Mike Durbin

Patient Leader

Mike was originally diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on December 29, 2008 at the age of 24 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure one day later. His father died of a heart attack seven months before Mike received his diagnoses and posted that he was initially convinced he would “meet the same fate.” After his diagnoses, Mike followed a strict diet and lost 40 pounds. However, he felt deprived of food and decided to forgo his diet; instead, opting to eat healthy and consuming less healthy foods in moderation instead. Mike has tried several oral medications with limited success and switched to injectables. He is currently using Trulicity once a week, Lantus at night and Humalog for meals. He also takes Farxiga. On January 25, 2016, Mike met with a new endocrinologist. During that visit, the doctor reviewed recent test results that indicated Mike was positive for GAD65 antibodies associated with type 1 diabetes, as well as insulin resistance associated with type 2. In reviewing his medical records, the doctor found test results that indicated that the GAD65 antibodies were present at the time of Mike’s original diagnosis. This troubling finding suggested that Mike had been misdiagnosed. The endocrinologist believed that Mike was actually dealing with LADA or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults. After more tests were done to confirm the suspicions, Mike’s diagnosis was officially changed to LADA on April 21, 2016. While his diabetes label may have changed, Mike’s desire to help people living with all types of diabetes has not waned. If anything, the change is motivation to do more to ensure people are receiving a correct diagnosis and proper education and treatment that meets the individual’s needs. Mike is passionate about advocacy and is a member of Diabetes Advocates and the Diabetic Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF). He was nominated as a type 2 diabetes activist of the day by WEGO Health in December 2014. He has been a contributor to the blog The T2 Experience and has been featured in USA Today and Diabetic Living Magazine, among other outlets. Through his blog, My Diabetic Heart, he hopes to show people that “there is great life after diagnosis.”

Location

Fort Wayne, IN

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

I met Mike two years ago at a conference. He opened conversations that I had never had before. Mike shares so much of himself. He is always encouraging his friends to become more involved in managing their health. Mike is fearless in his advocacy for both diabetics and heart failure. I am in much better health due to Mike's advocacy.  — Audra

Past Awards Participation

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Patient Leader Hero

Finalist

Best Kept Secret
Mike Durbin

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