It’s not something I talk about much on my blog, but my hubby has Diabetes. He was diagnosed a couple of years back now, and doesn’t have either of the typical forms – he has Type 1.5 Diabetes (sometimes called LADA – short for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults). It’s worth noting that Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle – it just happens. In contrast, Type 2 diabetes tends to be linked with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Type 1.5 Diabetes

Before I continue, I want to say I am not an expert, or a professional. I am just documenting my take on my husband’s experiences of Type 1.5 Diabetes. Hubby was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when he was 36. Almost a year later, he began feeling really poorly. He complained of dizziness, light headedness and exhaustion. He didn’t have a particularly unhealthy diet, and was getting more exercise than he had in the 7 years we’d been together.

Diagnosis

When the GP diagnosed his with Diabetes, we were both completely shocked and didn’t know what to say. The blood results spoke for themselves though. Hubby was told that he definitely didn’t fit the profile for Type 2 Diabetes as he didn’t drink alcohol, and while he was a little overweight, his diet and lifestyle didn’t fit that type. That said, he didn’t fit the Type 1 profile either, so he was told Type 1.5 Diabetes (which is an unofficial term) was the best way to describe him.

Type 1.5 Diabetes - check blood sugar levels

Adjusting

Hubby did a LOT of research and immediately began eating an extremely low carb / low sugar diet. The weight fell off him, and his sugar levels dropped massively. He was checking his glucose levels 4 times a day to begin with, and this diet definitely helped stabilise his levels within the normal range. Hubby’s GP was shocked at how he’d managed to get his levels back into the “normal” range without medication. Hubby still has a lot of symptoms though – he’s always exhausted and thirsty.

Complications Of Type 1.5 Diabetes

Diabetes is a dangerous lifelong condition. Despite hubby’s blood sugar levels being under control, he’s still got to be very careful when it comes to taking care of his eyes, feet and his blood sugars.

His GP is always warning him that his Blood Pressure is too high. This isn’t something hubby can easily fix though – he’s a self employed special needs Dad. He feels under pressure all of the time. We’ve made quite a few lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of stress he’s under, but I’m still hyper vigilant. Every single scratch or mark on his legs, I am nagging him to make sure he’s telling his diabetes nurse about the changes. I’m forever telling him to try wearing some compression socks to improve circulation in his legs too.

Type 1.5 diabetes - finger prick test

Hubby’s recent diabetic eye test has shown some signs of change, so he’s been referred to the eye hospital for a full investigation. I am also forever nagging hubby to make sure he’s wearing shoes which fit properly and are comfortable. Not the really tight converse he loves.

Knowledge

Before hubby was diagnosed, we knew literally nothing about Diabetes. My entire experience of it was one of my classmates having Type 1 when I was in school. I’d seen him eat the odd bar of chocolate in class, and test his levels before lunch time, but that was it. The past 2 years have been a steep learning curve, and I definitely have lots more to learn yet.

Finally, if you or someone you love has just been diagnosed, try to take a breath and feel reassured that it’s not the end of the world. Our lives have changed massively, but we still have plenty of good times. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my Health category?

 

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