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GAD results received omg!

Discussion in 'Type 1.5/LADA Diabetes' started by GuidingSenses, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. GuidingSenses

    GuidingSenses · Well-Known Member

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    One week in to my new insulin regime. Nurse rang with weekly catch up and GAD results saying normal is 0-5 and I am 2000!! I’m like jeez! So I’m definitely T1 at age of 58 and insulin dependent. However she didn’t explain what that high GAD means?
     
  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    It doesn't make much of a difference, as far as medical science knows at the moment. The important part is positive or negative, and being clearly positive you have a clear diagnosis now.

    How do you feel about it?
     
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    h884 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi GuidingSenses

    I know the feeling I got my GAD results just over a year ago. Mine were over 750. I am a few years older than you. I was shocked but in some ways but as Anjte77 commented it gave a clear diagnosis.

    Give it time to sink in.

    Take care
     
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  4. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    A high GAD just means that you have GAD antibodies present and they will have destroyed your beta cells hence no insulin.
     
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  5. GuidingSenses

    GuidingSenses · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for this. It’s not sunk in really yet pleased it’s black and white now. If I can manage it and not put on any more weight (as I had lost 3 stone) yet I’ve put on 7 pounds this last week.
    So I’m not producing insulin suddenly at this age? I got diagnosed coeliac only 2 years ago too and the nurse said a traumatic experience can bring these auto immune disorders out! Yes I lost mum a few years ago so that could be the trauma. Anyone else had similar?
     
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    Waterfall 888 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    That's interesting. The nurse asked me the same thing. I also lost my mum 3 years ago so that could be a trigger. I think the menopause was another factor. Good luck on your journey and be kind to yourself.
     
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    Swillbos LADA · Member

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    Welcome to the club! I was re-diagnosed as LADA last year at the age of 57, this was after seven years thinking I was type 2: islet cells positive for antibodies, GAD>2,000, HBA1c of 107. My consultant told me this very high level of GAD is often associated with autoimmune disease, in my case longstanding thyroid disease. No particular trauma in my case that I can think of though
     
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    h884 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For me I have 3 other long standing autoimmune conditions and a family history of Type 1. No particular stressful event that I am aware of.

    Hope you are slowly getting used to your new routines
     
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    Sgathach LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Recently diagnosed at 33 too, completely fit and healthy before, no specifically traumatising event - seems to just happen sometimes.
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Note that LADA can be caused by viruses as well as inherent autoimmune conditions. I suspect that was the cause of my beta cell loss and I know a colleague who had a virus affecting the liver which triggered pancreatic problems. This is one reason why many LADAs have a negative GAD as that isn't necessarily the cause.
     
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    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 43. No other autoimmune conditions and none in the family. I did a session with a nurse who was running a trial on genetic indicators and had to answer a questionnaire about illnesses I'd had in recent years - nothing more than a cold. Also no traumatic events. So a bit of a mystery really.

    My hba1c on diagnosis was 147 and GAD antibodies were around your level. 3 years later and my pancreas is still occasionally spluttering into life and I get the odd week where I have to dial back massively on my insulin requirements.

    Apparently its getting a lot more common in adults >40 but no one really understands why.
     
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  12. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    I think it has always been fairly common in adults but GPs automatically labelled it T2 as mine did. It's only fairly recently that the two tests GAD and C-Peptide have been available anyway so people like me are called 'slim-T2s'. I did have a C-peptide done privately so I know my insulin is low.
     
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