Caused type 2 diabetes

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2015-03-30 23:35:30 -0500
Started 2014-10-18 22:21:37 -0500

Does anyone else feel that they caused their type 2 diabetes? I don't tell people anymore because I feel I get judged. I don't know how many times I have been told that if I would have eaten better and exercised more I would not be in this situation. Actually, that is far from the truth. I have always led a healthy lifestyle. How do you respond to these people??

35 replies

Chopstix 2015-03-30 23:07:05 -0500 Report

Where shall I start? My grandmother was a Type 1 and her son, my dad, was Type 2 insulin dependent. My sister is a Type 2 and I'm Type 2. My ancestors are of African and Native American descent. I live in the South and drove a truck over-the-road from 1991-2013. Must have been bound to happen at some point. The good thing is through self education and determination I was able to get off of pills and then insulin. Since the government said I have a damaged heart and shouldn't be driving a big truck I have been able to practice my culinary skills to the delight of my wife.

oink66 2014-11-10 00:38:10 -0600 Report

11/09/14, I'm sure that I contributed myself to the making, but for the most part I believe diabetes is an inheritance. I remember distinctly about the age of 14 or 15 I was sitting in the living room floor watching t.v. and my big toe was itching fearlessly and I began to drag my toe across the carpet because the itch was so en tense. My 80 something yr old grandmother said! "That's a sign of diabetes" 30 something years later here it is. As for back as I can remember?! I saw my great auntie ' s taking insulin injections in their stomachs and thighs.

D. Jon
D. Jon 2014-11-08 20:08:07 -0600 Report

I believe 3 main factors causing diabetes: environment pollution (may contaminate foods and waters), genetic and sweet especially sports drinks. That is why recent years the diabetics population is booming in 3rd world countries like India and China.

GabbyPA 2014-10-31 01:57:35 -0500 Report

My dad was like that. He grew up on a farm, we always camped and were a fairly active family growing up. He looked healthy, was in the army and not overweight. He was the last person I would "expect" to get diabetes. But he was the first in his family. We have not found other family members on his side of the family that had it.

Then boom...all of us ended up with it. My mom did too, but I think she had a grandparent who had it. So that is the genetic part of it all.

I felt guilty at first. Specially since I fit the "fat people get diabetes" profile. But as I researched more and found that often it's the predisposition to diabetes in my genes that may have lead to my weight issues and then my thyroid issues, then just turned into diabetes. It helped me see that while I may have accelerated it with some lifestyle choices, it's not really a blame game. Just like not all lung cancer is caused by smoking and not everyone who smokes gets lung cancer.

I don't usually spend too much time trying to explain to people the complexities of diabetes. They are most likely going to think I use it as an excuse anyway. I educate if I can, and just walk away if it's not worth my efforts.

BreC 2014-10-29 18:14:05 -0500 Report

My mother and father were diabetic so I think mine was inherited. Maybe I could have eaten better but that isn't always the answer. I know my weight wasn't the trigger because I have weighed 120 and below since I was 15. People who don't understand diabetes are quick to judge.

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-28 22:02:14 -0500 Report

By letting them know that you are a Health Nut. So the diagnosis thru you for a curve ball. Also mention that Halle Berry is a diabetic. Look how healthy she is. Hugs

Pegsy 2014-10-28 10:31:37 -0500 Report

I can't say that I caused it but I surely didn't do what I could have to prevent it. I was warned in my teens that I was at risk of developing diabetes later in my life. I was warned to watch my diet and stay active. At the time I was young, active and weighed 97 lbs! Needless to say, marriage and two babies later I was obese, inactive and eating like it didn't matter. For that I only have myself to blame in that the switch was flipped. But on the up side…that diabetes diagnosis turned my life around. I am as healthy as I can be right now through proper diet, exercise weight loss and medication. I had hoped that the switch would flip back after weight loss but in my case, it did not. I don't concern myself with what other people think or say about it. It is what it is. I am very fortunate that I don't have people in my life who blame me or try to make me feel ashamed.

MaxieFo 2014-10-25 13:09:05 -0500 Report

I do not let what others think define how I feel about myself. Both of my parents have/had diabetes and neither of them were ever overweight. I knew because of this that my siblings and I had a higher risk factor of also getting diabetes.

