23 yrs old diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes!

By tania.fowler Latest Reply 2012-01-17 17:32:24 -0600
Started 2012-01-11 17:36:19 -0600

Hello all I'm 23 years old and, I went to the doctor today and I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My major is Nursing in college how ironic right. I feel shouldn't I know better. I know I'm "obese" but, none of the symptoms dealt with diabetes I didn't experience. It's a really sad feeling knowing I have diabetes. My doctor told me to just loose weight and exercise. But, what does just loosing weight mean HOW? Loosing weight by dieting that's def. not the way I have to make some kind of lifestyle change. I asked any of my friends to go to the gym with me and, they all seem busy. So what do I do? Have any of you felt this way before.

9 replies

draco59 2012-01-17 17:32:24 -0600 Report

Hi Tania, and welcome. I knew my chances of getting DB were very high, but the news hit me hard, and that was around 05, 06. 6 yrs. later, I'm finally coming to terms with it. You came to the right place, I might have joined a while back but I'm just realizing what a great place this is, and the people seem really nice.
As for losing weight, when I was growing up, I was the "husky" kid, it started in my teens, and it's been a pain ever since. The older I've gotten the harder it’s been. I've tried various diets, exercises, etc., etc… Well you get it. The only on that seemed to "work" was the Atkins, I tried it and lost over 60 lbs. in 4 months. (At the time my blood pressures and everything else was fine. I have had HP or borderline hi since I was about 17), well anyway, I was down to my lowest weight in at least 10 yrs. But, there’s always a but… lol. But my blood pressure shot there the roof; it started with a simple nose bleed. We were in Denver for a dog show, and it just started, to finish this up. They took off the Adkins diet, and told me to watch what I eat and exercise. Know there talk gastric by-pass.
Needless to say I gain the weight back plus more, a lot more. Some of it’s my fault, and we should know better, I was a Lab Tech for over 20 yrs. and my wife has been an RN for almost 25.
I guess what I’m try to say is there are a lot of programs and diets and help groups( so far this one is the best) I’m kind of shy, in groups. With your Dr., nutritionist find something that works for you. But some time losing weight is not the only answer.
Good luck Tania, we’ll be here to help one another

joe_h 2012-01-17 15:33:09 -0600 Report

hi tania .sorry about the diagnosis. i was diagnosed at 26 and it was a huge shock for me as well. find 30 minutes to do an activity you like or join a league/team/club with others to keep you motivated. I do running and triathlon cause i can choose a race to train for in the future and have something to work for. I recommend using exercise as something to burn off stress and have fun (as well as getting healthy) instead of a chore to do each day. find an activity that is fun and exciting for you and go w/ it. after you get into the routine a bit then youcan start tweaking your diet. one change at a time bit by bit.

Nick1962 2012-01-12 17:55:45 -0600 Report

Hey Tania! Glad you found our little party here. In answer to your question "have any of you felt like this before", the answer is YES. If you can't hear it where you are, there's about 100,000 people on this site behind me saying it in unison. Should you know better being in nursing? NO, they can't possibly teach you all there is to know about it in a semester. Unfortunately, experience is something you don't get until just after you find out you need it, and most of us here have really had to handle our own battles on our own and through the help of these great folks. Hang around a while and not only will you get better, but you'll probably qualify as an instructor.
Yes, you do have to make a life change (its not hard), but it is one most people nowadays should make - diabetic or not. It is a good change!
As for dieting and losing weight, check out this recent tread if you haven't already http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... This is how most of us T2's handle food - I share the same method as Kirla, and like Joyce below, I've lost a good deal of weight.
Above all, ask questions, and welcome to the party!

jayabee52 2012-01-12 04:28:51 -0600 Report

Howdy Tania! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family, but since you do I am glad you are here!

yes, people with Diabetes (PWDs) DO feel this way, we feel all alone and often feel depressed. I did when first diagnosed (Dx'd). I was depressed and angry with myself, and the world.

Also, justyou are studying for a career in nursing doesn't give one's body a "pass" when it comes to genetics. (even if one has a medical degree of any kind — I was a CNA in home health for 11 yrs and did some hospital work as well) doesn't give one's body a "pass" when it comes to genetics.

It sounds like you are kicking yourself a bit for giving it to yourself (though you don't specifically say it)

Your body had set points for developing diabetes and in your lifestyle of getting your nursing degree you crossed those boundries. It was not as if your body told you "hey I'm getting close to developing diabetes, change some things!" and then tell you what to change. It sneaks up on you — as it snuck up on me over 16 yrs ago. And pretty soon I was overly thirsty and then I needed to void my bladder more often in response. I had studied a bit about diabetes in CNA classes (obviously not as much as a RN or a MD — but still, they can develop it too!)

It is NOT YOUR FAULT, Tania, for developing diabetes, blame your genes. Just because you are heavy does not mean you gave youself this disease. Many people are overweight (obese - if you will) but do not develop diabetes. There are some T2s who are skinny and develop it.

But the real question is: now that you have it, what do you DO about it? Lose weight and exercise are good to start. If friends don't go with you when you ask them, go by yourself. It is important that you do it and do it well.

If Dr hasn't Rx'd you for a diabetes med, then he doesn't think it is that bad, or the Dr doesn't take diabetes seriously enough. Perhaps you have "prediabetes" If so, it is extremely important to get things under control soon. Should you do that you may well be able to stop diabetes from developing further, and that will be extremely good for you. Otherwise you may convert from "pre" to full blown T2. Believe me, you really don't want that to happen.

There are ways of beating prediabetes and/or managing your full blown T2. Should you be interested in finding out how I have done it, and lost weight in the process, let me know and I will share it with you. Please let me know what your Blood Glucose (BG) readings are lately.

I have sent you a friend request, please accept and we can chat on the DC email system.

I pray that you and yours find God's richest blessings

To your better health!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-11 17:53:36 -0600 Report

Hello Tania, welcome to DC. There is a great group of caring people here to help you as long as you are willing to be a part of our online family.

Don't fret, for me it got easier as I found ways to change my eating habits. Gone are the sugary treats, white potatoes, rice and bread. I bake, broil or grill everything including bacon and sausage. I too am obese but I managed to lose 62lbs by changing my eating habits. I started out by keeping a journal of all the foods I ate, the amount, the time and for what meal or snack.

I also read every label on all foods I purchase and pay attention to serving size. Fresh veggies are the best for you but if you have to buy processed go for the frozen and again read the labels. I don't buy any frozen veggie in any kind of sauce as they contain fats or higher levels of sodium. For instance I bought fresh kale and collards, cooked them and froze them for the winter months. I do the same with soups and chili. If I want a fried egg, I fry it with Pam and I don't eat a lot of them. I keep snack size candy bars in the freezer for lows.

Reduce your stress levels as stress can affect your blood sugars. Take time for yourself. I know this is hard to do for a student but it can be done

Go to the gym without your friends. Meet new ones there. Sometimes friends don't want to do things because with your because they don't have time or simply don't want to do it. Keep in mind, true friends will help you no matter what.

Finally, talk to a nutrionist to help you with a meal plan. Walk to get exercise and more importantly control your diabetes, don't let it control you and it never ever takes a vacation.

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