Let me first thank you all for such a welcoming response, wow! I never knew there was a Facebook for diabetics, ha! There are some really cool people on here and it makes me realize that I’m not alone. I live in an outskirt of Tampa Bay where the population is a bit older. Being a 31 year old, recently diagnosed diabetic, this has been a bit overwhelming. I know many other diabetics around town, but I’m literally half their age. This was eye opening.
Backround - Given my age and weight at diagnosis (27.5 BMI), along with my mildly high bloodpressure (139/89), high triglycerides (321) and low HDL (33), my doctor assumed me to be type 2. I generally think he is correct, but this the last couple of days have brought me to question this just a bit.
I recognize that this is a controversial topic and I certainly do not wish to generate a debate on this as it can get quite heated (and I like you guys!), but I am considering the experimental procedure of duodenal switch for T2 diabetics. That’s a different conversation for a different day, right? I have been asked to be sure that my diabetes is not autoimmune driven and I hadn’t heard of Type 1.5 (LADA) before this week. Given my relative young age and the fact that I was slightly overweight (certainly not obese), I now question whether I have markers for the T 1.5. I have requested a C-Peptide and GAD65 test from my doctor, but have not received the script yet.
Given my metabolic issues at diagnosis (considerably better now with exercise), I tend to believe I was an unlucky young T2, but it isn’t a slam dunk of a diagnosis to me. I have responded fairly well to meformin and glipizide (although I’m trying to drop the glipizide).
The message boards I have read seem to indicate that most T1’s or T 1.5’s do not have the cholesterol, bloodpressure, triglyceride problem that I did (do?). Can those of you with LADA describe to me your metabolic indicators in addition to your diagnosis trigger?
Thanks a million!
Oh yeah, I’m a business school graduate from the University of South Florida. They are playing Kansas tonight…GO BULLS!