How old were you when you were diagnosed with diabetes and how high was your blood sugar?

By T.Jachimski Latest Reply 2013-09-03 14:49:36 -0500
Started 2013-08-19 19:36:28 -0500

I was diagnosed when I was 12 years old. My blood was 1300. I have not passed out or go into a diabetic coma. I was fortunate enough that nothing really effected me. I lost over 30 pounds when I was 12. I could not eat a single thing unless I had something to wash it down with. I just started on the pump and I love it!

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2013-09-03 14:49:36 -0500 Report

I was 18, BG was 650, and I was hospitalized from my doctors office as I was slipping out of consciousness. I was in terrible shape. Spent nearly a week in the hospital before I was released. Almost 2 years later started on the pump, and my life has been fine ever since. I've had to work through burnout several times, but am in a good place right now. Taking pretty decent care of myself.

sandyfrazzini 2013-08-26 11:55:10 -0500 Report

I was 11 years old (diagnosed 3 weeks before Halloween) and my BG was 1400 or 1500, I was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks. I had been throwing up for two days and had really bad headaches, My Mom took me to ER and told them to check for diabetes, they thought she was wrong (I kind of wish she had been wrong) I was in ICU for 2 or 3 days. That was almost 31 years, I have been on an insulin pump for 7-8 years and I love it.

autumnsonata 2013-08-25 20:57:06 -0500 Report

I was 63 and my blood sugar was 697 with an a1c of 13.2. Within three weeks, it was under control. It is now 6.5. I work out nearly every day and have completely changed my diet to limit carbs.

Dean 02601
Dean 02601 2013-08-24 18:27:39 -0500 Report

I was 42 2 months before turning 43 mine was 317 but when at the diabetic councelors it was 419 after 6 months i have it ibn the 125-160 range
my aic was 8.9 now it is 7.1

blesdbyfth 2013-08-24 14:00:43 -0500 Report

I was 46 years old. So, I am still kind of new at this, I am 48 now. I was in the hospital for a procedure for my brain aneurysm and my sugar was checked…it was 585. After that hospital stay, I saw my GP. I already had the aneurysm, and had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia…then to have this diagnosis struck a blow. I had lap band surgery in 2005 and had to have the band removed due to complications soon after my Type 2 diagnosis. It has been a challenge, but, I am adjusting.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-26 05:50:04 -0500 Report

It will be 2 years for me too blesdbyfth. I also have Fibromyalgia and I have developed osteo arthritis. The arthritis came in about the same time as the diabetes.

wishy 2013-08-24 00:53:02 -0500 Report

It was a year ago aug.10,2012. I was 19, I thought I was just sick with another sinus infection, but the doctor came in and said i had diabetes. They said my bg was 390 which is really high for the mornings. I never saw it coming. I had lost a lot of weight. The doctor misdiagnosed it as type 2 and I didn't find out until three days ago that is it actually type 1. I'm looking into the pumps and pods.

bbchen68 2013-08-23 12:44:17 -0500 Report

I was 35, it was 360. My doctor noticed that I had brown staining around my toes. If it weren't for an absolute addiction to sugary foods, I would be able to control it better. I feel guilty all the time.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-08-23 06:27:00 -0500 Report

I was 48 and initially they thought it was T2 turned out. To be T1. I am now 50 my blood sugar was over 500 said HI at the hospital. In the emergency room all day, slept with insulin dripping into my system. Left with prescriptions and no idea what was going on, and how that day would change my life.

DanniDiabetic 2013-08-22 17:55:54 -0500 Report

I was 20 and I don't think I would have known If I hadn't of had pancreatitis . My sugar was well over 600 . Hospital stay for a week with an insulin drip .

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-08-22 16:50:42 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed T2 last year at age 56…my bs was 230 at the time…i lost 40 pounds started an excersize program and my bs hardly ever goes over 125-130 range.

trampcoach 2013-08-22 14:16:44 -0500 Report

I found out today. I am two weeks past my 39th birthday. I immediately downloaded this app. I still have to see a specialist to find out the specifics, but I wanted to see what others talk about and how they deal with this.

