My daughter was diagnosed today with diabetes.....

By JenOliver Latest Reply 2015-04-03 14:52:14 -0500
Started 2015-04-01 10:06:25 -0500

My daughter who is 26 and pretty thin was diagnosed today with an A1c of 8.8 and a fasting glucose of 136. Her doctor didn't specify if it was Type 1 or Type 2, but from reading on the internet, it looks like it is most likely Type 2. She had a normal glucose reading in late December, so to me this seems like sudden onset. Her doctor has prescribed Metformin 500mg for now with plans to increase to 1000mg eventually. She is the first person in our family to be diagnosed with this that I am aware of. I suppose I was wondering if anyone could give me any direction on if the seems to be Type 1 or Type 2. Thank you!!!

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-04-03 14:52:14 -0500 Report

That can be determined with a blood test. That is how mine was determined. Since she is on Metformin the odds are she is Type 2. I take 500 mg once a day. By the way just because a person is thin does not mean they won't get diabetes.

Mando_Lynn 2015-04-01 19:19:25 -0500 Report

If she had a normal glucose reading in December, that likely didn't ring any alarm bells to make them do an a1c at that time. You can still have normal fasting readings with diabetes. Who knows how long I was actually diabetic before I got diagnosed. My only risk factor was parents with it. But because I was thin, active and young my docs never did an a1c. They all said "well you don't look diabetic". And since I usually did my yearly physical in the morning, no wonky readings. Finally last year I got sick for the first time in my life. Went to the doc after school one day. Blood sugar was 180. A1c 6.5. Diabetes.

Your daughter might have been diabetic for a while just not noticed yet.

Type1Lou 2015-04-01 16:11:15 -0500 Report

There is a blood test that will indicate whether your daughter is still producing any insulin; it is a test for C-peptide levels. If she is producing insulin but has become resistant or is not producing enough, she falls into the Type 2 category. If she no longer produces insulin naturally, she is a Type 1. I was diagnosed at age 27 as a Type 1. I had lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks going from 120 to 107 and was excessively thirsty and urinating frequently…all classic symptoms of diabetes. Because Metformin was prescribed, I would guess that her doctor feels she is a Type 2. Whether Type 1 or Type 2, reducing the amount of carbohydrates eaten should improve blood glucose levels. Diabetes can be well managed with the right medical team and by making the right decisions about diet and exercise.

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