Type 2 Diabetes at age 33

By LeilaB Latest Reply 2012-03-14 00:24:33 -0500
Started 2011-11-20 17:58:13 -0600

I was just wondering if anyone else was diagnosed at a younger age with type 2 diabetes? I know that this is a progressive disease, and I really didn't think it would happen to me this young. It runs in my family, and I knew that it might happen eventually, but I wasn't ready to have it this young. I keep scaring myself with the fact that this is a progressive disease…I don't feel 33 anymore. I much older than my peers now. Does anyone else feel this way?

27 replies

Denisency213 2012-01-15 14:48:10 -0600 Report

I was also diagnosis at an earlier age last month I was told I have type 2 . I am 35 I thought that was too young I am afraid of long term complications. I also see this as a blessing cause we are younger can do more as far as exercise. Don't let diabetes define u

LeilaB 2012-03-14 00:23:57 -0500 Report

I like your way of looking of this…don't let diabetes define you…solid advice! Thank you!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 02:06:46 -0600 Report

I was not that young. I was 40, almost 41 when I found out, but was in denial for a year. So at 42 is when my battle really started. Now that might not seem young to some, but to me it is. I still feel like a child sometimes, even if my body is feeling a little worn down and old(hingsight is always 20/20)!
It also runs in my mom's side of the family, and I never thought about it..again, hindsight! I don't let it make me older than I already am. I can understand why you would feel older than your friends your age. You have a very heavy burden to carry. But if you fight this and make it your mission to OWN this, you will be a strong warrior who does not have to let it way her down.
You do not walk this walk alone. We are all warriors in this fight!
God Bless, Mickey

2011-11-27 20:49:17 -0600 Report

yes I was diagnosed w/type 2 at the age of 28. I found out a 1/2 hour after my brother called my mother to tell her that her 1st grandchild was a granddaughter. So it really is easy 4 me to know how long I've had this hellish disease. And the exact date of when I got it.

lucymarcum 2011-11-26 12:08:50 -0600 Report

i was diagnosed with pre-diabetes when i was 16 years old. at 24, i was given the official type 2 diabetes diagnosis. i feel really old now. i was just married last december and now all dreams i had for a long healthy life kinda went out the window. my husband has a hard time understanding why i'll suddenly get depressed. i do my best to keep my chin up, but i know exactly what you mean. i sit and scare myself wondering if i can even have children, how old i'll be when everything starts to get worse. my mother has been diabetic since i was 6 years old, and she currently is blind and an amputee. there are days i feel so old. i can definitely sympathize with you!
i wish you the best, hope to hear from you!

LeilaB 2011-11-30 19:07:19 -0600 Report

Dear Lucy,
Let me start by saying congratulations on your marriage :) I only got married 3 years ago. I do feel just like you…there is a deep sadness below the surface with me. You really put into words what I have been feeling…that my hopes for a long and healthy life seem gone now. I am also worried about having children. The future looks much more cloudy now. I do know this, some people really do a good job and can stay healthy. Unfortunately, most of the people that I know wreen diagnosed in their 50s…and so it is different for them. Let's stay in touch. It would be really nice to have a friend who is feeling the same way.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-28 02:01:43 -0600 Report

Have you spoken with your doctor about your fears? I have heard other young women on this site that have D and have had normal pregnancy and normal babies.Of course I'm not a doc and don't know what everyone's issues (besides D) are, but there has to be hope. It hurts my heart when I hear someone so young feel so down. Please know that you are now a warrior and you can win this war. The Lord walks with you, you are not alone. Blessings to you and your new husband. Don't lose hope or faith.
God Bless, mickey

annesmith 2011-11-24 01:22:08 -0600 Report

I have years of untreated childhood diabetes, but was not diagnosed until age 35. To me, it was a late diagnosis, as my family physician said I was very very diabetic when I was 4 years old, but he scratched his head because my fasting was 160. They didn't know as much about it then as they do now. I definitely had it for years without a doubt. I wish you the best, and look forward to visiting with you!!!!——sincerely, ANNE

