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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/11/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm jumping over from the Anxiety/Panic forums, and since this is my first time @ diabetes, thought I'd better start a new post.  I am actually wanting to respond re: how to get loved ones to check thier levels.  My husband was diagnosed with LADA almost a year ago.  (This is a late-onset type I-we are 40 yrs.)  So far he is checking his blood 3x a day, and getting by with one long acting injection of Lantus (insulin)  He is still in that "honeymoon period" as his endo calls it, and has a false sense of security I think.  I often have to remind him to check levels, or take along a snack for an extended trip.  Just yesteday, he was leaving for a "guys" camping trip weekend, and was going to leave his insulin vial in the medicine cabinet!  I asked him how he thought he was going to do without it 300+ miles away, in the mountains nono    I have tried the hard *** approach (and will continue to do so, if he is for example going to be driving w/ our daughter)  regarding the importance of watching high/low levels, but ultimately, it is the individual's responsibility.  fortunately his levels have been pretty consistent, and he is doing pretty well with his diet and exercise.  When his pancreatic function is completely gone though... Well I may be visiting this board with more frequency shocked   I wish all of you well, and I'm sure we'll be talking more in the future.
Take Care,
Scaredy Cat

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/11/2010 10:12:22 AM (GMT-6)

Lanie G
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   Posted 9/11/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Scaredy Cat.  There seem to be more and more people diagnosed with LADA now, or is it that doctors are putting a name on it whereas before they were just hard-to-control diabetics.  Your husband is lucky that you are there to help him.  He's welcome to come on here and join the group, especially if he has questions.  :-)

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

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   Posted 9/12/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
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"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I will definately be around-this looks like a great place for info and support!! I will encourage hubby too (although in truth, it'll probably just be me) Thanks for the heads up re: beta cell depletion. Sounds exactly like the onset symptoms, so we will keep and eye on that. Next step is getting him to get his flu shot. He obviously isn't afraid of needles...just doesn't think that it is necessary to have one nono
Hope you are all well,
Scaredy Cat
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