cowboyslbug 2013-08-22 13:28:14 -0500 Report

I was 20 when diagnosed. After first child, they didn't catch it my water broke 2 months early, he was breach. I stayed in hospital for 2 months, my sugars never went back to normal a year later I was diagnosed. Been type 2 since, on maximum dose now for my medication & know it won't be long until I'm type 1. (16 years I think I did pretty good staying type 2)

lorider70 2013-08-22 12:31:47 -0500 Report

I was 46 when diagnosed as a type II. Blood sugar was a little over 600. Oral meds and diet have kept it in line ever since. since it was apparently diagnosed late; I already had complications…neuropathy, blurry vision, etc. Everything went back to normal except the neuropathy…nothing much helps that except pain pills

androidrew 2013-08-22 08:57:48 -0500 Report

I was 10 years old, I'm 28 now! Pre diagnosis my symptoms lasted for months until one night I was very ill, hadn't been able to keep food down all week and had a strange craving for king size mars bars! My mother phoned the doctor to come and see me on the Friday night and after testing my urine, they rushed me to hospital! My blood sugar was 42 mmol or 756 mg. I would have been in a lot of trouble that night if my mother had not have phoned the doctor. I'll never forget being in the hospital and I was seriously dehydrated, I kept asking for water but they could not give me any. Then a young doctor came in and quite nervously got down on 1 knee and said very compassionately "Andrew, you have type 1 diabetes" and I replied " doctor, I don't care, just get me some water" :)

CallumB 2013-08-22 05:51:30 -0500 Report

I was lucky, I was diagnosed when I was 8 with mild symptoms such as urinating every 10 minutes, drinking 8L of water a day, broken sleep due to excessive trips to the toilet and wetting the bed due to exhaustion to go to the toilet. I don't really remember much except that my entire diet changer because of it.?

splitpea922 2013-08-22 05:40:11 -0500 Report

I was 26 when I was diagnosed. My woman doctor performs a urine analysis every time you go in. They found lots of sugars were spilling over. I went to my doctor and was diagnosed pre-diabetic with a blood sugar of 136. Two weeks later, I went to see the diabetes educator who tested my blood sugar and it was 300. She diagnosed me as type 2. About a month later, my internal medicine doctor tested my blood for various things, found the antibodies and diagnosed me as type 1. About 1 year ago (I am 28 now), my pancreas shut down completely.

JSJB 2013-08-22 04:04:18 -0500 Report

I was 69, fell and broke my wrist and was told that my BG was well over 200 and my blood pressure was 250/100. They said I should be having a stroke. Well after my wrist was repaired I went to the family doctor for the first time since who knows when. He diagnosed me as pre-diabetic. I lost 50 lbs. (250 down to 200) and started taking meds which I never did except for the occasional asprin or anti biotic. I started exercising and watching what I ate. Today, 2 yrs. later) my blood pressure is down to 133/69 (needs more work) and my BG is 120+- I feel good but need more work and have to go back to the doctor. This site has helped me out when I was down or burned out with taking meds and checking my BG.

Maintanenceman1 2013-08-21 17:17:13 -0500 Report

I'm borderline T2 was 38 & that 2 years ago my was 121 on morning fasting one found my in routine blood for a complete physical. Some my numbers have gone as high as 185. Mine generally stays in the 100-120 range during the day. Mornings right out of beg are 105-116. 2013-08-21 08:25:27 -0500 Report

I was 37 I was taking care of people who have diabetes eatch week telling them to watch there leavels better and I was never the person to eat badly was going to the doc.becouse I needed to have a foot operation so he tested me I said no way he said my it was 230 I said try it again could not be right so he did but it was so here I am taking care of me now my grown kids the last to have it my son is high but don't care his sister is a medical ass. and over very heavy with lows and sometimes high when she is sick but not often there dad's side has diabetes me I was a foster kid new only few things about my real father and mom and spent time with my auntie of and on dad passed early in life at 33 years old his mom was a crankie lady did not like her much she did not have it as far as I know my dad or auntie eather so im lost.who ever gave it to me you can have it back please.i.m a type two on insulin 4 times a day and pill's .

T.Jachimski 2013-08-21 11:09:32 -0500 Report

I was adopted too. I have a twin sister who doesn't have diabetes . I got it from my biological father . I know how you feel . But everything happens for a reaso (:

1lady4 2013-08-21 07:57:05 -0500 Report

I was 15 in the 9th grade . My blood sugar was 500 on my grandmother's blood sugar machine. I used to take 4 shots a day talk about being a pin cushion lol so I got the Mini Med Medtronic insulin pump love it as well I chose the Pink one because it's my fave color lol.

alanbossman 2013-08-21 05:53:57 -0500 Report

I was 59 years old when diagnosed T2 blood sugar was in the 700 hundred range I take 1000 mg of metformin a day and 15 units of lantus a day

BroadwayGirl 2013-08-20 22:51:02 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with type one at age 3. I believe my sugar was between 700-1000. I don't really know, I was so young it's hard to remember.
I have an insulin pump and I can honestly say I couldn't do this without it. It makes life so much easier!

