28 and type 2 diabetic

By youngdiabetic Latest Reply 2014-08-13 02:41:09 -0500
Started 2014-07-10 11:22:10 -0500

Hi i am 28 yrs old and type 2 diabetic. My a1c was 13 at time of diagnosis but now it is 6.4. I hear about early deaths due to this condition. Will I reach my 80s if I take proper care of myself? I am yet to start a family life and want to see my children getting married. Please help.

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tgmore 2014-08-13 02:41:09 -0500 Report

I am going on 49 yrs. Been Diabetic since 2003. My Grnd-ma was type 2 before there were personal G/L testing.

She only had test strips for sugar levels in urine. An ketone test strips. She lived to 91yrs .

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-10 19:47:25 -0500 Report

If you are wanting someone to say yes, that is not going to happen. No one can predict how long anyone is going to live. If you learn all you can, manage your diabetes, you can have an enjoyable life.

I have been diabetic for 6 years and at 60. I have never wondered how long I am going to live. I could put it at 80 and fall down the steps and break my neck. I am more concerned with living than dying.

Type1Lou 2014-07-10 13:04:12 -0500 Report

Learn as much as you can about diabetes and how to control it. My advice would be to become "Carbohydrate Aware"; that means knowing how many carbs is in each item you put into your mouth. Carbs are the primary cause of high BG's. If you need to lose weight, lowering the amount of carbs you eat per day will help you drop the excess pounds. A starting point would be to calculate the carbs that you consume daily…each one of us has different requirements. I'm a 5'3", 120 lb 65-year old moderately active female and limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day. My last A1c was 6.8 and I expect the next one in August to be lower. Well-managed diabetes need not inhibit you from leading a full and rewarding life. I've had diabetes since age 27 and never felt it limited me.

HelloKristi 2014-07-10 11:28:11 -0500 Report

You can!! Just take really good care of yourself!! It's not easy finding the right balance of foods but the more info you can get the better! Be kind to your circulatory system and watch for pain, numbness and tingling in hands and feet. If you have issues with it call your doc!!