By lefillmore Latest Reply 2012-06-30 23:17:59 -0500
Started 2012-06-15 00:08:57 -0500

I've had type 1 since I was 8 yo and I'm going to be 23 this summer and after just reading a few of these posts I'm getting so overwhelmed thinking of how unhealthy I must be.. I would consider myself a very lazy diabetic.
I am not overweight or anything and I run a few times a week but my sugars (mostly since middle school) have been all over the place. I seriously try and try again and again to get motivated…but I still feel like I don't take my chronic illness very seriously… I just lack real drive/motivation to keep on top of BS's and counting carbs.

12 replies

NadiaJohnson 2012-06-30 23:17:59 -0500 Report

hey im totally in the same boat as you i read jade's discussion post and i commented on hers as well. I was 8 as well when i was diagnose and since probably high school my blood sugars havent been monitored or cared for properly when i got out of school it got worst, i was just lazy didn't care and pretty much ignored it which is really bad. i got a scare when my dr told me that my liver was passing protein a sign that your sugars aren't well controlled and having affect on your organs so ive been really trying to get back on tract. it isn't easy im just scared of the consequences im gonna have to deal with as i get older. i made a profile to get advice and support, its really nice to see that theres others going through the same thing i am

Jade R
Jade R 2012-06-16 23:53:59 -0500 Report

Hi, I'm 19 years old and just posted a discussion very similar to yours. I know you said your a lazy diabetic and your numbers are all over the place, and so are mine. I was just wondering how this has effected your college experience if you went and how involved your parents were in your diabetes care and if you drove them up a wall and how you dealt with that.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-15 21:37:11 -0500 Report

Hi, I also was diagnosed at young age, and have kids in their twenties:) We don't have the choice of ignoring it since we must use insulin to live! What you are doing is causing damage to your body even if you don't feel it yet. It will show it's self if you keep going this way. You must watch what you eat, but it doesnt have to be a chore. Once you know the carbs in food it is easy to put a meal together. Maybe keep some recipes handy that you know are within your range. When you do this daily it does get easier to do as it becomes a way of life.

Have you thought about using a pump? You can get better control. It isn't good to take more insulin then needed, just like it isn't good to use higher dosages of it to constantly correct bg numbers that aren't being managed. You don't want to have a long list of health issues like alot of us if you can avoid it, believe me!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-15 11:50:03 -0500 Report

hello, I am T2 for 3 years. I was overwhelmed the first month I was diagnosed. Now I don't stress out. Look at it this way. Even though you are a young person life is still short. Make a bucket list of what you want to do and set out to do them. The biggest stress I have is winning at Angry Birds and Words with Friends (I need a 12 step program to get off my addiction to those two games).

Since that first month I decided that I will control my diabetes it will not control me. So I do things I enjoy doing. I do not read books about being motivated or listen to motivational speakers. I am a self motivator. Make a list of what motivates you and go from there.

I think a lot of diabetics slip from time to time and need a push to get back on track. If you don't take care of yourself and your disease, your body will suffer for it. Best of luck to you.

jayabee52 2012-06-15 11:10:36 -0500 Report

Howdy lefillmore! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I am a type 2 but was a lazy Person with Diabetes (PWD) too for the first few years of my Dx.

I now struggle with painful Diabetes related neuropathy from my knees to my toes which makes standing and walking quite painful. I also am just on the precipice of needing to go on Dialysis treatments. All I need do is slip a few points on my Kidney related numbers and I may need to be on dialysis for the rest of my life or get a kidney transplant. That is from ignoring my Diabetes Mellitus (DM) for so long. Take a look at my profile and you'll see a number of "medical challenges" I have. The MAJORITY of those are due to ignoring my DM. However, life is important to me and I want to see my future grandchildren and see them grow up.

I have been motivated to make a lifestyle change because of my future grandchildren and also due to a new romantic relationship. I want to see enjoy that! I can't do those things I want to do if I don't take care of myself and keep my Blood Glucose (BG) levels in better control.

You probably are not all that unhealthy at 23 yrs, and you can avoid a lot of the complications that many of us have if you manage to control your BG levels in a good range.

I'd also like to point you to another fellow t1. He is on DC as "Richard157" His profile is here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/users/23412-ri...

He was Dx'd at age 6 and has had DM t1 for 66 yrs and says on his profile he is "very healthy". He had only within the past couple years started to have DM related complications, mostly Neuropathy. He is a example showing that one can live a long and relatively healthy life as a t1 if one takes care of oneself.

So don't throw up your hands and say "it's hopeless". There is a lot for which to live! I don't know your situation, obviously, but if you have a romantic relationship and the possibility of chldren, wouldn't it be wonderful if you could get to that future relatively healthy and in one piece?

Praying for your improving health and God's richest blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

swlinda 2012-06-15 07:35:41 -0500 Report

It is hard to stay motivated and easy to just slide but you have to think what will happen to your body down the road and just keep telling yourself you are strong and can do this.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-15 06:38:14 -0500 Report

Try not to beat yourself up to much..Living with diabetes is not fun, and at your age it has to be even a bigger drag..But it is what it is..It's a done deal..So the trick is to make it work for you!!! You are young with so much life ahead of you, it would be a shame to waste it…As others your age grow old, fat, and lazy with age. You by dealing with your D in a positive way,,diet and exercise..You know what you need to do, and by doing so you will out shine them all in so many good ways. concentrate on the positive.. I think we all feel overwhelmed at times it's only natural..Turn this negative into a positive
I am 65 years young a T2 for almost 12 yrs, on insulin and I am in much better shape then most people my age that don't have to deal with health issues ..Much luck and success on your journey through life and keep on smiling