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Understanding Adult-onset Type 1 Diabetes

When then 34-year-old Rebecca Gill was pregnant with her second child in 2004, high blood sugar levels led to a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, an often-temporary form of diabetes that can occur in pregnant women. After Gill’s son was born, her blood sugar levels returned to normal, and her doctors assumed that the diabetes was gone. But another blood test given several weeks after she gave birth showed that her diabetes problems had returned. She was referred to an endocrinologist who ran tests and eventually diagnosed her with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or LADA. “Thankfully, I was one of the lucky ones whose endocrinologist had experience with LADA,” says Gill, an internet marketing consultant in Commerce, Mich. LADA, also known as type 1.5 diabetes or double diabetes, is a form of diabetes in which an adult’s immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas, cells that produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts the body’s blood sugar to energy. Without enough insulin, blood sugar levels can become too high, resulting in nerve damage, blindness, and other problems if untreated. LADA is similar to type 1 diabetes in that both forms are caused by t Continue reading >>

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  1. misstotegirl

    Adult onset Type 1?

    Hi all! New here, just diagnosed last month. I'm assuming I'm type 2, but I have a question.....
    A good friend, a man in his early 40's, was diagnosed with T1 this year. It was a sudden onset, with the classic symptoms of weight loss, increased thirst, fatigue... He is on insulin now and doing well.
    It made me start thinking....I just assumed people were diagnosed with T1 only up to the mid-20s at most. Were any of you diagnosed with T1 at a later age?
    My A1C was 7.1 when I was initially diagnosed. I was put on Metformin 2X a day, and hated it. A month later the doc changed me to long acting Metformin but also drew another A1C, which has climbed to 8.1. I am worried that it is just going to climb and climb without me having any control over it, which will require insulin.

  2. molly1

    what numbers are you getting when you test. Are you taking any other meds? I'm a T2, also and diagnosed in may, 06. However, I think I've had diabetes for a number of years.
    Read as much as you can about diabetes. A good book that I found very informative is "Conquering Diabetes" (Can't work the underline tab) by Dr. Anne L. Peters. I found this book at Barnes and Noble.

  3. deedee

    I was diagnosed Type 1 a few days after my 50th birthday. My symptoms were sudden, like your friend. Intense thirst, weight loss, blurred vision were a few of the signs for about 3 weeks, then intense fatigue and DKA. Even though my doctor thought at first that I was Type 2, he put me on insulin immediately. Then, he admitted me to the hospital where they ran more tests to identify my Type. The C-peptide came back which told them I was Type 1.
    That was a little over two years ago. Now I'm on the pump and doing pretty well.
    Good luck Wendy. Let us know if you have any other questions. We're glad you're here!

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