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Old 01-11-2016, 22:11   #1
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Hello, my 20- year old son was just diagnosed with type 1. There is no family history of diabetes, so of course this came as a shock to both of us. We have many questions and are trying to find out as much information as we can, so I found this forum online and would like to be a part of it.

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Hi Lynn and welcome to the forum. The absolutely best site I have found (which gave me the link to this forum) is called blood sugar 101. I tried but I don't know how to put in the links. You can Google it or wait and someone who knows how to put the links in will be along soon. She has the information I wish I'd known about when I was first diagnosed and the references so you can read the studies yourself. This forum is wonderful for help and support as we are all on this journey and share our experiences. Glad you found us. Welcome.

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The link is Blood Sugar 101

Another great resource is a book by Dr. Richard Bernstein, who is a T1 diabetic. Many T1s here follow a version of his way of treating diabetes, which is to greatly reduce the food that causes a rise in blood sugar - carbohydrates. In doing this there is need for less insulin, and mistakes and highs and lows are less drastic. He calls this the "law of small numbers".

Much of Dr. Bernstein's book is available online Read Online - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site and would be a good place to start. However, as a T1, your son would benefit greatly from having the book itself handy for reference.

I would extend an invitation to your son to join us here on the forum. It is a great place to be - and among a great bunch of diabetics who have one thing in common - being dedicated to do what needs to be done to gain good control of diabetes, live a long, healthy, complication-free life.

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If you would like to post what treatment method your son is on, what his insulin is and when he takes it, if he's counting carbs and what his daily diet looks like, there are T1s and T2-insulin dependent members who could help him navigate this new world of insulin for him.

I'm sorry your son has to go through this (none of us like being diabetic) but we want to encourage you both that managing this disease is doable.

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Thank you for the nice welcome VeeJay and MaJoie. And for the steering me to some great information. Your support is greatly appreciated. It definitely helps to talk to someone. I'm glad I joined the forum I've told my son about it as well.

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Why don't you ask him to join us?

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Hello, my 20- year old son was just diagnosed with type 1. There is no family history of diabetes, so of course this came as a shock to both of us.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't people just born with type 1, regardless of family history? I have a friend with type 1 and he didn't have any history either.

Type 1 is when the person was born with a pancreas that either makes little or no insulin.

Oh yeah and I have a little cousin who was just diagnosed too. Interestingly enough.

A bit odd to me that he was 20 when he was diagnosed, but perhaps that's common? Usually it's kids that are younger than 10.

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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, where T2 is characterized by insulin resistance. It is possible for T1 to develop later in life, and, unfortunately, it IS fairly common. It is often referred to as T1.5, or LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults )

Read more about it here:

LADA -- Slow Adult Onset Autoimmune Diabetes with Some Type 2 Features

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't people just born with type 1, regardless of family history? I have a friend with type 1 and he didn't have any history either.



Type 1 is when the person was born with a pancreas that either makes little or no insulin.



Oh yeah and I have a little cousin who was just diagnosed too. Interestingly enough.



A bit odd to me that he was 20 when he was diagnosed, but perhaps that's common? Usually it's kids that are younger than 10.
I have had T1 diabetes and was diagnosed as a child aged 9. I do not have a family history of it and was not born with T1D.

Anyone can get T1 diabetes at any time of their life, regardless of wether they have a family history of it or not. When I was diagnosed in 1982, it was known as juvenile onset t1 diabetes melitus. I suppose there is always an exception to a rule as some people with t2 diabets treat thier condition with metformin and insulin and some folks with t1 do the same.

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Hi, Lynn!! I'm also a type 1, and I hope you find some useful information here***

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This thread is three years old. Normally, the "system" here closes a thread when it's gone a year without any activity. This one seems to have slipped through the process.

Shimmer and Cassie - Your responses are appreciated. However, the members you have responded to are no longer active.

Therefore, this thread is closed. Please feel free to open a new discussion in a new thread.

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