Hi Scaredy Cat - As I'm sure you know, everyone is different when it comes to the 'D' but, a few things to watch for in hubby that may signal final beta cell depletion: fast drop in weight, increased thirst and urination, tire/fatigued all the time, and of course BGL readings.
In my case, I hummed along for a while then all of a sudden the 10 pound loss in 3 days, the extreme fatigue, and blurred vision... saw me in the doc's office the next day and starting insulin. The length of time differs for us all but just know that with LADA, the change can be quite sudden so, he needs to keep regularly checking the BGLs to avoid the emergency room.
His regular 3-month lab tests should also help keep an eye on things. His post prandial BGL tests will also show if he's struggling to metabolize food and may signal a need to change diet (lower carb) and or start adding a fast acting insulin with meals.
Glad to share if there are questions
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
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