I'm completely new here, and full disclosure, to my knowledge I do not have diabetes. . . yet.
I do however, have some concerns and questions. To be honest, I feel like I may be well on my way. My diet has always been terrible, and about two years ago I gained a ton of weight. Right now I'm somewhere around 330 lbs. I wear 330 better than most would, but still, 330 is 330. I'm always always always tired, which is weird for me because I used to be incredibly active. (Maybe it's just being overweight?) A lot of times when I eat, that is instantly followed by extreme tiredness though, much worse than normal. Basically I crash and more or less pass out. If I eat sugary foods, I get intense migraine like headaches every single time now, which never used to happen before. (And I know what legit migraines feel like because since I was a kid, I would get those once every 6-8 months). My feet even have started to feel weird, not like completely numb like I hear like it gets for some with diabetes, but weird no less. Just different than normal. I've even started to notice like little slight bits (patches) of discoloration on the lower half of my calfs, presumably I think from poor circulation.
I asked my family doctor about all of these things a few months ago and he basically just laughed off the idea that I had reason for concern, but no less, I still am. From a community of experts, what do you think? Am I just being paranoid? I realize regardless that I need to start taking steps to improve my health or eventually it will catch up to me, but I really am concerned about where I might be at right now already.
For you all, what were some of the first things that you noticed when you first realized that there might be a problem? I really do not know anything about this. What things would you have done differently if you could go back in time? Maybe I can learn a little from that. I really know nothing, but as I contemplate my future and the future of my young family, I realize that that needs to change. I suppose that this is as good a way as any to take a first step towards that.
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