I hovered in pre-diabetes from the age of 30 until 40, constantly exercising and then I tried metformin from my internist thinking I was Type 2. Not only did I suffer huge bowel distress (TMI), I also saw my A1C skyrocket to 10.1. I tried combination of Byetta - no change, nauseous, loved the weight loss of the 15- 20 lbs I always wanted, but my A1C was awful still.
I finally was referred by a friend to an Endo who was Type 1 herself, and treated me like 1. I tried Humalog with the Lantus for a year, saw some decrease in A1C, by a point, but it wasn’t until I borrowed some Humulin, I saw my numbers get better. Now on Humulin and Lantus, kickboxing 3-4 times a week and yoga 1-2 times a week, I am at 6.8 with some lows including some failures to treat one in yoga class.
I am on the board of JDRF locally in the PNW, and currently am working on a CGM for Bayer Diabetes and the clinical and regulatory approval of that device.
I think there is no fine line in definition of type 1 or type 2. I think this disease is a pandemic. The technology lags behind the disease and being a biomedical engineer myself, its my mission now.
I am getting my Dexcom CGM this week, and looking forward to it and knowing where I am at during working out or when I am cranky because we all get cranky with our lows sometimes unknowingly thanks to the boyfriends I have dated who have pointed this out.