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How Lucky Are We To Have Been Diagnosed In The Past 25 Years?

How Lucky Are We To Have Been Diagnosed In The Past 25 Years?

Consider this “fact” for a moment.

If you were diagnosed prior to 1994 there was a 44% chance you would be dead within “10 years from diagnosis”.

Doctors knew that diet played a role in slowing the progression, but as crazy as it may sound, medication was only prescribed when death was imminent.

Why?

Quite simply the only treatments were Insulin (which was a Type 1 treatment and killed a number of them) or early Sulfonylurea oral meds, which likewise killed as many as insulin.

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A DiabetesTeam Member said:

My Mom passed 30 years ago and my Dad a couple years later from diabetic complications and comorbidities. It absolutely sucked and they are my reason for super controlling my diabetes journey.

Yes I am blessed, and diabetes is the one diagnosis that I can control without medications.

My blood glucose meter, my blood glucose numbers spreadsheet, and my food journal are what I live by, and control my right eating.

I just saw my cardiologist and he removed the blood thinner, Brilinta, when I exhaust the prescription I have at home. Another prescription 86th-ed. Celebrate with me. 6 month follow up.

Next week 2nd shingles vaccination.

Diabetes is a gimme for me, and I choose to pick the low lying fruit. I got this.

I will never give up, never surrender, never ever.
You got this.
Have a blessed day.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Yes, it could be much worse, it is JUST DIABETES

And while Diabetes sucks, the day the Doc told us we "have it" it's not like they also told us "don't make plans for summer vacation because you likely won't be around to see it" because they were telling us about Stage 4 something.

Or they didn't say "enjoy your next couple of years" because you have Huntington's or Parkinson's or MS or ALS and 3 or 4 years from now is not looking too good for mobility.

If we had to pick an incurable, chronic disease to get (no choice in the matter) Type 2 has got to be way up on the list.

As a Type 2 your outcome is directly related to how much you are willing to intervene on your own behalf - even if that is as simple as "always taking your meds on time in the dosage prescribed" and maybe putting a lock on the fridge (and hiding any rope in the house) so food doesn't escape, tie you up and jump down your throat against your will 😂

In isolation Diabetes Sucks.

My Wife has Stage 4 Parkinson's - was diagnosed over 20 years ago at age 39 - you want to talk about "Sucks" and that one gives you no opportunity to intervene on your own behalf - no matter what you do or how well you do it, it will "take you down".

Next to her my Type 2 is about on par with a cold - nothing more than a bit of inconvenience unless we are overly dramatic about our condition which really "isn't that bad" compared to what we could be facing.

So for me, if I have to have some incurable disease, I am "more than thankful" that it's Type 2.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I wish I could control my diabetes with diet alone n that is when I was diagnosed with Type 1 was in 1994 and look at me now I`m still here and so grateful to be alive with no known complications from diabetes so far...knock on wood.....and for all those years my sugars have been a roller coaster ride and still are but I somehow manage to get my blood sugars back down to normal range so I have pretty much had every blood sugar number in the book from losing consciousness to in the high 20`s and possible 30`s which still can happen not often mind you THANK GOD but when or if it does I nip it in the butt asap......its a full time job taking care of this disease and then some....Take care everyone and stay safe.....GOD BLESS AND LET US PRAY FOR PEACE ON EARTH.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Yep there are soo many more worse diseases to have give me diabetes any day.....something that we can at least treat and have a fighting chance of living a long healthy life if we are careful......

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Praying

posted 3 months ago
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