I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 21. I was trying to gain full independence in my life-- so when I faced diabetes for the first time, I wanted to handle it independently. My parents were supportive, but given that I never lived with them since my diagnosis, there knowledge of diabetes was somewhat limited.
I was shocked to receive a email from my dad quite recently with the subject “More like you…” telling me of his diagnosis with diabetes. At the age of 50, the assumption is that it’s type 2. He was put on Metformin, told to eat healthy, and check his blood sugar twice a day.
He rose to the occasion in fine form and has been learning incredibly quickly about how to take care of himself. And learning a bit more about the lifestyle that his daughter (me) took on five years ago.
But the worrier in me is still worried. His insulin production is apparently still normal, but I’m worried that he is a LADA who all doctors will assume is type 2. He is seeing a good endo (same as me)-- and she said that it is too early to know if he is type 1??? But that they will keep an eye out… For a LADA, shouldn’t the antibody tests reveal something immediately?
I have heard many parents who wished that they could take on their children’s diabetes. Looking at my dad, at the beginning of this long struggle, I wish that I could have taken on his…