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!
asked byMick_Jagger (405)
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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.
on August 03, 2012
at 09:15 AM
Perhaps type 1.5 diabetes? http://forecast.diabetes.org/magazine/features/other-diabetes-lada-or-type-15
on January 04, 2013
at 01:39 AM
In between diabetes is similar to type 1 but later onset.