono influire sulla nostra condizione.
Mi dilungo sempre.....
Aspetto tue notizie. Ciao
At 6:39am on March 4, 2010, Anita said…
Good morning Uta. I hope you are doing well. I remembered that you lived in Rome and thought I'd send you a quick note. I am moving to Italy in two weeks. We will be in Northeast Italy, outside Venice. Any pointers on life in Italy with diabetes? I can only imagine the difficulty avoiding pasta!
At 6:22pm on January 29, 2010, Pauly said…
Thank you for Jennys other web site. I will review it with great interest. Have her book and didnt realize she had another web site. Thanks for the tip. Take care and good numbers!

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rick and Uta are now friends
Nov 23, 2013
Uta commented on Uta's blog post 'Every diabetes is different'
"Thank you, I'll think about it :-)"
Oct 16, 2013
Holger Schmeken commented on Uta's blog post 'Every diabetes is different'
"I think you should discuss the c-peptide test first because it might be expensive if payed out of pocket. On the other hand the result might be needed to convince yourself that you are truely in need of full insulin coverage (which is my…"
Oct 16, 2013
Brian (bsc) left a comment for Uta
"Thank you so much. I think that we have to be our own champion, nobody else is going to argue for our cause. I do hope you are able to get appropriate treatment that is right for you. You shouldn't have to just accept what is safe and…"
Oct 15, 2013
Uta commented on Uta's blog post 'Every diabetes is different'
"Hi kelvin72, they did, they put me on 5 units of Lantus right away, but they soon took me off it again. I'm grateful that I have had the Lantus experience already and know what's coming my way now that I am starting it again. Dear Holger,…"
Oct 15, 2013
Holger Schmeken commented on Uta's blog post 'Every diabetes is different'
"One minor correction: the merrits of running this site solely belongs to the TuDiabetes Admins that I was never a member of. But I try to promote TuDiabetes.org where ever I can. One problem with the diagnosis of Lada is that it depends on positive…"
Oct 15, 2013
kelvin72 commented on Uta's blog post 'Every diabetes is different'
"Why didn't they put you on insulin from the start with a 258 fasting blood sugar level?"
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Oct 14, 2013
Uta posted a blog post

Every diabetes is different

Even though I might be the only person in the world having these symptoms, on the off chance that it will help someone, somewhere out there, let me share how the first four years of my diabetes went.I was diagnosed in 2009 with an HbA1C of 11.2 and fbs of 258. The doctors thought it was LADA, and in my first antibody test I tested slightly positive, while my second one, six months later, turned out negative. I was put on long-acting insulin straight away (5 units), but my pancreas recovered…See More
Oct 14, 2013
Uta commented on Uta's blog post 'Chronic stress and high fasting bs'
"Thank you all so much for your input and support, all of which I took with me when talking to my diabetologist in Germany and then to my GP here in Rome today - and I got what I wanted: 5 pens of Lantus which I can pick up from the pharmacy…"
Oct 14, 2013
Holger Schmeken commented on Uta's blog post 'Chronic stress and high fasting bs'
"Hello Uta, perhaps it is not stress related and you "just" have lost more of your beta cells (T2 progresses / LADA too). Since you are extremely low carbing the dawn phenomenon might be the biggest challenge these cells have to work…"
Oct 12, 2013
Brian (bsc) commented on Uta's blog post 'Chronic stress and high fasting bs'
"It took me years to realize, T2 diabetes is not a diagnosis. It is simply an admission that you have diabetes, but the specific type is unknown. And everyone is different, it isn't just about being insulin resistant. I have a similar story to…"
Oct 12, 2013
meee commented on Uta's blog post 'Chronic stress and high fasting bs'
"Yes I think if you have 180 fasting that is really bad, you need insulin to stop damage. Have you had all the antibody testing etc? Your theory about your D is interesting. I wonder if there is something you can do to stop the liver dump and cut…"
Oct 11, 2013
DG commented on Uta's blog post 'Chronic stress and high fasting bs'
"My progression was similar and insulin has been a huge help."
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Me and D

I am a beginner when it comes to my body. I never thought that anything was wrong with me, nothing ever really hurt very much so I thought I must be doing fine. When I got diagnosed with Type 1.5 (LADA), after the shock etc., I started changing my lifestyle (it's a long process) and at the moment, it seems that for the first time in my life, I know how it feels to be healthy... ironically.

For that lifestyle change, I got some good ideas from "The Spectrum" by Dean Ornish but those were just the basics which I tried to apply creatively.

So - for the first time in my life, I am doing something that could be called exercise: I walk to work one or two mornings a week (1 hour). I am also doing something that could be called relaxation or meditation: I do yoga in a group twice a week. And I eat the way I always knew I was supposed to eat: organic food, mostly raw, wholegrain, water. I still don't know how to cook (I never have) but throwing together a salad doesn't seem like such a boring thing anymore.

The part that I most enjoy is actually *finding* the kind of food I consider healthy - the right wholegrain bread (100%), the organic vegetables, the occasional organic meat. It's the kind of "hunt" that gets me a lot more excited than clothes shopping!

My levels of everything have been steadily improving, so I figure right now I'm at the good end of my honeymoon phase. My fasting bloodsugar has gone down from 258 when I was diagnosed to about 70 most mornings, My A1C went from 11.2 to 7.6 in the first month and should be around 5 now (haven't go the last results yet). I take 3 units of Lantus at 11pm now, down from an inital 5 (first month), then 4 (second month). Plus 500mg Metformin at every meal. And I have started putting on weight again, after an exhilarating loss over the 6 months before diagnosis (I was truly happy at first, not knowing the reason...). I had to buy a new pair of jeans and it's the only one that doesn't fall down to my ankles when I run to catch the bus! My cholesterol levels were also really low, so I have made a real effort to eat fat. Sounds weird, doesn't it?

However,,, diabetes is what I have, not who I am, so here is "something else" about me: I like languages, books, organic food, Rome (I LOVE Rome), the Jesuits, public transportation, cappuccino, archeology, my job, un-dogmatic Catholicism, British English, social justice, psychology, migrants, the sea. (tbc)

Oh, and I loved this video! (found it on this page)

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