|AthenaDiagnostics MODY Report|
So how do I feel about this result? I have to say, I'm still not sure. When I had the antibody tests for Type 1 diabetes I went through the same sort of thing. A positive antibody test would have given me a specific diagnosis with an identified course of treatment. And it would have also changed the way I identify myself. This will take me some time to process. And I've felt diabetes diagnosis for a long-time has been really messed up. Researchers have identified numerous defects associated with diabetes. Everyone readily admits that Type 2 diabetes is highly heterogeneous (having many kinds). And even Type 1 is heterogeneous. And my endo still continues to call me an "Ideopathic Type 1." Dr. Bill Quick has commented on ideopathic type 1 and the rather vague nature of the description. There are just very poor clinical diagnostic tools for diagnosis. And I am personally a bit torn about being put in this ideopathic Type 1 category. Given the way that diabetes is diagnosed, Type 2 diabetes is a diagnosis of exclusion. It seems like just another game to create a category of Type 1 diabetes which is yet another diagnosis of exclusion in a way that can't be differentiated from Type 2. But my endo has a reason for this. As a Type 2, I can be denied treatment simply because of the label. I can be denied insulin, insulin pumps and CGMS. So it is in my best interest to be labelled in this way. So I've learned that I do not have autoimmune T1 and I don't have MODY. And although my endo has given me a label of ideopathic Type 1 playing on the confused morass of diabetes diagnosis, I still consider myself a Type 2. I have Type 2.