You know, reading everyone’s stories here, I’m starting to wonder if ALL of us Type 1s who were diagnosed as adults aren’t Type 1.5/LADAs…because of the way we became diabetic. It was a gradual attack on our beta cells, eventually reducing them to the point where we were only producing 10% of the insulin of a normal person.
I think a lot of people – even doctors, in many cases – believe that anyone who gets D as an adult is automatically a Type 2. I had to ASK my endocrinologist for the tests to determine whether I was Type 1 or 2 (GAD 65 antibodies and C-peptide). He didn’t mention or offer them to me. I wonder how many misdiagnosed “Type 2s” are out there?
I’m just glad I got on insulin right away and didn’t waste time fiddling around with oral meds, because I’ve heard that being on insulin gives your (remaining) beta cells a rest and can lengthen the honeymoon phase. I’m 39 and I was diagnosed last July.