Misdiagnosis is still way to common, the latest stats said that 30% of type 1’s will be misdiagnosed as type 2’s. 50% of type 1’s won’t get it until after they are 30.
I was misdiagnosed for over 9 years, And I even asked if I could be type 1 because my uncle had died from type 1. The first pcp and then endo just dismissed my question if I could be type 1 and said you’re not type 1 and never tested me. When I finally switched my pcp who sent me to a new endo they hired, I was finally diagnosed right. Luckily I had been put on insulin fairly early because medications made me sick…
The misinformation by the medical community unfortunately is still high. I believe because while I wasn’t drastically overweight but not skinny that one look at my age of 46 and weight said you have to be a type 2.
Type 1/LADA is a slower developing form of type 1 and can take years to fully develop. It means you still make some insulin until you don’t. There is just a lot of medical personal that don’t seem to know about it. And a lot of pcp it’s said will only run across one or two type 1 diabetics in their practice.
Metformin only blocks the glucose your liver makes but doesn’t bring down your sugars, your own insulin production has to do that. It certainly sounds suspicious that you might be a type 1 not a type 2. Especially with the weight loss.
Those ketones can be very dangerous, it can rise to a level that’s life threatening. You need to look up DKA for the symptoms and watch for it. If you are a type 1 the odds are you will slowly get sicker until you get some insulin. Even urgent care will usually give you an insulin shot to bring down your levels. Both urgent care and emergency can make you referrals usually faster? Emergency has more ability to probably run more tests.