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How the heck is my cousin 'in-between' T1 & T2 diabetes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I'm not sure what initially prompted my cousin's recent trip to the ER, where his blood glucose level was found to be over 400mg/dL. All I know now is that he hasn't been properly diagnosed--the doctors and nurses told him they weren't sure what type of diabetes he had and even went so far as to say he could be 'in-between' the types.

I want to eventually recommend a whole foods, paleo-esque, initially low-carb diet to him, but this un-diagnosis makes me a bit uneasy. I'm not extremely knowledgeable in diabetes-related matters, but this just sounds a bit fishy to me. Can anyone offer some semblance of an explanation? Or are his doctors totally full of crap?

Diabetes experts, please take it away!

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I have heard of a person who was admitted to the hospital at 700, after his mother's death. Then later his blood sugar was nearly normal. The body is too complex to make generalization.

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on August 03, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Thank you for the input. All this information about LADA is fascinating! I'll pass this info along to him

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on August 03, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Thank you for the information! I'm definitely going to inquire about LADA, and if I'm not mistaken it can be diagnosed by the presence of autoimmune antibodies. I'm definitely going to pass on your recommendations. I'm hoping he will experience something similar to what you did and take this as an opportunity for positive change.

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on August 03, 2012
at 12:14 PM

No, I was diagnosed at 400 mg/dl too, it's incredibly high, if it gets much over 500 mg/dl you'd likely end up in coma. You only get that high if your endocrine system is broken.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on August 03, 2012
at 12:25 PM

I'm a bog-standard T2 diabetic who was diagnosed at 400 mg/dl. There is a possibility that he could be a late-onset LADA/T1.5 diabetic, but I don't think that they'd be able to tell that without a C-Peptide test that would measure how much insulin he is producing.

At the moment they are just assuming that he "might be" a T1.5 just because his BG is so high.

Either way eaing a low-carb Paleo diet is going to be the best way for him to get this under control.

As a T2 I can keep my BG to properly non-diabetic numbers by eating <25g of carb a day (other T2s do well on up to 120g), with no medication. Even if he ends up on insulin, eating a low-carb diet will help him minimise his insulin usage, and avoid hypos.

I'd recommend this book for a T2: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sugar-101-About-Diabetes/dp/0964711613

and this for a T1 or a T2: http://www.diabetes-book.com/

Diabetes is one of the best things that ever happened to me - it made me sort out my diet and my execise, and 18 months on, I'm healthier, happier, and fitter than ever before.

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on August 03, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Thank you for the information! I'm definitely going to inquire about LADA, and if I'm not mistaken it can be diagnosed by the presence of autoimmune antibodies. I'm definitely going to pass on your recommendations. I'm hoping he will experience something similar to what you did and take this as an opportunity for positive change.

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on August 03, 2012
at 09:15 AM

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on August 03, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Thank you for the input. All this information about LADA is fascinating! I'll pass this info along to him

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:39 AM

In between diabetes is similar to type 1 but later onset.

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34cf7065a6c94062c711eb16c0f6adc3

on August 03, 2012
at 09:56 AM

Could it be a high bg level just because of some major stress? In any case your cousin should monitor his bg levels and eat accordingly. Fat will help. Read http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on August 03, 2012
at 12:14 PM

No, I was diagnosed at 400 mg/dl too, it's incredibly high, if it gets much over 500 mg/dl you'd likely end up in coma. You only get that high if your endocrine system is broken.

34cf7065a6c94062c711eb16c0f6adc3

on August 04, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I have heard of a person who was admitted to the hospital at 700, after his mother's death. Then later his blood sugar was nearly normal. The body is too complex to make generalization.

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