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How Did I End Up Here?

How Did I End Up Here?

Diabetes Sucks and many of us wonder “why or how I got it”.

In fact the experts still have “no clue” what causes Type 2 but they do know what makes it “more likely”
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Here is a list of the major risk factors and a few of the more obscure ones – the more “boxes” you can tick in the first 6 listed, the closer you will be to “why” (I checked 4 of the 6)
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Family History – leaves you many times more likely – 3 times (one parent) 5 times (both) and other relatives add to the risk

Weight – BMI over… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member over 400 is "think about going to the ER to get it lowered quickly" and get some IV fluids into you

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member that's a great number - good for you

You can now call yourself "normal" 🤣

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member because of my family history I have read every study I could find that dealt with trying to find the answer to Hereditary Diabetes.

While they have been able to prove what the link "Is Not" they still have no idea of what it actually is.

They proved that it's Not learned behaviour. Was a good theory. If your parents had it you may have picked up the bad habits that led to their diagnosis, but that is not what happens.

One that was very interesting was done with identical twins with one or more parents being Type 2. You would have identical DNA so you would think either both or neither, but they found a couple dozen where one was Type 2 and the other was totally fine.

The conclusion (guess) from those results was, we may have a defective gene BUT it still requires an additional (trigger) to turn it on.

I do know that now they have isolated about 5 (genes or whatever) that is only present in Type 1 diagnosis, so they are getting close to "predicting with great accuracy" from a simple blood test in the very young.

I do hope that leads to a similar finding with hereditary Type 2 because I have two daughters that are now in their 30's, so creeping up on significantly greater odds themselves.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hi, My Mom was diabetic, so I was always aware that I could "get" it. I keep forgetting that her brother had it also. He was diagnosed much later, and I believe was "only" on Metformin. She was pregnant with my older brother when she found out. She was 2 insulin shots a day. She did her best, and I wish now that I could go back in time and give her MORE hugs than I already gave her, and more sympathy when she got "shaky". If she could see the easier to read meters than trying to decipher the color on the test strip can she would be amazed, and might have had an easier time controlling her levels. I was more concerned with other things (she had ovarian cancer also) so I would keep THOSE appt's and had many tests to make sure to keep that an eye on. My glucose tests were always good. So I had family History, couch potato, Blood lipid levels. and I STRESSED about everything I "might " have been pre-diabetic but they never discussed it with me. When I go back and look my glucose level test results were good to excellent for fasting, until 2017 and it was 120. For some reason they didn't say uh-oh we better watch it, knowing my Mother was diabetic. I'm not even sure I noticed it. I was a little surprised when I went back and saw it. When I was in the ER the Dr did tell my husband it WASN'T what I ate. My husband ate the same stuff but he is VERY active. I sit at a desk for 9 hours a day. With some occasional walking. I must say being diagnosed though I have in fact become healthier. I exercise more, eat a LOT healthier, and have tried very hard not to let things stress me. I was panic now before anything happened I would pre-stress things. My husband is the "why panic now when you can panic later" 😆 I think I was trying to prevent stuff from happening, but you can't figure everything out ahead of time. You will drive yourself absolutely crazy, I have 2 brothers both older, one who is very overweight and neither of them are diabetic,

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thanks 🙏 Graham, but I'm mindful of eating healthier foods of small portions, no white foods and sugars. Continue walking and drinking my 4 bottles of water and maintain my weight 160 pounds, take more breaks or relax longer and focus on my happiness in our new house 🏘️ that we just moved into on Saturday praise God 💕🙏. Avoid negativity but care and give positive support also pray for them if needed. Life is what you make it and chose happiness 😊💖 and joy despite my illness because I take a medication for hypertension and my cholesterol number is 199 which is on the edge according to the nurse so I'm mindful of that too. I return in May for more blood work for my sugar, cholesterol and potassium numbers. potassium number was a little low and I don't eat bananas but I'll get some vitamins. I'm traveling to work now 😃. Happy a wonderful day Everyone!!!

posted 5 months ago
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