My diabetes story

Jean-9
By Jean-9 Latest Reply 2011-11-02 00:33:00 -0500
Started 2011-10-25 10:09:54 -0500

Hello, my name is Jeannine. I am now 34 years old and i have had Diabetes Type I since i was 14 so this year is my 20th anniversary. I have always wondered about this and no dr/nutritionist or anyone has ever been able to answer this so maybe one of you has some insight.
To my family and my knowledge no one had ever had diabletes in my family so i was the first diagnosed. The bad thing is that i had become bulimic when I was 14! I had just started high school and was in cheerleading and had pressure to be thin and it was just a stupid thing that i did. It so happens that months later i become very ill, lose 30 lbs in 2 months and am constantly thirsty and going to the restroom and exhausted like never before. When my mom took me to the doctor they found that my level was at 600. From there i started my battle with Diabetes Type 1. Does anyone have any info on relating Bulimia and Diabetes Type 1. Ive always blamed my stupidity on causing this disease. Plese feel free to write and give your feedback..it would really be appreciated. Thanks!


6 replies

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-10-25 20:40:54 -0500 Report

Don't blame yourself…Be your own best friend. Take time to appreciate who you are and love yourself. You are beautiful.

You seem determined that there is a correlation between bulimia and diabetes and there is none except both can cause ketoacidosis. Someone in the family could have had Diabetes but was never diagnosed or never shared the diagnoses. Generations could have been skipped.

Bulimia does not cause Diabetes. Bulimia does not cause Diabetes. Bulimia does not cause Diabetes. Bulimia does not cause Diabetes.
Listen and set yourself free.

So put away beating yourself up. You have done that too long, don't you think? What good do you hope to accomplish? Can you find a way to just accept the good inside of you? Take care of you for the precious person that you are…Welcome Jeanine to our family at Diabetic Connect.

Jean-9
Jean-9 2011-10-27 16:40:28 -0500 Report

oh thank you so much for the encouraging words…it really means alot! i have moved on and thankfully have done well all these years. It was hard getting over the bulimia and its been a struggle over the years but ive done exceptionally well and am taking better care of myself now that im in my 30's. I know i cant blame myself but i always wondered and questioned it…but like i said thank you so much for being so kind and inspiring! have a great day! and im so glad to be part of this awesome family!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-10-25 19:32:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Jeannine! Welcome to DC.

I have quickly done a search on the terms Diabetes and Bullemia, I was unable to find any credible website which said "Bullemia causes Diabetes". There are cases where it seems that the diabetes was a contributing factor in developing Type 1.

For most Type 1s it is caused by an autoimmune attack upon the pancreatic Beta cells. The reason why the attack is triggered is unknown.

So, the chances of you causing your own T 1 diabetes is very slim.

Blessings to you and yours

James

annesmith
annesmith 2011-11-02 00:33:00 -0500 Report

No..you did not cause your diabetes…I have untreated childhood diabetes…I am very brittle now at age 41. I know what you are thinking…I went through a phase where I thought I caused my diabetes…when I was 13 years old, I wanted to be super skinny, and I did do some damage to my whole body when I did that, including AGGRAVATING the diabetes I already had since age 4. NO, you did not CAUSE your diabetes, but if you were bulimic at one time it would have just aggravated the diabetes you already had. I have known very FEW people who got diabetes on purpose…I knew a couple of middle aged people in the past that DRANK liquor to an OBLIVION until they got diabetes because they had some mental issues. Don't blame yourself…it is RARELY obtained on purpose…ANNE

annesmith
annesmith 2011-11-02 00:33:00 -0500 Report

No..you did not cause your diabetes…I have untreated childhood diabetes…I am very brittle now at age 41. I know what you are thinking…I went through a phase where I thought I caused my diabetes…when I was 13 years old, I wanted to be super skinny, and I did do some damage to my whole body when I did that, including AGGRAVATING the diabetes I already had since age 4. NO, you did not CAUSE your diabetes, but if you were bulimic at one time it would have just aggravated the diabetes you already had. I have known very FEW people who got diabetes on purpose…I knew a couple of middle aged people in the past that DRANK liquor to an OBLIVION until they got diabetes because they had some mental issues. Don't blame yourself…it is RARELY obtained on purpose…ANNE

Jean-9
Jean-9 2011-10-27 16:36:07 -0500 Report

i appreciate your help and taking the time to look it up for me…ive done the same and gotten the exact information that you have so i thought i would just put it out there and see if any one else has gone thru this. Once again thank you and hope you have a great day!

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