Natim 2011-11-22 02:10:11 -0600 Report

Yes my brother was diagnosed about 2 months ago at the age of 36yrs with type .
He is on 2 tabs a day and has started eating right and is doing fine.
If it is in the family history it will almost manifest itself around that time depending on what may caused it.
Remember the genes load the gun and the life style pulls the triger and that will happen when some thing trigers it.
Like you may have heard already from the professionals that you will live a normal healthy live with diabetic as long as you manage it well.

coryw 2011-11-21 20:55:57 -0600 Report

I was dx in early October a week after turning 36. Was already down due to having a splint on my right arm from having surgery for septic bursitis (doctor thinks the infection was as bad as it was due to uncontrolled diabetes - didn't know I had it). Had antibiotic infusions daily for four weeks and the doctor handling that saw high blood sugar in one of his tests and recommended me back to my primary doctor. First A1c was 9.8 on October 6th. Started on 2.5mg of glyburide and 500mg of metformin daily then. Took a diabetes class on October 19th and started testing my blood sugar then. Went back to the doctor last week and he did another A1c and I'm down to 7.2. Goal is into the 5's and I think I can do that by my next appointment in February. Yes, there are some things in my life that are different (meal choices mainly) but I don't feel any older as a result of it. And by controlling it early I hope to be able to avoid most of the complications that diabetes can lead to - definitely worth the loss of certain delicious carby foods in the long term.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-20 18:37:11 -0600 Report

Have you listened to what the American Diabetes Association is publishing? People are being diagnosed with type 2 in their teens at an alarming rate.
New Cases of Diagnosed Diabetes among People Younger than 20 Years of Age, United States, 2002–2005

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth is a multicenter study funded by the CDC and the NIH to examine diabetes—type 1 and type 2—among children and adolescents in the United States. SEARCH findings for the communities studied include the following:

During 2002–2005, 15,600 youth were newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes annually, and 3,600 youth were newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes annually.
Among youth ages younger than 10 years, the rate of new cases was 19.7 per 100,000 each year for type 1 diabetes and 0.4 per 100,000 for type 2 diabetes. Among youth ages 10 years or older, the rate of new cases was 18.6 per 100,000 each year for type 1 diabetes and 8.5 per 100,000 for type 2 diabetes.
Non-Hispanic white youth had the highest rate of new cases of type 1 diabetes—24.8 per 100,000 per year among those younger than 10 years and 22.6 per 100,000 per year among those ages 10–19 years.
Type 2 diabetes was extremely rare among youth ages younger than 10 years. While still infrequent, rates were greater among youth ages 10–19 years than in younger children, with higher rates among U.S. minority populations than in non-Hispanic whites.
Among non-Hispanic white youth ages 10–19 years, the rate of new cases was higher for type 1 than for type 2 diabetes. For Asian/Pacific Islander Americans and American Indian youth ages 10–19 years, the opposite was true—the rate of new cases was greater for type 2 than for type 1 diabetes. Among non-Hispanic black and Hispanic/Latino youth ages 10–19 years, the rates of new cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes were similar.

LeilaB 2011-11-20 18:55:24 -0600 Report

Yes, I have heard about this. It is a very sad trend, but at the same time I feel like the media demonizes young people for getting this. If you're young and you get diabetes, they think that it must be your fault.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-20 19:08:40 -0600 Report

Leila, if you are old and you get diabetes you are labled as a failure. I am just so glad that by the time I was 40 I did not care how others labled me. Now I am 61 and have a great oppertunity to become healthier then I have been in years.
Right now you need to concentrate on the changes you are making so you to can become healthier. Do not worry about the media they always have to pick on someone or some group of people. Just keep coming back here to see how others are facing the challenges of diabetes.
God bless,

LeilaB 2011-11-20 19:23:16 -0600 Report

Dear Mary, you're right. I shouldn't care how people see me, but I guess people's reactions have been surprising to say the least. I am going to stay positive and work on what I can change and try to ignore the rest.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-20 19:49:52 -0600 Report

Those reactions are from lack of knowledge and understanding. Have you ever noticed how people react to people in wheel chairs or on crutches?

