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Update on Underweight Diabetic

A short time ago I wrote about being an underweight Type 2 diabetic who was diagnosed at the age of 66.  A month or so ago, I decided to get a "second opinion" and I was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults or LADA.  This is also referred to as Type 1.5.  I would encourage anyone who does not fit the "Type 2 diabetic" profile to consider seeking another medical opinion.
posted Jul 1, 2017 in Conversation by jcorlette (170 points)
retagged Jul 3, 2017 by KarenG

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So sorry to hear about your misdiagnosis.  Unfortunately I think this is fairly common.  Adult showing symptoms of diabetes often automatically get diagnosed as Type 2 without any tests being run to determine which type they have.

I'd suggest than any adult who is diagnosed with Type 2 should request to have one of the tests mentioned in this article from Diabetes Forecast http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2015/sep-oct/tests-to-determine-diabetes.html

answered Jul 3, 2017 by KarenG (16,350 points)
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When I was diagnosed 20 years ago I was also underweight and diagnosed as a type 2.  When I was finally sent to an endocrinologist because they could not find away to control my blood sugar they discovered I was type 1.  He said quite a few of his older patients like me were misdiagnosed.
answered Jul 5, 2017 by Pump1fun (1,770 points)
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Good on you  for recognizing something wasn't right and finding someone to diagnose you correctly.  I am not sure why a C-peptide and GAD test aren't automatically pulled when they diagnose, but I see far too many in support groups just like you who get misdiagnosed at type 2.
answered Jul 11, 2017 by anonymous
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My situation was the same as yours, diagnosed at age 59 as Type 2--on oral meds--my numbers continued to go up--ate less--worked more--lost down to 120 from 136--was under the care of my Primary Care Physician. After hearing an Endocrinologist speak at our local hospital I decided to get an appointment with him. He did blood work and said I was LADA and started me on Insulin--BEST thing ever!!! Had a pancreas test done a little later and found out that I was no longer able to produce any Insulin.  I would suggest to anyone who 'thinks' their diagnoses does not fit the normal pattern to do as much research as possible and get to a Endo ASAP !! You are in 'charge' of this disease.  Good luck and 'take one day at a time."
answered Jul 12, 2017 by pecan pie (1,060 points)
I was diagnosed by a hospitalist as having type 2 when I was 20 years old and weighed 115lbs. I started Metformin and low-carb diet -- my numbers were always high. I still felt sick -- I got insurance and a friend who is a PA (Physician assistant) told me to ask for a C-peptide test b/c of all this. Sure enough!!!! I was a TYPE 1 and started insulin soon after. Bc of this, I think any new diagnosis should get the C peptide test.. I have now been using Novolog for 6 years.
answered Jul 13, 2017 by Cweems89 (450 points)