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Adult-Onset Type 1 Diabetes

I transitioned as an adult from type 2 to a type 1 diabetes in a few short years. This was very uncommon! Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or adolescents but not in adults.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago. I must admit that I was’t shocked with the bad news because I didn’t know at the time what diabetes was all about. After all, no one in my family had been diagnosed with diabetes and I didn’t know many other people with diabetes so I was totally unfamiliar with this chronic disease.

Due to my ignorance on this subject I was not immediately alarmed nor I felt upset or depressed. By nature, I’m also a very positive person so I was not going to to let diabetes 2 symptoms control my life. I was in charge!

I quickly scheduled an appointment with an endocrinologist who prescribed oral medication to lower my blood sugar. He also recommended a low carbohydrate diet and daily exercises. No big deal…I could handle this!

My wife is a nurse and her father died of diabetes complications so she is very knowledgeable about type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the many ways to manage it. I’m extremely fortunate to have her by my side. She gives me tips, recommendations and inspiration to move forward.

Type 1 diabetes

The Bad News-Moving From Type 2 to Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes

About 10 years ago I quickly progressed from type 2 to adult onset type 1 diabetes as my pancreas stopped producing insulin. This is referred to as Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA). This is a form of diabetes in which an adult’s immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas, cells that produce insulin which is the hormone that converts the body’s blood sugar to energy. Without enough insulin, blood sugar levels can become too high, resulting in nerve damage, blindness, and other problems if left untreated.

Because LADA appears in adulthood, it may be initially mistaken for type 2 diabetes, but there are specific differences. LADA tends to have a faster progression than type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 diabetes are also overweight, while people with LADA are often at a healthy weight. Another distinction is that the drugs typically used for type 2 diabetes patients, such as metformin, will eventually stop working for LADA patients as their immune systems destroy more insulin-producing cells.

Continuous Glucose Monitor

Continuous Glucose Monitor

As a person with type 1 diabetes, I’m totally dependent on insulin and I use an insulin pump to administer insulin as well as a continuous glucose monitor device or CGM to monitor my glucose levels. I’m very happy that I took immediate action and educated myself and learned about the new technologies that are available today to help manage diabetes.

I’ve created this blog to help other people with diabetes stay informed with the latest news, research, developments, information and products that are available or that may become available in the future. The goal is simple: “to highlight the accomplishments of those fighting this disease every day while disseminating information about any possible treatment or hopefully, a cure that might be on its way.”

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