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Old 02-28-2013, 02:29   #1
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Hello!

I am a 20 year old, Hispanic female.

In June 2006, I had blood work done. It was confirmed that I did not have either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, but that I have Reactive Hypoglycemia. (I know it says October 2012. I apologize. I read it wrong!)

My doctor told me that if I didn't take care of it, it could potentially turn into Type 2 Diabetes.

While I do take care of myself, (I monitor my diet and take vitamins), I haven't had professional blood work since. (My doctor didn't find it necessary.)

Is there still a chance that I could develop Type 1 Diabetes? I've read stories online of people being diagnosed later in life.

I just want to know so I can be prepared!

Thank you!

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Hi, glad to meet you!

A Type 1 does not turn into a Type 2 or such, but many are first diagnosed with 2 and then in time with more testing are found to be another type...for example LADA.

Type 1can strike at any age...it is more common in children, but it is not unusual in adults. It is an autoimmune disease and like others such as allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and many other conditions can occur any time. Some think a virus can cause it to happen.

Yes, I believe Reactive Hypoglycemia can lead to problems later in life...

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There is an article > 5 yrs ago I believe, that indicates reactive hypos CAN precede T1D.

I would recommend reading at the blood sugar 101 website, and doing everything possible NOW to avoid worsening your disease -- wherever you fall on the diabetes spectrum.
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hey there. I'm kinda in the same boat, diagnosed with type 2, nothing worked and went on insulin and have tight control. I'm still trying to figure it out, but I have read about the c-peptide test. It measures natural insulin antibodies I believe, either way it's one way to tell if your body is producing natural insulin or lacking.

I hope you figure it out, it's tough being in the dark

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hey there. I'm kinda in the same boat, diagnosed with type 2, nothing worked and went on insulin and have tight control. I'm still trying to figure it out, but I have read about the c-peptide test. It measures natural insulin antibodies I believe, either way it's one way to tell if your body is producing natural insulin or lacking....
A c-peptide test doesn't check for antibodies, but it does help assess how much insulin you're producing.

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When I was diagnosed they told me that I was type 2 and put me on metformin and I beleive it was glucofage (sp?) . After my next blood test they were telling me that it was my diet ; well no matter what I ate my sugar was off the charts and out of control ; if I even walked down the potato chip isle in the store my sugar would go up. Further testing and wouldn't you know it T1 not T2

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A c-peptide test doesn't check for antibodies, but it does help assess how much insulin you're producing.

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Sorry, I was unaware what it does exactly other than measuring naturally produced insulin.

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When I was diagnosed they told me that I was type 2 and put me on metformin and I beleive it was glucofage (sp?) . After my next blood test they were telling me that it was my diet ; well no matter what I ate my sugar was off the charts and out of control ; if I even walked down the potato chip isle in the store my sugar would go up. Further testing and wouldn't you know it T1 not T2
Story of my life Crankin, I was told I would be in the hospital if I was a type 1. End of discussion....I'm now on insulin and feel much better.

Find a doctor that is willing to help you and listen to you. If they don't do either of those, go somewhere else. It doesn't do you any good to get bad advise.

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While I do take care of myself, (I monitor my diet and take vitamins), I haven't had professional blood work since. (My doctor didn't find it necessary.)
You CAN tell how well your body is metabolizing glucose. Get a blood glucose meter and start testing around your meals. Just before eating (to see where your BG level is), then 1 hr after the first bite (this is when most people's BG spikes from the carbs in the meal) and then 1hr after that (to see if your BG is returning to post-meal level).

Do read Blood Sugar 101 and especially the section on "How to lower your blood sugar"

If your BG starts out high, and remains high, then you are not producing enough insulin to cover the amount of carbs you are eating. Try reducing the carbohydrates in your diet by eliminating all grains and starchy vegetables like potatoes and rice.

"High" would be any reading above 140 mg/dl.

If your BG spikes up high and then comes crashing down (say, in the 60s or lower), your pancreas is overproducing insulin and you have reactive hypoglycemia. You can minimize the roller coaster by eating low-carb and not stimulating the pancreas to put out so much insulin.

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Sorry, I was unaware what it does exactly other than measuring naturally produced insulin.
Granola? The c-peptide needs to be done, but the determining test is for GAD autoimmune antibodies.




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