or maybe all of those are the same? still learning the ropes!
Anyway, hello! My name is Kim 37yrs old and recently dx with diabetes, currently per endo type 1. Diabetes isn't new to me, I had GD with both of my pregnancies and now less than 2 years after the birth of my son it is back, maybe it never fully went away? I can't say for sure. While preggo I was on Glyburide and diet regimen, the Glyburide didn't help that much, which all makes sense now! It all started this time around when I was having some health stuff going on and went to see my primary care who did labs, all perfectly normal except for that pesky glucose, it was 354 fasting, yikes! My A1C was 8.2, not horrible I guess. So she immediately said "you are a type 2 diabetic" I didn't buy what she was selling ;) I mean I like her but I just don't fit that typical mold, I know there is no typical but I just felt something else was up. I am thin (too thin actually), exercise, eat decent and I have huge family history of diabetes type 1 and 2. My brother was a type 1 dx in toddlerhood (he sadly passed away from complications at age 39), my cousin was just dx with type 1 at the age of 34, another cousin with type 1 around age 10, and countless type 2ers who were dx after the age of 60. So I took it into my own hands, researched local endocrinologists who specialized in this kind of thing and made an appointment, she immediately said "you seem like a type 1" she ordered a battery of tests (still waiting on some, I see her next week) but in the interim she started me on Lantus 10u at night, a day later she called to say while she was still waiting on the antibody testing she had received my insulin levels and they were low, she said I needed more insulin so she added Humalog 2u before meals to start....so that is where I am at, I see her again next week to talk about the other results and come up with a better plan. Prior to insulin my fastings were running around 180 and 2 hr pp around 230 and that was with minimal carbs, very minimal. Since starting the insulin my fastings are more in the 100-130 range and 2hr pp were around 160-170 but I recently upped my Humalog to 3u and that has kept them under 130, that makes me happy....I know this is still a learning curve, I am still working on figuring out the carb to Humalog ratio and it will take time but for now I feel like I have a plan or at least the start of one. I must say I get worked up about this, if my number goes to 200 I start to feel freaky, part of that is likely because it makes me anxious and stressed when I know it's high. But anyway I just wanted to introduce myself, you seem like a very knowledgable bunch and I am on a quest to figure this all out and gain some control!
Now onto my questions, regarding the types, currently the endo says "you are a type 1" my insulin level was low but still some is being produced, does that mean LADA? or not really? what happens if the GAD antibodies come back negative? does that mean anything or not really? ....I guess at the end of the day the bottom line is I need insulin but I just like knowing what my body is doing! Any feedback appreciated, I look forward to chatting with you all, thanks for reading my novel, I ramble a lot :)