Type 1 1/2 diabetes LADA

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-02-18 21:02:53 -0600
Started 2015-02-15 07:38:27 -0600

You can be type 2 and type 1 1/2 at the same time. If you are over weight, you can be insulin resistant (type 2). If you follow a low carb diet and lose weight, your blood sugar will go back to normal as long as you stay on a low carb diet. However if you are on a low carb diet and normal weight and blood sugar is still too high you are still type 1 1/2. This has been my experience. I take long acting insulin once a day to cover the small amount of carbs I eat in fruits and vegetables.
It isn't always type I 1/2 or type 2, it can be both at the same time. The key to finding out is
a low carbohydrate diet, lose weight and see what is left.

6 replies

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-16 18:26:53 -0600 Report

Type 1.5 is auto immune…you either have an auto immune deficiency or you don't…if your auto immune system is normal..then you can not have it…type 2 is from insulin resistance which is a completely different issue..most of the time it is brought on by decades of eating too many carbs both unrefined and refined…Is it theoretically possible to be developing both kinds at the same time…probably..but I would think it is very rare…Type 1.5 can be very easily mistaken for type 2…a simple test given at diagnosis would clear up this problem.. I am very very very sure that many people who believe they are type two and need insulin are just misdiagnosed and never had type two…which explain why some "type 2s" still require insulin even after cutting down drastically on their carbs…

RosalieM 2015-02-17 15:39:55 -0600 Report

Hi Jibber,
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I lost 55 lbs, and my blood sugar should have gone to normal as I was normal weight and very active. However it did not go to normal. Metformin did not bring it down either.
I was type 1 1/2. Most type two diabetics start out with metabolic syndrome.
High blood pressure, high triglycerides, cholesterol and over weight.
I had the 55 lbs, but no metabolic syndrome. I have come to think, but cannot prove, that one can wear their pancreas out so it cannot produce at full tilt any more. I followed the American Heart Association when they preached "don't eat fat eat carbs" This is when the cholesterol craze started. I ate so little fat, that my hair was dry and skin was dry and I gained 55 lbs in spite of being very active. I think I pumped so much
insulin, that my pancreas couldn't handle it all any more. This is common in old age too. Many older diabetics are slim. Type I is an auto immune disease for sure. If one is type 1 1/2 why does the auto immune disease stop and not go all the way? I suspect, but can't prove either, that one can start out as type 2 and end up at 1 1/2. More research is needed.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 21:02:53 -0600 Report

It is my understanding that it just takes much longer to develop…it just doesn't start and you get sick..It can take decades to develop much like type 2…why this is..I don't know..

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-17 10:18:30 -0600 Report

Thank you for the explanation. Have a lot to discuss with my new doctor and hopefully get me back into normal levels. After eating low carb for at least 5 or 6 weeks my fasting is still in 125-140, and during the day has dropped to as low as 104, but averages in 110's. But I'm not giving up.

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