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Score has been high for several months. Doc keeps adding diabetes meds (metformin, junuvia and glicazide). I'm maxed on all 3.

Seeing an internist at the end of the month (Oct 27).

Doc is very surprised my scores are still high. Exercise and diet not helping any more. (They average around 11 mmol)

She said it's as though my pancreas is shutting down like a type 1. Mentioned to the Doc that my mother died of pancreatic cancer, and she's sending me for an abdominal ctscan to see if pancreatic cancer is the cause. Had one 10 months ago and it was ok though.
 

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I hope things turn out well for you. Did an endocrinologist diagnose you? So many times a doctor who is NOT a diabetes specialist gives the wrong diagnosis. Many are diagnosed as Type 2 because of age or body weight and they were Type 1 from the start. Type 2 is progressive though and eventually the pancreas produces less and less insulin. When it shuts down the characteristics of Type 1 are present. When a Type 2 has a pancreas that no longer produces insulin that is sometimes called a "double diabetes".

I have double diabetes too only I came from the opposite direction. I was Type 1 for50 years and then I gained too much weight and developed insulin resistance. I was then a Type 1 with Type 2 characteristics so I was a double diabetic. I lost most of that weight but the resistance will never go away after the damage is done. Double diabetics, irregardless of which direction it occurred, have to take a Type 2 med to help with the resistance and they must also use insulin since the pancreas is not producing any. I take Avandia tablets and use Humalog insulin in a pump. I have very good control.
 

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That's interesting Richard, I had no idea. I am seeing an Internist next week and an endocrinologist within a few weeks.

When DX 10 months ago, I was able to get scores in normal zone immediately and they stayed there for four months. Had tooth abcess and they shot up.

After antibiotics, most of May and June were normal, tooth acted up again in August, tooth was fully repaired yet scores don't drop.

I've lost 60 plus pounds and exercise at least 30 min per day. No more than 30 gm of carbs per day, and obviously very minimal sugar.

The fact that it had been in normal ranges for months at a time over the last 10 months is weird.

Really hoping it's not cancer obv. The relationship between pancreatic cancer and diabetes is well-documented, the med profession just can't figure which one causes which.
 

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Richard was RIGHT!!!!

Diagnosed today with TYPE 1.

I'm 54 years old.
Diagnosed with Type 2 in Dec 08, was able to keep scores down for a a few months, then lost control.

Doc even said I am malnourished because of how I've been working to get scores down... virtually eliminating carbs, fruits for the past couple of months. He mentioned that my body "was eating itself", using up muscle as an energy source. (Explains why I wasn't getting any stronger at the gym... and continued exhaustion).

Well... I have to say that initially I was quite crestfallen with the news of going on insulin where I worked so hard on my weight, exercise and food intake.

But I'm getting used to idea. I have to start feeling better (and looking better... too scrawny).
 

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I was very much underweight after my diagnosis in 1945. After using insulin I began gaing weight, very slowly. Modern day insulins are much better though, so you should be in fine shape after a few months. With good control you should feel great and look great! Good luck with your insulin!

Richard
 
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