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Hi, YMA611,

What almonkey describes as Type1.5 fits me to a 'T'. I was (in retrospect), Hypoglycemic for years, started being treated for Type2 after a round of Prednizone blurred my vision and tests were done and determined insulin resistant, then for a year and a half of ever incresing meds till I was eventually on maximum dose, triple therapy (Metformin, Glyburide, Avandia, Avandamet), to eventually being diagnosed as Type1 Jan 2005, with 5 shots/day "intensive therapy".

Two years ago, at time of Type2 diagnoses, I was 5 lbs underweight at 110 and my A1C was 10%. At the time of Type1 diagnoses, I was 93 lbs and was suffering extreme symtoms of being hyper all the time. I was in rough shape by the time I started on insulin and my A1c was over 14%. I've not had cholesterol 'issues' until recently, have always been active all my life, have normal-low blood pressure and will be 38 years old this Sept.

Both my Grandmothers were treated for Type2 diabetes very late in their life and lived to 94 and 89 respectively. The 94 year old had always been overweight (100 lbs) and the other suffered progressive loss of sight (due to botched cataract surgery at 68). None of her 149 offspring have Type1 except me and only 2 of the older ones have recently started on Type2 meds and lifestyle changes.

I was told that I was probably genetically predisposed to diabetes (Gramas), but that the very nasty flu that put me out of commission for almost 3 weeks a few years ago, was probably what kickstarted my immune system into attacking my pancreatic cells - just as almonkey describes.

The great news (other than your fantastic numbers - way to go!), is that you seem to be pretty informed about diabetes or at least aware of it's signs, symtoms, etc. You also are on top of things with your regular testing so you'll be able to catch if things start changing much faster than those who aren't aware or were too ignorant of what diabetes really is to make the necessary steps to a better life (stupid me :-)

I do believe that the Type2 (important to make this distinction) diabetes epidemic here in North America, is largely due to our lifestyles - it's like a badge of honour to be "so busy" all the time. We need faster cars, faster foods, faster computers, etc. What are we racing towards? Hmmmm....methinks and early death. Time to slow down and smell the roses (or eat the carrots :-)

Sorry to ramble on so long but I hope my story might help with some perspective.

Cheers and good health,
- Vikingirl