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Old 05-26-2017, 20:59   #11
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I was a medical technologist and recognized the symptoms so I ran the tests and told my doc "I have a touch of diabetes" to which he replied "There's no such thing as a touch of diabetes'." The guy had very little sense of humor...

That was in 1995 and I have been on Metformin and Glipizide ever since. My A1C stays around 5.5 to 6 if I watch the diet.

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Old 05-27-2017, 03:48   #12
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How did you find out that you have diabetes?

Were you surprised by the diagnosis or were you expecting it?
I'm not diabetic, I just have a form of insulin resistance which is treated with Metformin.

I believe it was caught before it turned into diabetes. And no, I'm not real surprised, as I am obese and love sugar a bit too much.

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Old 08-14-2017, 15:27   #13
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I lost weight, my eyesight was going bad and I had a kit in the house (daughter with type 1). I ran a test and blew a 450!

Then I knew.

I take 17u of Lantus, mind my carbs, gave up the white stuff and got my A1c under 7 within the first 6 months (it was 11.0).

I've lost 40#.

My eyesight is better.

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Old 08-24-2017, 23:48   #14
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I got really sick one Saturday at work (a breakfast buffet attendant at a local hotel) and my Mom took me to the ER. My bg was so high my nurse at the time called me "a walking candy cane". 3 days later out of the hospital on 2 insulins, 2 oral meds, and 2 cholesterol meds. Surprisingly, my BP was fine in the hospital but my NP put me on a maintenance dose of lisinopril when I went for my first office visit.

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Old 08-25-2017, 02:26   #15
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I was a medical technologist at the time. I was having to P very frequently and it was always colorless. I did a specific gravity which was high and used a dip sick for glucose which was positive. I obtained a couple of blood samples, ran them through the lab. My blood sugar was around 250 and my A1C was around 12%.

Took all of this to my doc. and told him I had a "touch of diabetes."

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Old 09-12-2017, 05:05   #16
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I remember it well. It was Sept 12 1977 Monday night in a college classroom and i noticed I was thirsty and had to urinate frequently. For the next week i continued to work and go to school and the symptoms continued until Sept 20th Tuesday morning when I had my Dr appt. at 10:00am. The morning was warm with a collage of white clouds and baby blue skies as autumn was entering our world. The Dr got a urine sample and blood sugar reading from me and it was 775 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21. I then was admitted to local community hospital for almost a week to get myself treated, educated, and awaken to a new lifestyle that was surreal. I then went about my life at school, work, sports, and social events as at that time it seemed very manageable with 1 shot of 15 units NPH in morning and watch what I ate. Well it was like jumping into a cockpit of a Cessna and learned to fly with no instructions. I knew what highs and lows would feel like and was very open about my disease to others. Back then (1977) it was rare to find another type 1 diabetic as i never knew of someone until i went back work a week later and found out 2 other co-workers ages 20 and 30 also had Type 1. Its also the last time i ran into or knew of another type 1 diabetic in person. The internet age in 1995 allowed me to talk to a few type 1 diabetics online but it can be a lonely disease as so few understand the plight, effort, sacrifice, associated risks, discipline, symptoms, and mechanisms involved with type 1 diabetes. Back in 1977 there approx 800,000 to a million type 1 diabetics in the US (population then of country was 250 million) and today with population of 320 million, there are about 1.5 million diagnosed type 1's, that is it.

Imagine an age of no internet, support groups, limited knowledge of the disease, ignorance run amok with medical community and population, lack of technical tools to monitor and manage this egregious disease. No strips, no glucose meter, very few endo's to see, and limited data on the disease. Carb counting was not yet implemented and not a word on what repeated glucose lows could do to someone after 5 years which is to trigger hypoglycemic unawareness episodes and the loss of awareness when blood sugar drops too low.

Its been 40 years today since I was diagnosed and it seems like a far away place buried in the pages of time. As fortunate as i was to get 2 pancreas transplants and become stable and insulin independent for those 11 special years, there is nothing quite like one's own native pancreas in keeping our bodies so well synchronized where the blood sugar is always between 70 and 100

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Dx with cancer twice 2007 & 2008, stage 2 & 3
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Old 09-12-2017, 18:47   #17
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quite the story HJ! The whole realm of, "Diabetes" is confusing if you ask me. In the land of Type 1, maybe it makes more sense? No matter, it is what it is. I'm new in my personal management. Being the father of an 11 year old with type 1, I took the crash course 13 years ago. It's different though when it's you! Perhaps having a bit more angst when it's your child?

Glad you remain with us to share your stories. I'm 62 and not even a year into my journey. Endo says as LADA progresses, I'll be on meal-time bolus and a bit more discipline. For now, it's 17 units of Lantus a day and a bit of watch over my diet.

Turns out Frosted Flakes are not GGRRRREEEAAAATTTT!

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I see your dx as type 1.5 which is LADA and the link below provides a good summation of LADA. The concept of LADA was introduced in 1993 so prior to that it was often misdiagnosed as type 2. About and estimated 5–10% of the total diabetes population in the U.S. or, as many as 3.5 million persons have LADA.

See below for more on LADA
https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/t...s-an-overview/

I also see your 11 yr son has type 1. Please let him know if he isn't already aware that a steady and frequent level of low blood sugars typically between 35 and 60 can increase the chance of developing hypoglycemic unawareness.

Hypoglycemia unawareness is not rare, occurring in about 20 percent of those with Type 1 diabetes. Symptoms of a low become less obvious after having diabetes for several years because repeated lows impair the body’s release of stress hormones. The major counter-regulatory hormone that causes glucose to be released by the liver to raise the blood sugar is glucagon. Glucagon secretion is reduced in most people who have Type 1 diabetes within the first two to ten years after onset. The lower a person’s average blood sugar, the higher the risk for hypoglycemia unawareness. Hypoglycemia unawareness was three times as common in the intensively controlled group compared to the conventionally controlled group in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, with 55 percent of the episodes in this study occurring during sleep.

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Dx with cancer twice 2007 & 2008, stage 2 & 3
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Old 09-12-2017, 20:30   #19
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I also see your 11 yr son has type 1. Please let him know if he isn't already aware that a steady and frequent level of low blood sugars typically between 35 and 60 can increase the chance of developing hypoglycemic unawareness.

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Oh to have school-age children again! Our children are now 24 and 27. The 24 year old has had type 1 since she was 11. Our son was diagnosed with type 1 in February of this year. Actually the day after my diagnosis! He may be young for LADA, but so far is only using long-acting insulin.

Thanks for the followup and also thanks for the link.

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Old 09-12-2017, 21:19   #20
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How has your daughters journey been with type 1? She getting respectable A1c's values? Her kidney function within normal ranges (serum creatinine and GFR -Glomerular Filtration Rate), no signs of neuropathy, still recognizing lows? Her vision and back of her eyes show no signs of leakage?

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