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Old 08-07-2008, 15:40   #1
 
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I recently had an antibody test done and the results came back of course that I am a Type I !! I guess my results where off the charts for the lab. which my dr. actually seemed a bit shocked because he said that with this test as you get older typically this antibody goes down and sometimes in adults it is not present even if you are type I ! I am sure he told me the name of the test (just a great dr. like that -- love my endo) but with my lovely brain it has somehow gotten pushed out lol! I was curious if someone knew what this test was or what it could be?

I want to have my kids tested because from what I understand is this ... if it is positive then you are either a type I or you will soon develop it -- if you are negative you are pretty much safe from type I !!! As I wrote before my dad was type I.. I now am type I and worry that my boys might become type I ! If I can't figure out the test name does anyone know of a test that works similiar to this one ....

Thanks and have a great day !

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Hello Meg: :0)

The tests are the GAD65, ICA512, insulin autoantibodies. 20-40% of individuals can have a negative test result but still have Type 1 Diabetes.

The same goes for the test for the autoimmune disease Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA). About 20% of the individuals receive a negative test result but still have RA.

I've had my Kids tested many times through the years for Type 1(and my Daughter for RA)and they have always received a negative result. So sometimes, I of course, still wonder. YW! Have a Great one yourself.

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Thank you sooo much!!I thought that was what the test was but was NOT 100% sure!!! Yeah my endo said that even if it came back negative for me I am still type I !!!! He said that as you get older that antibody disappears in your system! I am going to have my 4 boys testing just because I feel I would rather have a heads up than a heads down appproach to this!

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I totally agree with you. Aside from watching out for symptoms, it always made me feel better when the Drs. said Negative. Wow! 4 Boys.

I'm off to my Endo now so I'll see Ya later. I may ask for a prescription for a pump. :P Have a Good one Meg.

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Thanks Terrie!!! Did ya get your prescription????

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Thanks Terrie!!! Did ya get your prescription????

HA! Evidently the Nurse mixed up the rooms that I and another Woman were supposed to be in.

This Guy walks in(another Endo)and of course I'm thinking, "Geez, my Endo sure has aged in the past 6 months". We talked for a bit and he mentioned different items in my files like how long I've had Diabetes and my Good test results, etc.

My Endo finally walks in and apologizes for the mix-up, accuses the other Endo of trying to steal his Patients. We all laugh, I'm relieved, blah, blah, blah.

Yup, no problem with my Endo. Well, actually I have to see the Pump Educator first, so I made an appointment with her on the same floor. My Endo gave me a bunch of info about pumps and companies which I already know about.



I'm hoping and praying that none of our Kids get it. Have a Sunny Saturday.

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Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANAs, also known as anti-nuclear factor or ANF) are antibodies present in higher than normal numbers in autoimmune disease. The ANA test measures the pattern and amount of autoantibody which can attack the body's tissues as if they were foreign material. Everyone has a small amount of autoantibody, but in about 5% of the population this is raised, and about half of this 5% have an autoimmune disease.

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Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANAs, also known as anti-nuclear factor or ANF) are antibodies present in higher than normal numbers in autoimmune disease. The ANA test measures the pattern and amount of autoantibody which can attack the body's tissues as if they were foreign material. Everyone has a small amount of autoantibody, but in about 5% of the population this is raised, and about half of this 5% have an autoimmune disease.
For the past two weeks the doctor prescribed me with Insulin. It works. my sugar level drops to 5.2 to 6.1 daily. However what worries me is that my stomach where I poked the insulin needle gave me the itches. Also the needle marks buldge a bit.
Hope that someone having the same experience could share some advise.

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