We have all asked ourselves that question.
Some like myself come from a long line of diabetics others get the diagnosis out of the blue with not so much as a basic understanding of the disease.
For 80% of us Type 2’s the answer can be found standing in front of the mirror.
30% of the population is at “high risk” without knowing. 1 in 3 of those WILL be diagnosed.
Some look for excuses, I have NONE.
I knew my risk was astronomical. For my 40th Birthday I got a present - a 97% chance of… read more
Mom, grandmother, brothers all have diabetes
I was so young when I started having issues and was underweight. I guess if I could go back and change one thing since my DNA is what it is...lots of thin people in my family with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. I would have eaten breakfast and wish my parents had of gotten me tested when I was fainting at school but they were not bad it just was not common to take children to the doctor as much as today....Maybe I could not avoid the diagnosis but if I could change what I did afterwards I would have eaten less carbs and later when I became a single parent less working so many shifts at all hours.
I asked why I became a T1D and got told that sadly its hidden in my genes that something just triggered it to turn on and poof my body started attacking itself (and hasn't stopped, since once you have one autoimmune condition others soon will follow). Wish it was as simple as be more active, eat healthy, etc. But that was never my option I never could have stopped myself from becoming a T1 diabetic nor will I ever be not dependent on insulin until an actual cure is found, best I can do is try to keep up with my body fails and fight daily to live.
There are too many diabetics in my family for me to avoid it. It's on both sides of my family and both T1 and T2. So, I've known it was when, not if, I would get it. The only unknown variable was which type.
I was able to delay it for 30 years by changing my diet, doing it in baby steps. This meant that I waited until the "adjusted normal" became habit before making another change. The final dietary tweaks couldn't come until I knew T1 or T2. Now I know and have adjusted for it.
Centenarians. No one had Diabetes. I have forced to admit from Stress in North America Life. I do take medications. Sudden death tragedies trigger pancreatic attack that is so far has been found to be irreversible, transplant might. Anyway, be happy modern technology does extend life.
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