Type1Lou 2013-08-20 17:48:11 -0500 Report

I was 27 and that was 37 years ago. I am a Type 1 but only started using a pump 2 years ago…resisted it for a long time because I didn't want to be connected to something 24/7…wish I'd started using one sooner! I love pumping! I don't recall what my BG was when diagnosed but I had lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks and was constantly thirsty and urinating nearly every 5 to 10 minutes. My Dad had developed diabetes after I was born, so I was aware of the symptoms and pretty much anticipated my diagnosis. My last a1c was 7.0, up from my previous 6.7 and I'm working to get it back into the 6's. As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one of the more manageable with the right decisions. In 1980, I was hospitalized with DKA but haven't had any DKA hospitalizations since then. I was hospitalized while on vacation in 2010 due to a severe low BG which led me to change doctors (didn't have confidence in how he was treating my diabetes) and the new endo ultimately got me on the pump. Life is good!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-20 11:31:18 -0500 Report

I was 45 when I was diagnosed, that was almost 2 years ago. I started on the pump and a cgm a little more than a month ago and I am managing much better these days. :-)

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-24 10:16:07 -0500 Report

I had gone to the doc because I was so thirsty, peeing constantly, lost about 15 lbs in 2 weeks. I drove myself to a walk in clinic. Should not have been driving I couldn't see very well and was very weak and dizzy. I had looked up symptoms and thought it might be sugar related. I asked the doctor to do a finger stick he refused and took blood work and sent me on my way. I went back to work feeling completely drained and sick. My husband talked to a diabetic buddy at work about what was going on. He gave Bob his glucose monitor to bring home to check my sugar. I was at 400.
Went to the ER and was diagnosed. The next day I received an urgent voicemail from that doctor to get to the office immediately. duh! I waited like 3 days before returning his calls. I figured I'd let him sweat for a while.
I followed up with an internist who diagnosed me with T2. Went through 4 or 5 docs before being properly diagnosed with Type1.
By reading these stories, I see it's pretty commonly misdiagnosed. It seems to me it would be standard procedure to do the proper tests as soon as a diabetes diagnosis is given. So as to avoid misdiagnosis.

joemonzo08 2013-08-20 09:59:56 -0500 Report

Yeah I did. I lived with one for a little bit and went to school for massage therapy and I knew the difference between the two. And glad to hear everyone is doing well and better :)

hollowed 2013-08-20 09:00:44 -0500 Report

It was Thanksgiving weekend in 1984 when I was diagnosed. I was 10 years old and my mom and I were out of town visiting her friends. I'd lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks. My mom thought I had the flu so she kept giving me Sprite (not diet) and orange juice since I couldn't keep food down. When we went to the local hospital I was diagnosed with Type 1 and my blood sugar was in the mid 700's. I spent a week in that hospital (we were still out of town). Life changed for me that Thanksgiving, but 29 years later I'm loving the pump and watching technology evolve for all of us in the diabetic community!

T.Jachimski 2013-08-20 12:18:08 -0500 Report

Yea my life change with diabetes but I don't regret it . It's life . But it's crazy to hear how much we have improved with treating diabetes

Vanessa Casanova
Vanessa Casanova 2013-08-20 00:24:36 -0500 Report

I'm 19 and I was just diagnosed with type 1 a few days ago while I stayed in the hospital; my blood sugar was close to 600. I want to get a pump but for now I use a pen.

T.Jachimski 2013-08-20 12:15:30 -0500 Report

I just got on the pump . You have to get your blood sugars under control. It's a big responsiblity to have one but it is worth it and so much better for you

locarb 2013-08-19 23:25:00 -0500 Report

I had no idea that BG could even go that high. I assume you were tested at a hospital? I'm so glad to hear you're doing better.

joemonzo08 2013-08-19 21:23:36 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a few months ago for type 1and when they looked at my blood sugar it was 577. I'm sure when they called it was so much higher because I had a milkshake literally five minutes before my doctor called and told me lol.

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