Whats the verdict?

By Lacey888 Latest Reply 2014-06-27 01:47:57 -0500
Started 2014-06-26 02:54:11 -0500

Hello All, I am new here and just newly diagnosed this week. I am 51 yr old female. My biggest fear is that I will die early from this disease. I have a 20 yr old autistic son who I take care of 24/7. I need to be here for him. If I do everything the doctor says can I live to be in my 80's and 90's? Please tell me the truth! I'm not afraid of dieing BUT I am afraid to die and noone be here for my son. Allso i was told by the lady who took my blood that they would try a diet first but he is putting me on metformin I am very confused. Thank you for any and all help! God Bless!

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Lacey888 2014-06-27 01:47:57 -0500 Report

Thank you all! I have already quit sugar and counting carbs and calories. My daughter and I are starting my zumba tape tomorrow. I started metformin today and see the nurse practitioner Monday after that the nutritionist. So I am doing everything I am told to do. Thank you again!

neverlowbg 2014-06-26 18:26:11 -0500 Report

There is a husband and wife in our diabetes support group they are type 1 and have had it since they were teens they are in there 80's now so they had it when all this new technology and medications and education were not around and they have done well

haoleboy 2014-06-26 15:07:38 -0500 Report

The "good" thing about a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes(as opposed to many other chronic diseases) is that you can actually do some very concrete things to prevent (or at the very least significantly delay) its developing more serious symptoms/complications. Metformin is a start as is increasing exercise, losing weight (if needed) and a adopting healthy low carb 'diet'.
The choice is really yours … get busy getting healthy so you can be around to care for your son or …


Trish1480 2014-06-26 14:39:24 -0500 Report

Unfortunately there are no guarantees in life, and it might not even be diabetes that causes your death. I do know that if you are consistently controlling your diabetes through diet, exercise and taking the medicines or insulin you are prescribed, you can have a full and healthy life. Controlling your glucose is not easy, but I wish you all the best! Don't lose hope.

jayabee52 2014-06-26 13:13:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Lacey
Anon brings up a couple of good points. You could live a good long life with diabetes but there are those uncertainties of life that we cannot control. Do you have your legal affairs set up that he can be cared for in the event of your demise? You may wish to start with an insurance policy and set it up to go into a trust fund which is administered by a law office. See your legal advisor for more information as to how something like this may be set up.

God's best to you and your son

James Baker

Anonymous 2014-06-26 11:21:20 -0500 Report

People live with diabetes for years. As I've seen many people on here say, the choice is yours. Now that you are diagnosed you have to make the choice to properly take care of yourself (diet, exercise, medication, etc). But, we are all different and other health issues can add to the diabetic issue. Your chances of dying in a car accident, or walking across the street are as great as dying from diabetic complications if you're taking care of it and yourself properly.

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