Hi my name's Tanya, I am 25 yrs old. 5'5 and 100lbs. (not your typical diabetic)
Over the past three months i have been put on glyburide, metformin and now avandia has been added to the mix. I went to talk to a diabetes nurse and dietician yesterday @ the hospital,
They believe that i could be a type 1 or a type 1.5 because of my weight and age and my slow progress w/ the meds. They also think that the meds i am on are useless because they are made for overweight diabetics and that i would benefit more from insulin treeatments. In that way I could eat more of what I want and gain some healthy weight. I also heard that in my last lab test i had moderate ketones in my urine, don't those only show up in type 1 diabetics?
I am stil gonna continue on my meds, give them some time, as i want to avoid injections of any sort. The nurse also thinks that my pancreas will eventually stop producing insulin, leading to me taking insulin. If anyone has any advice or knows what i'm going through i would would appreciate any feedback.
Take Care everybody!
I can't reiterate strongly enough to talk to your doctor about Byetta. I was in the same place you are now. Not a diabetic profile at all, no high blood pressure, no overweight tendencies, no high cholesteral, just runaway high blood sugar and the meds were maxed out. Now a misconception is that the meds you are on are for overweight people. They are for DIABETICS!!! One pill stimulates your pancreas to release more insulin and the avandia is a new class of drugs that works to break down your insulin resistence.
Again, been there done that! I was taking 2000mg of metformin a day, 16 mg of Avandia and 20mg of glipizide and they weren't working!!!! I've lost the avandia, cut the metformin to 1/4 the dose and halved the glipizide by using Byetta and my numbers are lower than they've ever been. The lizard spit is pretty dramatic stuff.
LADA(Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) presents as type 2 diabetes,but is actually a slowly progressive form of type 1 diabetes,eventually requiring full insulin replacement.Byetta is helpful only in the honeymoon phase,but is not a replacement for insulin!
Re reading Tanya's original post her doctors suspect she may be type 1.5 due to her slow response to the meds. They don't know for sure and to start insulin therapy and simply let the beta cell function die without trying to save it seems a bit irresponsible to me.