I've recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. Thing is, I don't fit in any classic diabetes categories. By definition I'm a type 1.5, or commonly known as LADA. It starts with type 2 symptoms, but in reality it's the beginning of type 1. Oral medication works initially as the symptoms creep up and worsen gradually, but eventually the pancreas is no longer able to produce any insulin and you become a full fledged type 1 diabetic.
I've been having a hard time connecting with diabetics in online places because I simply don't fit into any single place at this stage. I'm not a type 2 even if my treatment is currently similar, and I'm not a type 1 even if I eventually become insulin dependent. It's frustrating, as most don't understand it, refuse to acknowledge it (there are doctors who refuse to acknowledge it too!) or try to give me advice that simply doesn't work for me. Furthermore it's hard to find people who went through the same thing - it really isn't the same as being fully diagnosed as one or the other and knowing exactly where you're at and what to do.
Are there any others with 1.5 around these parts? What are your experiences with the progress of the condition and the switch from oral meds to insulin? When did you figure out when to switch?
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