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  1. Natalie
    Natalie October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    According to your description, Paul doesn’t have LADA; he has a clear-cut case of classic Type 1, because he was acutely symptomatic. Classic Type 1 can happen at any age. Just being an adult at diagnosis doesn’t mean LADA. LADA is slow-onset auto-immune diabetes that is usually mistaken for Type 2 in the beginning, because the person doesn’t have any dramatic symptoms, and many are given metformin and/or sulfonylureas, and manage to function for months or even years.

    The only reason I bring this up is that it’s important to get the word out about LADA. Too many people suffer for too long, because doctors don’t even think to do the blood tests that can differentiate LADA from Type 2. With classic Type 1, impending or frank DKA make it obvious, but with LADA, the road to accurate diagnosis and treatment is tortuous (AND tortuRous).

    Please help cultivate awareness and appropriate treatment for LADA!

  2. AmyT
    AmyT October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | | Reply

    @Natalie – personally, I’m kind of tired of the debates over the definition of LADA. Please see this post for details:

    http://www.diabetesmine.com/2010/09/my-own-definition-of-lada.html

  3. Jim
    Jim October 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm | | Reply

    Great article. It’s always good to see a top flight athlete with T-1 do well despite all the challenges.
    I’ve had T-1 for over 25 years and have no complications. I attribute that to working out hard at least 5 times a week (and not going crazy with food).
    Exercise Exercise Exercise.

  4. Elaine Miller
    Elaine Miller October 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm | | Reply

    Like most challenges in life, attitude is 95% of what gets you through. Great attitude Paul. Keep enjoying life and all the waves it brings you!

  5. David Parker
    David Parker January 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm | | Reply

    Great story of inner strength, finding this article has been a great read as I’ve not met or heard any storys so similar to my own well done Paul ! I was diagnosed type1diabetic at 34 and it does come as a shock when you are fit and healthy, cycling and general fitness training was my thing before diagnosis but now I do distance cycling and obstacle type races / running events so like Jim I eat seriously well and train at least 5 times a week so despite being T1 I feel at 36 I’m in the best shape of my life ! Team type 1 !

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