I have been eating healthy for over five years, and have never been a person that is not moving either by doing some kind of traditional exercise, one of my many hobbies or working; which required constant movement. So, I know first hand that it is not always because of a poor diet, lack of exercise or being overweight.

Karyn Seiders
Karyn Seiders 2014-10-25 09:13:24 -0500 Report

This is a foot in the door to explain more clearly what diabetes is. People tend to gravitate to the sugar and weight issue not realizing that skinny people and people who live healthy lives get diabetes as well. It comes down to how our bodies metabolize food. Also, I remind them that there are millions of people walking around that have diabetes and don't know it. And it could be them.

spiritscript 2014-10-24 11:42:28 -0500 Report

Yes! I DO get judged, even by my doctors. I had a minor same day surgery a few years ago that threw me into Diabetes, type 2. Along with MANY other diagnoses. I have to take Prednisone everyday and now my antidepressant seems to be raising my bs as well. I am sick and sick of being judged regardless of HOW I got diabetes!!!

jayabee52 2014-10-25 02:55:20 -0500 Report

Howdy Spirit
I believe it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said "No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent".

Don't let the "judges" get to you and get you down. You can rise above it!

God's best to you

Carol2399 2014-10-23 19:45:31 -0500 Report

It is not caused by sugar intake. The main causes are: Heredity,poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise, and I suppose old age. I think most are caused by lifestyle.

Chopstix 2015-03-30 23:23:34 -0500 Report

That's one of the problems being an over-the-road truck driver. After being diagnosed in 2005 as Type 2 I had to force myself to make changes in my diet and find safe places to walk for exercise. Most shippers, receivers won't let you walk around the property. In 2011 I took my last diabetes pill and I keep from doing that again through diet and exercise. Most of my food either came from home or I went grocery shopping before leaving. I found several books that have helped and I have been able to help other drivers. I've had four doctors since being diagnosed and the 1st and 3d I won't talk about. And I don't like Diabetes Police… ;-)

sugar lady
sugar lady 2014-10-23 14:34:04 -0500 Report

i understand what you are saying i was fine with my diabetes until i started having trouble with my lung. i started taking large doses of steriods for that and before i got out of the hospital i was told i was diabetic and was put on pill and i keep getting sicker with my lung and eventuly wand up on insulin and was considered type two now i have to watch my diet daily even though i had a lung transplant and take a very low dose of steriods but they say it is very hereditary and my mother and several sibellings have it sorry if i rambeled but i hope this helped

andy1979 2014-10-23 05:08:01 -0500 Report

we could all say that by amount of crappy foods eaten or times got drunk with friends. fact is we have a condition we have to live with, people can go and f*** themselves, it aint their place to judge.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-22 16:56:07 -0500 Report

Hi, I have been asked questiions by people if being in a wheel
chair caused my diabetes. I suppose it's due to lack of excersise.
I've also been asked is it possible my weight caused the situation.
I usually reply with something like this. Do you feel that when the Lord was passing out brains and you thought he said train and left? 'Cause man your stupid…then I leave. Works every
time. Of course I say what's on my mind. Siome would say "I have no filters."whatever that is supposed to be. LOL Just an
idea, but it does work.
Sending prayers for you and yours
Hugs, VL 0 2014-10-22 13:48:22 -0500 Report

My whole family has Diabetes, my Grandmother on my fathers side was jovanal type-1 diabetic. All of my family didn't get diabetes untill we were older, we were all boaderline diabetic's. I can say, "it runs in the family"! We were destine to become diabetic's. Do you know if anyone in your family has diabetes? I was active,but when I broke/fractured one of my ankles and was in a cast for nine weeks,I became less active and I feel that if that would have not happened maybe it would have not brought on my diabetes. My doctor wants me to be more active but I have so many other medical problems that keeps me from being active! So, my doctor has been trying to convinse me to get a lap ban or something like that. She had it done and said,"if I get it done I wouldn't be a diabetic any longer! And she told me, "I wouldn't have high blood pessure,high colesteral and that I wouldn't have to take all the medications I am takeing. Maybe that may all go away or maybe it won't. I will keep trying to be active and to eat the right things, more veggies than carbs, more whole fruits than fruit juices and take my blood sugars as often as my doctor wants me too! Just taking little step at a time and working my way up to bigger steps. You did not cause yourself to become a diabetic, it just may be in your gen's.

asmanitu07 2014-10-21 12:18:44 -0500 Report

Wow, I'm really learning a lot here! Keep up the good work. One thing I'd like to know more of are natural remedies for diabetes. Do any of them really work or am I stuck taking insulin for the rest of my life? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and best of luck.

