I just joined this group today and wanted to introduce myself. I didn't see anywhere else to do this, so if I'm in the wrong place, I hope the moderators can move me.
I was diagnosed as a Type 2 almost 2 years ago. I was not a happy camper and didn't understand where it came from. As far as I knew, we didn't have diabetes in our family. Heart disease and cancer, yes, but diabetes? It was never ever mentioned in our house, so where did this horrible thing come from.
Well, right around the same time, I found a cousin on Facebook and as we were getting to know each other, I found out that he was diagnosed with Type 2 about six years before me. He thought it was only on his mother's side; well, now he has it on both sides. His father and my mother were brother and sister. He didn't know his father that well growing up, but I did. His parents divorced when he and his brother were very very young. So I guess it was in my family, I just didn't know it.
I've spent a lot of time beating myself up over this diagnosis. My doctor assures me that I didn't eat my way to diabetes - still have a hard time believing that. He said yes, my weight does play a part in it - really, so then my eating does play a role in it. I have always been a huge eater of chocolate/snacks and drinking regular sodas. I've cut back on the chocolate and snacks and am trying to transition to healthier foods, but giving up the soda has been the hardest part. I don't like tea, so that won't help; plain water I drink at my part-time job at Walmart while running a register, but when I'm not at Walmart and I'm either home or here at my full-time job, it is so hard not to drink soda. I need the caffeine, so I drink Mt. Dew (hate the diet version with a passion). I've tried Diet Dr. Pepper, but it gets boring.
I feel like a sugar addict and don't know how to totally stop. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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