Because adults do not get T1D it is a misdiagnosis.
In the dark distant past there were TWO types of Diabetes Juvenile and Senile. These terms were effectively deemed inappropriate.
In the very early days Doctors performed a urine analysis called the dip and lick test to diagnose this condition . Yes your right in your thoughts. Many people were misdiagnosed and died from DKA. Even then many still did die as it was very hard to treat as it is now treated via sliding scale and fluids including NaCl (Sodium Chloride) and Potassium.
It was originally called ‘Melting Disease’ as the person seemed to melt away. The term Diabetes Mellitus was derived from this. Diabetes Insipidus another of the ‘family’ is another vile condition where patient’s thirst is so bad they have been known to drink insatiably from their own bath to try and satiate their unrivalled thirst. Though the two main symptoms are similar Polydipsia and Polyuria the conditions are entirely different.
My parents were told by the amazing Dr Chance and the awesome Sister Jukes who bought me through my early weeks in Birminghams Childrens hospital in Ladywood with their skill and expertise as well as Professor Mallins at the General in Birmingham I’d be VERY luck to survive into my teens.
I was placed on an Alfonal Diet low animal fat and protein. This was at the time believed to be the cause of diabetic complications leading to blindness, loss of limbs and kidney failure. Subsequently it was discovered that in fact Zinc which was added to insulin and used to slow down it absorption and other impurities in fact were causing blocked arteries. Indeed currently loss of limbs in T1D is much rarer but T2D still present often because of problems with feet, ulceration etc…
There are now it is believed 12 types of T2D one of which is diagnosed later but it is still T2D. MANY people present with DKA but that is not a T1D diagnosis.
Most GPs see so few T1Ds they assume and state, "Oh this is T1D because you need insulin. This is NOT a diagnosis this is a treatment plan.
Many are missed entirely and die.
I almost bet my bottom dollar that once her beautiful baby is born most of her symptons will disappear probably entirely.
Far to many doctors even highly respected ones much up on the diagnosis as T1D is VERY rare. It’s almost a feather in their professional caps to ‘find’ one.
In pregnancy the female body goes through massive strain.
Generally the person is eating far more in preparation for the birth and lots more carbs are consumed. The body reacts by over production of insulin causing a depletion needing medication often tablets BEFORE insulin therapy begins. T2D presents and may well need correction due to the pregnancy and dangers of large babies being born, so insulin is prescribed. My 60 year research suggests that in 99 out of 100 hundred cases the mother after birth within weeks to months loses the diabetic condition and becomes cured. Sadly VERY sadly people are misinformed. There is absolutely NO cure for T1D.
In fact not so long ago people with anorexia were given insulin in tiny doses to encourage appetite. Does that make them T1D of course not.
You will see she will be fine at worst a T2D but ALWAYS T1D is an Autoimmune condition where for some reason the persons body attacks itself and destroys the Islet of Langergans cells in the pancreas. It is STILL not understood how or why but there is research going on suggesting it can and often is a coincidence associated with some kind of viral childhood infection.
I at 2 was an inquisitive child and I was exploring my parents living room. Electrical plugs in the UK were different in those days and I managed to unscrew the top of the plug socket and touched the live wires. I got an electric shock from the socket squealed and cried.
10 days later I was taken to the GP as I’d bumped into a small glass door breaking a glass panel and my mom wanted the doctor to check if I had glass in my ears. She mentioned, in passing, that I’d suddenly started to drink loads and had started to wet the bed again. He didn’t, as many might have, suggest it was a reaction to the shock or an infection, He was very clued into what was in those days a relatively unusual condition and its symptoms at 2, I was born as a T1D. I was fortunate. Even to this day my mom and dad tell everyone it was caused by the electric shock. Coincidently I’d had Measles (before MMR) and its likely that is what set things in motion but uncertain. It is also been researched that maybe MMR or BCG allergic reactions could set this in motion, in truth no one knows.
Interestingly the incidence of T1D has risen by around 4% per annum again coincidently after the large amounts of well meaning and loving parents became concerned, alarmed even that the MMR vaccine caused Autism and many refused this very important inoculation. Subsequently the theory about MMR and Autism has been completely disproved and most but not all parents now accept the SCIENTIFIC evidence put before them. There are more cases of Measles now than in the past 25 years partly due to the vaccine refusal and partly due to the influx of children who haven’t been inoculated in their country of origin. It seems this condition will never be understood fully by anyone, cured eventually . . maybe , we can all hope.
In 1958 the use of MMR was not so common and the SUGAR cube inoculation was used to prevent Measles and Mumps. I was younger so hadn’t had that yet and in fact I never got the earlier Sugar cube vaccine because you guessed I’d become a type 1.
Insulin is a treatment NOT a diagnosis.
Please do your research before throwing your arms up in horror at what I’ve said.
I’m ALMOST 100% certain this young mom will be fine and her baby is likely to be larger than the norm.
Theresa May is an insulin dependent T2D one of the 12 different T2D types who presented late in life. She was put forward as an icon of T1D and it not being ‘the end of the world’.
She doesn’t fit the ‘norm’ for T2D she wasnt overweight or eating badly she was one of the unfortunate type 2 but after some criticism it was announced that she falls in to the T2D 12 groups.
It is doctors who make foolish claims about this awful condition. But it is a certainty that T1D is a childhood condition.
I’m so sorry for ANYONE who gets this disease but it doesn’t change mine or many other researchers, ebdocrinilogists andxscientists conclusions