Chopstix 2015-03-30 23:33:52 -0500 Report

I use diet and exercise along with apple cider vinegar(acv), cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, garlic. Magnesium, flaxseed oil have been very good friends to my system. Just remember what works for someone else may not work for you. You have to find your own combination. I found what works for me through trial and error and you will most likely have to do the same. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions. The best of health to you…

jayabee52 2014-10-21 18:23:40 -0500 Report

Howdy Asmanitu
I had been on NPH (medium acting) insulin for about 4 years when I accidentlly discovered I was able to control my type 2 by what I ate and avoided eating. Admittedly I was on what I call a "baby dose" of insulin as compared to my late wife and her mother who were injecting 60 u and 80 u of NPH respectively and were also injecting R and Aspart on a sliding scale devised by their Endo. I have been on a modified form of my eating plan for 3 + yrs and am doing well on it. At first I had BG (blood glucose) levels in the normal (80 to 130 mg/dl) range and had an A1c of 5.5, and over the first 5 months I lost 65 lbs. I would have lost more but I felt like I was losing too much fat and was looking gaunt in the face, So I added a bit more fat to my meal plan and the weight loss stopped. I am now at around 170 lbs. If this might be of interest to you, please ask and I will send you a link to the meal plan on which it is based.

God's best to you and yours


Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-10-21 06:19:43 -0500 Report

Type 2 is caused by genetics and those can be switched on by lifestyle. For me, I lived around diabetes. My dad, 2 uncles, grandmother, and cousin has it. I knew when I was a kid I would get diabetes in my late 30's. Because of that I ate as much sweets as I could while I still could. I knew one day I would not be able to enjoy them. Was it the genes or diet that caused my diabetes? I don't know nor do I worry about it. I can only live in the here and now.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-22 12:47:14 -0500 Report

Hi Shawn,
you have the right idea. Whether it's genetics or your body
just stopped making its own insulin ( your pancreas pooped out)
it just doesn't matter. You are what you are. You have to live yoir life to the best to your ability. I hope I didn't read between
the lines and you in are taking care of yourself. Have a good
one and to our health.
Hugs, VL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-19 19:36:28 -0500 Report

I would tell them to mind their own business only it would be filled with other words I can't say here. Secondly, I don't care what people say as long as touching isn't involved. Why get upset because some idiot who clearly doesn't know what they are talking about says something stupid.

However, I prefer the middle finger because it keeps me from having to talk to an idiot. Works every time. You have to understand people are going to say things because they have a right to say it. Not responding is the best response.

kimfing 2014-10-19 10:07:39 -0500 Report

i would go back to your childhood and tell them MYOB? :-) i get frustrated when people tell me i don't eat enough cuz they think i am too thin. I ask them do they live with me everyday and see how much i eat?:-)they say no, tell them MYOB until you have walked in my shoes.

jayabee52 2014-10-19 00:59:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon
I tell them to basicly (to put it nicely) "go pound sand" (of course haloeboy's response works too!) Over time one learns that the comments of a few cranks mean little.

I had had a dustup with one such person here on the boards of DC a couple of yrs ago. He suggested that we were at fault because we didn't follow a diabetes friendly lifestyle before we developed diabetes. He tried to guilt us into buying the book he was selling claiming that it cured diabetes.

I studied and found that Type 2 was a disease which was heavily genetic and only after one developed it could one tell if you had the genetics for it. I also looked at the studies he offered propotedly showing that we brought it on ourselves. But there were inconsistencies in those studies which called them into serious doubt.

God's best to you


haoleboy 2014-10-18 22:51:22 -0500 Report

I usually respond with my middle finger.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-19 19:36:22 -0500 Report

I have at times used both hands in case they didn't get it with one hand. However, that is when my evil twin is out and about.

haoleboy 2014-10-19 19:53:02 -0500 Report

LOL … one of my therapy goals has been to be able to flip the bird with my left hand (I have actually promised to post video on Facebook when it happens), 'cause sometimes one just ain't enough.


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