Is it type two or type one diabetes?

Posted by dorisena @dorisena, Nov 14, 2020

I have monitored my son's eating and even had home cooked lunches together for a couple of months but his blood sugar numbers are over 200 in the morning, despite taking Metformin. After reading about type one diabetes, I wonder if he was misdiagnosed, as he has been working on this for a number of years and is not getting any better. He is 63 now and says he gets the shakes if he eats less, which confuses me. I suspect he needs to be on insulin and he needs to talk to his doctor again, as he is a former paramedic and knows the seriousness of his condition. He went through surgery and treatment for prostate cancer and is now cancer free at this time. He is very experienced at his treatment and knows it is not working well. I urged him to get re-evaluated and see an endocrinologist as soon as possible. Today I noticed the decline in his health and am quite concerned. Dorisena

Dorisena: Your thoughts and suggestions are right on! See an Endocrinologist that is experienced and has dealt with numerous diabetic patients. "One size does not fit all" with this disease. As a very good Endo of mine said, "It is a very squirelly disease" and that is an understatement! "The Dawn effect" , a well known term in diabetic parlance elevates morning blood sugar numbers. Insulin can and will address that. Leof

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I was first diagnosed as type 2 because of my age and body makeup. Treated with metformin, exercise, etc for about 6 months without any results. Lost about 25 pounds. My doctor did a blood test for type 1 and discovered I was really type 1. I was 65 years old. He turned me over to an endo doctor to start treatment. I’m doing well now! Good luck.

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@khk

I was first diagnosed as type 2 because of my age and body makeup. Treated with metformin, exercise, etc for about 6 months without any results. Lost about 25 pounds. My doctor did a blood test for type 1 and discovered I was really type 1. I was 65 years old. He turned me over to an endo doctor to start treatment. I’m doing well now! Good luck.

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That is interesting that you were diagnosed with Type I as an adult, @khk. Are you now taking insulin?

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Thanks so much for letting us know. If your pancreas is not producing insulin, then you are in trouble. It makes sense to me that an older body could quit working correctly. Obviously, childhood diabetes isn't happening because of age, but because something has shut down a body function. Dorisena

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@hopeful33250

That is interesting that you were diagnosed with Type I as an adult, @khk. Are you now taking insulin?

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Oh yes! I take Humalog and Tresiba. I also have a Freestyle Libre2.

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@khk

Oh yes! I take Humalog and Tresiba. I also have a Freestyle Libre2.

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That sounds good, @khk. I'm supposing that one of those is long-lasting and the other is short-acting?

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Yes. Humalog for meals and Tresiba at night that’s long acting.

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@khk

I was first diagnosed as type 2 because of my age and body makeup. Treated with metformin, exercise, etc for about 6 months without any results. Lost about 25 pounds. My doctor did a blood test for type 1 and discovered I was really type 1. I was 65 years old. He turned me over to an endo doctor to start treatment. I’m doing well now! Good luck.

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The exact same thing happened to me 3 years ago when I was 58

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When I was 58 I was very sick and diagnosed as type 2 and grew sicker and lost a lot of weight. I went to Mayo Clinic and my doctor immediately suspected I was type 1 and tested me and sure enough I was. Sending prayers for your son please inquire about the special test for type 1.

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Thanks so much for letting me know there is a test. I will encourage my son to get the test and see an endocrinologist. Dorisena

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@chriskc

The exact same thing happened to me 3 years ago when I was 58

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I was 65 when finally diagnosed !

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type 2

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how do I go about my diet ? do I just throw everything away in the cabinets and start over? my doc just gave me pills no diet plan or anything

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@jlwade

how do I go about my diet ? do I just throw everything away in the cabinets and start over? my doc just gave me pills no diet plan or anything

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Get on your computer and you will find lists of foods for a low glycemic diet. Study the glycemic index and pick those choices you like with the lowest numbers. Eat regularly by the clock. The only big no no is to not eat a snack that is sweet on an empty stomach.
Eat balanced meals that have protein,, veggies, fruit, and maybe a little grains. Try new foods. Read every box and throw out the ones that have more than 15 or 20 grams of carbs per serving. Learn to count carbs and limit yourself gradually so you still enjoy eating.
Have one piece of birthday cake and send the leftovers away. Only have one birthday a year! My funny! Ask your doctor what limit he recommends on carbs per day. If he doesn't answer, ask to be sent to a nutritionist who has all the right advice for you. Pills do not cure diabetes by themselves. The best no sugar food is your friend. Let us know what new food you discovered that you enjoy. There is plenty out there you haven't tried yet, I'm sure. Try to forget your grandmother's cooking except at Thanksgiving. Doris

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