The Problem

It is time that the full scope of Type 1 diabetes is acknowledged, which includes millions of adults who are too frequently misdiagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes, an altogether different disease.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dr. Google to the Rescue


Recently, I was at a party, when a person who works in the medical field, who I just met, disparaged “Dr. Google.”  I paused for a moment, took a deep breath, then spoke up.  I explained that I do advocacy on behalf of people with adult-onset Type 1 diabetes who are misdiagnosed by medical doctors as having Type 2 diabetes, an altogether different disease.  I explained that many if not most people with adult-onset Type 1 diabetes are misdiagnosed, as I was.  I told her that I was hospitalized in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), my life was saved, and then an endocrinologist took me off of IV insulin, the hospital paperwork indicated “Type 2 diabetes,” and I was sent home with a prescription for Type 2 meds (glyburide).  I said that for this group of people who are misdiagnosed, Dr. Google is what will save them.  If they get online and do some research, they will come across Facebook Groups (LADA Support Groups) and TuDiabetes.org (founded by Manny Hernandez, who was misdiagnosed), where people will assist them with information about autoantibody testing, which is used to distinguish between autoimmune diabetes (Type 1) and non-autoimmune diabetes (Type 2 and others).  This medical community person did in fact change her tune, and agreed that for some cases, Dr. Google really can make a difference and in fact can be life-saving.

3 comments:

  1. I believe Dr. Google both helps patients and generates business for doctors. I mean until Dr. Google can write prescriptions I think the medical profession will be OK.

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    1. Ah yes, Rick, but the prescription written by the doctor will be for INSULIN for Type 1 diabetes. But you of course are so right!!! Thanks.

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