I posted in the LADA Group but it was suggested I post in the forum also.
I just got the results back from testing for LADA. My insulin and C-peptides were both low but my antibodies (GAD65, Islet IA-2 and Insulin antibody all came back zero. I have been monitoring my blood glucose and it spikes after meals. My doctor is saying I don't have LADA because I don't have antibodies. She is calling it pancreatic insufficiency. When I googled pancreatic insufficiency it talked more about a decrease in pancreatic enzymes but did say it could result in diabetes. So could I have LADA if I don't have antibodies? I have Hashimoto's disease (and hypothyroid) could this be mimicking diabetes? I read that antibody levels can go to zero when a person has had Type 1 diabetes for a long time. I am still able to bring my BG back to normal so I don’t see how I could even have had LADA for a long time. I feel it’s important to get the diagnosis right so the treatment will be correct.
I noticed that after chewing licorice gum (real licorice not anise flavor) my BG was lower than my normal (but still in the normal range not hypo). I googled licorice root and found it has BG suppressing properties so I did an experiment and took a licorice root supplement and then ate some yogurt with cherries. My BG only went up to 122. Does anyone know how licorice root works? Does it stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin? Will it cause more rapid burn out of my beta cells? My doctor, a naturopath, has me taking it with meals now (low carb diet). I will continue to monitor BG. My goal is nothing over 120. I have a follow-up appt in 4 weeks. But I am wondering if the licorice root is like the Type 2 drugs that work for a while but will destroy all my beta cells as in LADA/Type 1's. This is where I think the correct diagnosis is important.
Thanks for any insights!