Tag Archives: Type 1.5 Diabetes

The Older the Better

 

I say Amen to getting diabetes older rather than younger.  In every case.  Less cumulative damage.  Not to mention, it would have been nice to get to adulthood in one piece before diabetes set in.  Instead, I felt like an adult as a child and had to struggle big time through what should have been the “prime” of life. 

It’s never too late to carry the attitude that “now” is one’s prime.  But, I just don’t understand the discussion regarding when it’s best to get type 1.  Obviously, never.  But, after that, I’d say the older the better.  Wouldn’t anyone?  It’s not like type 1 children ever get used to needles.  So that’s no advantage. 

Maybe it varies from case to case and we don’t know if someone benefited until much later.  The “it’s your destiny” thing.

Maybe it’s just pointless to ask this question.

What do you think?

LADA Awareness Week Oct 18-24 2010

 

Sounding the alarm on a different type of diabetes.  Photo courtesy of Paul.
Sounding the alarm on a different type of diabetes. Photo courtesy of Paul.

 

Did you know there might be a type of diabetes more common than type 1 and less common than type 2?  It’s called Diabetes Type 1.5 or LADA which stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.  I actually have an uncle who was diagnosed with this around the age of 40. 

The reason we must make awareness on this issue is that many of these LADA patients are often diagnosed as Type 2 diabetics.  Can you imagine how hard it would be to manage your health without knowing you need insulin all of the time?  It’s definitely a struggle for these types, not to mention they go through life feeling fine and then wham!  Lifestyle habits that have gone on much longer than a child’s when diagnosed with type 1 must suddenly be altered dramatically.  I can only imagine the whirlwind that ensues. 

The real tragedy though is again, not knowing one has this until it’s too late.  So I urge you to learn more about LADA through the following links:  (links take you to LADA related info)

TuDiabetes.Org

Dlife.com

Tell everyone you know!  It’s always better to be aware than to learn a lesson the hard way.