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How Surprised And How Prepared Were You For Your Diabetes Diagnosis?

How Surprised And How Prepared Were You For Your Diabetes Diagnosis?

Ya, I know I already posted today πŸ˜€

It has been a long day and have been stuck mostly inside because adding "frostbite" to my lot in life is somewhat less than appealing 🀣

So rather then my typical posts I'm going to get a little personal and invite others to "pile on" if they want to tell about their experience or just vent at getting tackled by the Beast without warning.

I grew up in the north end of Toronto, Canada's largest city. In fact when I was born the "township" wasn't even legally… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Agree @A DiabetesTeam Member that even at present Type 2 is seen as one of those diseases, like lung cancer in a smokers as the "patients own fault".

They "must" have followed a crappy lifestyle and ate total crap or they wouldn't have Diabetes IS the prevalent belief.

I have personally heard that comment a number of times when I have informed a Dentist or some other professional (that needed that information for some kind of history).

Many have said "You don't look like a Diabetic" and it's safe to assume they are basing that on the only real (trait) that is visually evident - I am nowhere near overweight - I'm 6'1" tall, weigh right on 170 lbs so my BMI is in the lower 20's (22.8).

Our society equates Diabetes, at least Type 2 with being Overweight or more specifically Obese.

But given that even diabetics themselves are more than "poorly educated" in their own disease and the overwhelming majority don't even want to know - they simply want the Doc to write a script and make it go away without them having to lift a finger to help themselves, it is tough to call out the "wider society" for their preconceptions.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hi guys,
Since both parents passed almost 30 years ago, and all my siblings were diagnosed diabetic many years ago. I am the oldest of 8, so I knew it was just when, not if I would be diagnosed diabetic.

In fact bloodwork ordered and the first A1C in my life showed diabetes. I read the results a four days before my pcp appointment. So I was prepared with arguments to give me 3 months without medications. She gave me a shot at my plan and I am still without diabetes medications.

Baby steps. I can do baby steps.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member that's true. Just about all of us here were not exactly kind to ourselves and shoveled no end of crap into our system.

But so does half of the population who eat every bit as badly, same crappy lifestyle, same overweight issues.

And that's what likewise baffles the researchers as well. 50% of the population is just as bad or worse then what the majority of us were yet only 10% get diabetes.

Eventually they may find "what they have that prevented it" or "what else we have" that allowed it to develop.

I was no different - had astronomical risk factors due to family history but still ate like crap, skipped meals, constantly ran on 3 or 4 hours sleep etc

The Doc used to say to me "if you simply start eating better you can probably delay the diabetes you are likely to get".

I always thought "why should I live like a Diabetic to simply delay for maybe a couple years becoming Diabetic" - if it's going to "get me anyhow" I decided I was going to chow down on Pizza and Chocolate Donuts while I still could 🀣

While the majority don't think they will ever get diabetes (if they even think about it at all), I spent the dozen years before I was diagnosed "expecting to get it anytime now". So my perspective was/is quite a bit different.

And I have never seen Diabetes as some kind of handicap to living a totally normal life, because in my family having Type 2 is "normal".

edited, originally posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have recovered from other things. This is just another chance to apply some simple principles,and deflate the ego surrounding food now

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I was surprised because there is no history of diabetes in my family

posted 5 months ago
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