Posted 4/20/2012 8:17 AM (GMT -7)
My son was diagnosed with LADA, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, about 1 and a half years ago. He still has enough beta cell function that he can manage the disease with diet but his endocrinologist gave him slow release insulin to try to preserve more cells. The previous endocrinologist gave him a drug that is know to burn out cells - that doctor never tested him for C-Peptide or antibodies (which he later was positive for). I feel it is important to be very proactive as the doctors seem apathetic and uninformed much of the time.
My son agreed to try LDN and he has not progressed to needing more insulin. LDN is very effective in halting the destruction of autoimmune disease especially Crohn's and MS. Because it is a cheap generic drug, it is very hard to get funding for trials but it has virtually no side effects. LDN increases endorphins which help to regulate the immune system. It increases the regulatory T cells 300%.
Another thing of interest I would like to pass along to people suffering from disease is testing for methyl cyle mutations. One mutation, MTHFR, blocks the absorption of folic acid which is one of the precursors to producing glutathione in the body. This weakens the immune system and makes it hard to detox. It is related to autoimmune diseases. It is also related to autism (inability to detox heavy metals etc), stroke, heart attack (causes hypercoagulation), miscarriages, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines etc. The treatment is so simple that everyone should be aware of it. You simply take methylfolate which your body can assimilate and use. One in four people have this mutation and because we live in such a polluted world, we are the canaries in the coal mine; the ones to get sick first.
There is also a newly discovered pathogen, protomyxzoa, which can also cause type one diabetes if it attacks the pancreas. I have been trying to uncover why my son got this disease and what can be done to help him.
As his mother, it is so hard to just watch and wait for the disease to take it's toll without trying to intervene in some way.