When people talk about whether we need to clarify our type I always say yes because “they are two entirely different conditions” and I still believe this.
But I just had a totally random thought that may have no significance to the etiology of diabetes as a whole because it may just be my own unique path to Type 1 diabetes (LADA), but perhaps it does contain some clue to the connection between types. Just something to think about for you theoretical and scientific types (which I’m not).
A year before my diagnosis if you could have seen into a crystal ball and said I would be diabetic a year later you would say without a question of a doubt: Type 2. I was 57 years old, 40 pounds overweight, the heaviest I’d been but had struggled with some extra weight all my life as had my father and his mother who had diabetes (I’m assuming type 2, but don’t know for sure). I had Metabolic Syndrome: High blood pressure, high cholesterol and probably the third thing I can’t remember. I took meds for these. Heart disease ran in my family, my brother had had a quadruple bypass. So my misdiagnosis as Type 2 at age 58 wasn’t too hard to understand, even though by that point I had started to lose some of the weight (I lost all 40 pounds before and in the year after diagnosis), I had another autoimmune disorder (thyroid) and my blood pressure and cholesterol had normalized.
So what this leads me to wonder about is this: Was I, perhaps, on my way to being a type 2 who got derailed and became a type 1 (LADA) due to the autoimmune attack? Though I know not every type 1 (or even every LADA) has the same etiology could this perhaps show that types 1 & 2 are not all that separate but are like a train moving along that gets shunted (or whatever the word is) onto a side rail with a new destination?
Like I said, just a thought.