For starters, I just got diagnosed with Type 2 not even a full month ago.
I'm a 21 year old female.
The thing that frustrates me most is that while I may not model skinny, I have never in my entire life been obese. Even my BMI chart says that I'm just inside the overweight range. I'm one or two points from being "normal weight".
About 4 months ago, I started noticing that I couldn't get enough to drink. I was constantly thirsty. Which then led to me urinating a lot. I also started to lose weight without trying…to make a long story short, I went to the doctor not even thinking ONCE that I could have diabetes.
But sure enough, my blood sugar was 435 with an A1C of 12.0 and I was spilling sugar into my urine. Needless to say, it scared the living hell out of me.
I was completely taken back by the news, as was my doctor. Even in his words "I don't fit the typical diabetic patient." I'm not obese, and I'm extremely young. And not to mention, very active at my job.
I may not eat all my servings of fruits and veggies in a day, but I didn't eat horrible. I never sat around and snacked on chips cookies and cake. I barely even ate sweets as it is. I never had a sweet tooth…or a snack tooth.
All these things running through my head…and I get this scary disease at the age of 21? I should be worried about college or my plans for the weekend. Not the next piece of food that's going into my mouth. I'm angry, confused, petrified,embarrassed…I just don't get it. It doesn't seem fair.
Please NO ONE take offense to what I'm about to say..it's just a feeling of mine..
I've known people WAY more overweight than I am my entire life..including some friends and family…teachers, friends parents…older people that have been obese their entire life, and they don't get this disease. How is that fair? How does that back up medical science? Doctors make it seem that T2 diabetes is from a sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits with obesity..if that's the case, EVERYONE that's overweight and sedentary should get diabetes. But they don't…There was even an Olympic gold medalist (forget his name now) that was diagnosed with T2 diabetes. How?? He was in perfect shape!
I'm just so angry and confused. I don't know why I had to get this. My Grandma is the only one that had diabetes in my family that I know of, but she was in her 50's when she was diagnosed. I just don't know how I got this…
The only upside is that my Doc thinks I caught it early (within a year) and I'm keeping my blood sugar levels around 100-115 after eating and around the 90's-100 with metformin and dieting.
The second I found out, I completely cut out any minimal sweets I had been eating, and SERIOUSLY watching my carbs. No breads, pastas or chips for me anymore. I'm taking this extremely serious.
But it almost feels like a lost battle already…
I'm going to have this now for the rest of my life.
I'm going to be at a greater risk of heart problems now for the rest of my life.
I'm constantly going to be battling food for the rest of my life.
I'm constantly going to have to keep an eye on my blood sugar..for the rest of my life…
I hate to say this, but I almost wish if I was meant to get this, that I would get it later in my adulthood. I have my whole life ahead of me..
Getting into a career, marriage, having a family…now I have to worry about this. I'm just so upset! I don't know how to handle it.
I'm scared that I've damaged my body at such a young age that I will be battling health problems for the rest of my life…I understand health problems come with age, but now mine is doubled, maybe even tripled, than your standard person. It's so frustrating…and I'm so worried. I'm scared I've whacked off years of my life because of this…
I love life. I love MY life, my friends, my family..I don't want my time with them shortened because of diabetes.
I may sound like I'm overreacting, but I'm genuinely struggling with these thoughts every day. It's like a train hit me out of no where.
I felt completely fine up until the day I went to the doctor. I wasn't sluggish or funny feeling…just thirsty. And BAM, you have full blown T2 diabetes.
Talk about a stunner.
I know this is long and most won't make it this far, but for someone that has, thank you. Getting this out has helped a bit…and I figured reaching out to a community with people like me could help in any way.
Any advice or similar stories would be so appreciated…
I need all of the words and advice I can get right now…
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