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  1. Hans
    Hans September 3, 2011 at 8:20 am | | Reply

    Jennifer’s 2 cents for Adrienne

  2. Natalie
    Natalie September 3, 2011 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    I’m wondering if Adrienne isn’t in the earliest stage of LADA, and whether she should have an antibody test. As you said, she REALLY doesn’t fit the picture of Type 2, and calling her “pre-diabetic” may be a dangerous trip down a dead end. Better to find out now than to end up in DKA!

  3. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter September 3, 2011 at 10:12 am | | Reply

    Usually I think you’re right on the money, but today, no.
    Letter one: thyroid and depression are two possibilities. Riding the rollercoaster, bouncing between hyper- and hypoglycemia is a third. Not only depressing, but extremely tiring physically, mentally, and emotionally. And sometimes the more we try to fix things, the worse they get. Think of running from a tiger for weeks on end. Sleep, stasis looks awfully good.
    Letter two: However warm and cuddly what you said may seem (the infomercials and rags make $$$ off this), most of us on the LADA blogs will tell you that no matter how careful we were, however much we strove to do all the right things, we are insulin-dependent diabetics. It’s not pessimism, but realism. We learn to count carbs and eat our fruits and veggies, and the more we learn, especially from each other, the less scary it all is. We learn to live with the tiger.

  4. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter September 3, 2011 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    I agree with Natalie: Adrienne’s story seems like mine and like the stories of so many other people on the web who have LADA. Fighting for the antibody test is important because of recent breakthroughs in preserving beta cells.Testing is good , but she’ll probably have to pay for the strips herself and they’re expensive. (Another reason to get the right dx) Too often those with prediabetes or Type 2 are encouraged not to test.(“Look! This was a good #,” they are told by their diabetes team. “Don’t bother for another few months.” Can you imagine if we tested on that basis? Aak!) And after years of reassurance, another failed diabetic joins the fold, but then it’s her fault, right, for not working hard enough to prevent this?

  5. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter September 3, 2011 at 11:30 am | | Reply

    Query: Has anyone actually proved that diabetes can be prevented? Have there been studies following those diagnosed with prediabetes or “a little sugar” who have managed to die of old age (80-90 years) without ever becoming diabetic and that the lack of an outcome resulted from a change in diet or exercise, excluding any medication? I doubt it, because proving a negative is extremely difficult and current studies are all short-term.

  6. Health Blog
    Health Blog September 6, 2011 at 6:39 am | | Reply

    Fasting blood sugar level of 100-126 mg per 100 ml of blood is pre-diabetes and more than 126 mg per 100 ml of blood is diagnosis of diabetes, according to ADA (American Diabetes Association).

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