Type 2 turning to Type 1 ?

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Irish Babe
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   Posted 2/7/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I usually post over in fibro, but I have a ? re: Diabetes. My DH was dx w/ T2 in '83 after feeling sick, sweating, dizzy, etc. The dr. put him on Diabenese. He is a long drink of water, tall & lanky. Early in '84, he was getting headaches, blurry vision, etc. went to dr. He was sent to neurologist, they found nothing wrong.  It got worse, finally after all the testing, they determined his #s were way too high. He went into hospital for close to 2 wks. He was told he had T1! The dr. said between '83 & '84 was a "Honeymoon" period.  He has had problems w/ toe, feet, kidney stones, rashes that refuse to go away. My DH served in Viet Nam and transported Agent Orange. My ? is this, Can T2 turn to T1, or is the "Honeymoon" just a CYA move by dr? I have heard that the VA agrees that AO can cause T2, but not T1.  My brother and DH's brother also served in VN, and were in areas w/ AO, my bro has T2 for about 20 yrs., my BIL does not have Diabetes, but he does have a bunch of other problems. I know you may not be familiar w/ military stuff, but I am so confused by that "Honeymoon" stuff. If anyone can give me some info on that I would really appreciate it. Thank you. Hope you all have a good evening.  God bless.  Alice. 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Your hubby may have what is called LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults). We have members here with this condition. The doctor is not covering anything. The "honeymoon" aspect of this disease is often very puzzling for doctors because after a while Type2 patients with this condition do not do well no matter how well they follow their food plan or med regimen. This is because their body has slowly destroyed the Islets of Langerhans that produce insulin in the body. So over a period of time they change from a person who can be careful of their diet and exercise to a person who must have insulin several times a day.

Along with Lupus, Crohns Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, LADA and other autoimmune diseases are not fully understood. For some reason the body gets overzealous in it's reaction to something and turns on itself, kind of like your favorite dog turning and biting you. Doesn't make sense, but it happens. Check and see if he is a candidate for an insulin pump. It might make life a lot easier. Good luck with this.
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 2/8/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, thank you for getting back to me, I figured if anybody knew about this - it would be you. Now that we have some info on this, it gives us an area to research. I do appreciate your help in this matter.  God bless.  Alice.
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