What advice would you give to a 21 year old with diabetes??

By roshy Latest Reply 2009-02-23 10:17:49 -0600
Started 2009-02-22 18:01:48 -0600

So !! friends i have just turned 21 and i need solid advice from those who have lived with diabetes and understand the changes, the effects, the highs and lows it can bring!

What is your best way with dealing with the condition?

What has helped you in the past and if you were 21 again is there anything you would of done differently??

What do you wish someone advised or told you at some stage in your life?

Diabetes has not been my friend for the past 5 years and its time now i take responsibility for it!!

I want to make the changes now so one day i can say "well i really tried my best and im glad i changed when i did!!"

Thanks everyone! x x x

5 replies

noel7 2009-02-23 10:17:49 -0600 Report

You are young,so it should be easy for you to stay active.Watch what you eat of cause.If you eat something that`s not good for you,which you will because you are young stay active after that.Take long walk,workout stuff like that so that you burn it out.But most of all try to watch what you.

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Meridian - 26751 2009-02-23 08:31:58 -0600 Report


The first advice I would give you is that your actions today define your future.

With diabetes being a progressive disease it really does matter what you eat today, how much you exercise today, how much you learn about the disease today, and how much extra insulin you have to take to keep your numbers in check today. That extra slice of cake today may not be more than a blip on your glucose testing meter, but in 50 years the cumulative effect of extra slices of cake over the years may mean the difference between recovering or not recovering from pneumonia or a bladder infection, or …well, you get the picture.

The rest of your life is about how to live a longer, better, happier, and more healthy life. It's also about learning how to not give up or give in.

Roshy, you have a spirit about you that gives the rest of us courage and determination to deal with our disease. I hope we can do the same for you.


2009-02-23 08:14:10 -0600 Report

Roshy dear… the first thing I will say at your 'tender' age is don't let Diabetes define you… You are Roisin not Diabetty!! Eat properly, whole foods not processed junk (most of the time), nutritious foods, get some exercise as often as you can, take your insulin when you are supposed to and most of all and most important.. Keep that wonderful sense of humor you have. You'll have a long happy life and if you put your health needs first you can accomplish that. :)


dyanne 2009-02-23 00:30:20 -0600 Report

Well first of all Happy Birthday Roshy !!!!! I hope you enjoyed it. I myself am type 2 and was not at your age. My only advise is to keep it as under control as possible so you are less likely to have any bad effects later on. Just live your life as you would and know that everyone has something they have to deal with… and it could always be worse right??? You seem to have it under control … just stay as positive as you seem to be !!!!
hugs dyanne

rbergman 2009-02-22 18:23:05 -0600 Report

I myself am not the best role model, I did fine at first, then I just sort of gave up and quit worrying about it, didn't take my meds, didn't check my levels, ate ALL the wrong things ALL the time etc…I'm more of an example of what NOT to do. I've said it before and I'll say it again, had my daughter not been diagnosed I probably would continue down the wrong path but she was my wake-up call and only recently did i buckle down and get back to doing the right things, through this experience I have learned a lot about how diabetes has changed, or rather, treating it has changed, I had been taught the NO SUGAR way of treating it and it sucked. Carb counting was a foreign language to me, but just since our daughter was diagnosed I have learned so much, and a lot of what I learned came from this site, or gave me the questions to ask a doctor or dietitian.

I'm so glad you have decided to also buckle down and do the right thing, you are young and though you may have swayed your back on the right track and you can do this I'm sure of it.

Read up on everything, diet, meds, exercise, emotions, BG levels, all of it. The internet is a good research place, not everything on the internet is true but you'll learn to find the helpful stuff out there.
Make a list of questions to ask at your next dr. appt., be honest about everything to do with your diabetes with the doctors, hiding things or lying isn't going to help you any. Find a diet plan that works for you and discuss it with your PCP or whomever you see for your diabetes. Take classes, most towns and communities offer them, check with the hospital see if they have classes on diabetes and diet. We have to travel to get to ours but they are out there and ours are set up at the same time we visit the Endo so it's all done in one trip because we are further away. If you don't have insurance and paying for meds is an issue, ask the doc for samples to get you by for awhile, if you feel your meter is outdated doctors have them on hand as well, don't be afraid to ask if they think yours needs replaced and if they have one to give you.
I get newsletter emails from several sites on diabetes, its where a lot of my posts information comes from in the news section and some here in discussions as well.
Quality Health is a good one, as is Managing Diabetes, Healthy Outcomes has a whole slew of informative video's and training on meds and supplies plus you earn points there for free stuff…no strings attached except watching video's or reading material and taking short survey's. And of course, this site, first hand experiences from other diabetics can be very helpful, sure none of us are exactly alike but we do experience a lot of the same symptoms, levels, ups and downs and family issues in general. It all sounds like a lot of work but I thought that way too but now most of it is like second nature to me and I find it is getting easier and better all the time.