Love this website, so much information!
Looking for some advice and opinions from the LADA community out there.
Adult daughter diagnosed with Type 2 about a year ago. So I’d been reading about it for a while. Then in February my 21 year old nephew spent 4 days in ICU - Diagnosed with Type 1. Talking with my sister about her son and how he started complaining to her about being so thirsty and his mouth was so dry …then he started complaining about his eyes bothering him…I thinking to myself I’ve been so thirsty and my mouth has been dry and I’m going to the bathroom a dozen times a day, my eyes went wacky the other night while playing a game on my phone and it lasted for about 15 minutes or so. It was a little scary. I made a doctors appointment (I have no insurance).
Doctor looks at me…Huh? You don’t “look” like a diabetic but you are describing the symptoms so let’s get a CBC and hbA1 test.
So more on what I “look” like:
On that day: 103lbs
Blood pressure 110/72
BMI: 17.4 underweight
On my feet working 14 hours day easily, I rarely sit down during the day. NOT a couch potato ever in my life. Probably never been in normal BMI range either.
Nurse I assume calls : you are pre-diabetic. You need to go on a low-carb, high protein diet and LOSE SOME WEIGHT!
I started laughing! Lady I weigh 103 lbs and can’t afford to lose an ounce! Obviously you are not looking at my file. If I don’t have carbs I’ll melt away. She said I’m sorry honey but you will just have to lose your excess weight!
WOW! So I say : is this Type 1 or 2? She sighs…type 2 of course-it’s impossible for an adult to get type 1! I ask what was my blood glucose? 94 and my A1c? 5.7. Not bad. You can fix this.
I probably can! Drinking half gallon of raspberry lemonade a day and eating a giant bowl of ice cream almost every night! I did this to myself obviously! I’m just barely prediabetic no problem.
I’ve researched what to eat…now only drinking water and coffee , no white bread, white potatoes, white rice etc. I’ve more than doubled my vegetables, got rid of those breakfast bars and cleaned my pantry and fridge. Only healthy stuff for me from now on.
4 weeks later I’m 95 lbs and look and feel terrible. Obviously I don’t know what I’m doing. I make an appointment with a dietitian. I spent an hour with this lady…she was great. I need to have carbs, a healthy fat, and protein with each meal I eat. 3 meals per day and 3 snacks per day. Keeping carbs below 25g per meal or snack. Showed me stuff to avoid to eat for the prediabetes…She struggled trying to find stuff to gain weight (not something she has ever had to do!) before I leave she says: I don’t think you’re pre-type 2. Have you ever heard of Lada? If you don’t gain weight on this diet then it’s likely it’s not Type 2. Go back to the doctor and demand to be tested! Also invest in a glucose meter and see what sends your blood sugar up. I leave their feeling I have have what I need to succeed.
I made it back up to 101 lbs in the following weeks it didn’t stick …back down to 95lbs.
I feel awful now. Worse than before… Every time I eat I feel awful, exhausted like never before. I feel like I have a 10 lb weight tied to each arm and leg. I have an overwhelming urge to sleep.
Better get a glucose meter.
I’ve been testing…mornings starting at 93. Now I’m up to mornings 115 (within 2weeks)
Spiking at 167 then 172. Seems small amounts of carbs are an issue. Last night had a bad storm I was soaked and didn’t want to shop for food in the pouring rain so ordered a pizza…thin crust onions green pepper and garlic. A spike of 205. Guess I won’t eat that again!!
Husband thinks I’m nuts, I’m obsessed!
I am… I want fix this or figure out what I’m dealing with. I feel like every day my blood sugar is out of range of normal, I’m doing damage to my body.
So what does everyone think? I’m calling and making another doctor appointment on Monday. I just feel lousy all the time and just want to feel better!
Thanks for reading this extremely long post. Any opinion or advice would be appreciated.