LeilaB 2011-11-20 20:27:07 -0600 Report

I think that sometimes we don't pay too much attention until we are in that situation…people are so quick to judge!

Kirla 2011-11-20 18:30:46 -0600 Report

I believe that if you can control your blood sugar and keep your A1C below 6.5 or 7 you can avoid most of the complications. Even if you suffer from some complications keeping good control can help reverse or at least prevent them from getting worse. I have read a lot of stories from people on Dlife when I used to go there that were controlling with diet and exercise for over 10 years and doing great. I don’t believe this has to be progressive as long as we learn to control our blood sugar. Most people who get complications and suffer from this disease really don’t take good care of themselves. Some just take the pills and eat what they want and wonder why they keep getting worse. I believe we have to do more than just pop some pills. Life is what we make it.

Caroltoo 2011-11-20 18:12:17 -0600 Report

Hi, Leila,
I was diagnosed in my mid-50s, but had a similar sense of shock because I have no one in my family who has diabetes and did not anticipate this.

The "progressive disease description" is scary, but I don't know that it actually has to be true. I was diagnosed 8 years ago and am in much better health now than I was then. I think if you take it seriously and actively work towards health, you can be your age or younger.

Frankly, many of our peers don't take as good care of themselves as we now do. That will age them, not us. Change your diet, start a healthy exercise program, and outbloom the rest of them! You can make your own hope and health.

SCLWKR 2011-11-28 00:33:43 -0600 Report

My mother (adoptive) was diagnosed with diabetes when she was in her late 40's. She has used insulin and is now 86 years old with no complications. She has been diligently compliant for 40 years and her discipline (I think) has paid off as a result. I agree with you Carol, that one can actually have improved health with a diagnosis, if one gets on track and stays on track with diet, weight control, exercise, and meds. ALthough it can be progressive, it doesn't have to be.

LeilaB 2011-11-20 18:15:28 -0600 Report

Thank you Carol, for your kind words. You're right, we don't have to buy the "progressive disease" idea. It can be so scary sometimes, but I am determined to do whatever it takes. It really is a huge wake-up call about our health :)

realsis77 2011-11-20 18:04:17 -0600 Report

hi well, i was diagnosed at my 40th birthday i know that's older than 33, but still younger than most who are diagnosed. I learned i had diabetes and started my shots after a try with pills failed to help.

LeilaB 2011-11-20 18:13:15 -0600 Report

Yes, 40 is still young! Type 2 has always seemed to be a disease for people who are middle-aged…but yet I don't think that is really the case anymore. I guess I was angry at the beginning because I am so young, and it didn't seem fair. Fortunately, I am coming to turns with it. I may have been able to put it off a little bit longer, but who really knows?

realsis77 2011-11-21 09:41:03 -0600 Report

hi. are you on a treatment plan yet? that is the most important thing. Stick to your treatment plan, check your blood sugar regular, and keep your numbers under 150. they say damage can happen at 150 and above so make sure and keep your sugars under. for me at first my doc put me on pills to help lower my sugar but they did not work so i was then put on insulin. I am now able to keep my numbers under and running great! make sure you dont continue to run high because diabetes is a silent killer and damage can be occurring. so take care of yourself NOW so that the problems dont happen later.also, some of us cant control our diabetes with diet and exercise alone, we need the extra help of pills or insulin. dont be afraid to ask for that extra help if you continue to run high blood sugar. because if you let high blood sugar go you will get damage!! diabetes can cause kidneys to shut down, blindness, loss of limbs,, its very serious so make sure and control those numbers TODAY, for a healthy TOMORROW. I wish you the very best and God bless you!