Hello everyone and thank you very much for your inputs. Certainly a lot to think about.
My situation is somewhat strange.
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the first weeks of my first pregnancy 7 years ago - I continued to use insulin (much lower dose) after that pregnancy and then through my second pregnancy. After that pregnancy, my endo told me I didn’t need to use insulin any more and that didn’t need to test any more.
I wasn’t impressed with him and haven’t seen him for 3 years now. However, I am a Bernstein follower, and wanted excellent blood sugar so I still continued insulin (low dose) since then, as it was the easiest and most reliable way to keep my hba1c in the low 5s.
Insulin is bought over the counter here without a prescription, so I have been doing this pretty much on my own for the past 3 years.
I do have blue cross medical insurance here in Philippines, but that is only for hospitalization, and the last claim I had with them was when I was pregnant with my first (appendicitis surgery, and I was recorded as gestational diabetes). I am pretty sure I am not in any integrated system.
I do have regular blood test results ( every 4 - 6 months showing hba1c stable and at target, and I also monitor my thyroid levels).
I do not have any “diagnosis” since that one of gestational diabetes. I have always presumed that this may be type 1 adult onset (I have other autoimmune issues - hypothyroid and allergies, and I have totally normal blood pressure, cholesterol, etc)… but type of diabetes has never been tested for. I did try metformin in the past, with no detectable impact on blood sugar.
In the seven years, aside from pregnancy, there has not been an obvious progression - if anything, strangely, things are easier to manage now than they were in the past… [ since then three of my sisters and my brother have also had tests with higher than normal blood sugars (but not yet ‘diabetic’, despite 2 also having mild GD)) which leads me to believe that maybe we are having some sort of mody… (again not tested for).]…
I will have to pass a medical to get the life insurance - so I am thinking I should declare the past diagnosed gestational diabetes, work really hard on the vlc diet and exercise so I can be upfront about not being on diabetes meds, and then let my results speak for themselves, and see what they come up with…