Blown away by how many young people have diabetes!!

By leolioness Latest Reply 2012-09-14 21:53:03 -0500
Started 2010-10-01 20:34:27 -0500

I am so amazed at the number of youthful people in this network of those diagnosed with diabetes. My own diagnoses came at the age of 58, which I thought was a part of the ageing process (becoming inactive, etc), but I have been very surprised to see so many of you in your 20's, 30's, and 40's with the same condition. My heart goes out to you of youth, for this is something that you will have to deal with for the rest of your lives!

18 replies

samantha.d 2012-09-14 21:36:34 -0500 Report

Im 16 and just got diagnosed with type 1 .. I thought it would have been triggered by my un healthy eating but when i asked my doc she said it wasnt anything to do with how i ate.. But i cant stop thinking my unhealthy eating did have an impact as all i used to drink was coke and mc donalds!!!!

jayabee52 2012-09-14 21:53:03 -0500 Report

Listen to your Dr.

Type 1 comes from your pancreas being destroyed or close to being destroyed by an auto immune response where your immune system gets the impression that your Beta cells (which produces insulin) is a foreign body and attacks those beta cells. I could also be due to mechanical issues like needing to remove your pancreas because of cancer, or being involved in an automobile or other accident.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-18 17:46:06 -0500 Report

I was 54 when diagnoses approx 6 years ago. And I am sorry to say, yes I will have to deal with this the rest of my life. It has been hard for me since before I was rarely even sick. But I will do my best to live to be 100. With Gods Blessings

GabbyPA 2010-10-02 14:26:18 -0500 Report

Yes, I was 46 when I was diagnosed and I hope that I live with it for another 40 years or so. Maybe by then I will have it figured out. LOL!

pkwillhoite 2011-05-19 13:10:10 -0500 Report

I so agree with you on that comment.. Seem like I get something about it understood then there is a whole new thing to fix with this disease.. Its just never ending of learning..

GabbyPA 2011-05-20 15:45:47 -0500 Report

That's okay when my mind is like a sponge when I was young. Now it's like a porous rock...more bounces off than sinks in I think.

realsis77 2010-10-02 10:31:31 -0500 Report

Hi thats what my dr said. He said i was too young too have this. It just goes to show you this disease can and does affect all people without discrimnation to young or old

realsis77 2010-10-02 10:28:51 -0500 Report

Maybe it had something to do with our food now days. It is scarry and its a tough disease to deal

GabbyPA 2010-10-02 14:29:25 -0500 Report

Oh, that is such a topic I would love to get into. I do believe that there is a lot of it caused or triggered by the GMO foods that we eat in almost everything. It is horrible that we are being tested on with these things. My largest suspect is GMO corn and corn products that creep into nearly every thing from food to baby powder. Once you open that Pandora's box, beware!

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-05-18 00:13:38 -0500 Report

What's GMO stand for?

GabbyPA 2011-05-19 07:09:13 -0500 Report

Genetically Modified Organisms (food) Many of our crops now have pesticides put into the seed to make the plant resistant to bugs...we are eating that! Some have been modified to make sweeter fruits or bigger veggies. That is not always a bad thing, but often it is not done to improve the plant, but improve the bottom line of the producer. Most of our multi productive crops such as corn, beets and soy beans have been modified in these ways. Those crops fill more of your grocery store shelves than you may realize and that is what is changing how our bodies manage what we eat. I strongly believe there is a link between "Monster foods" and the increase in diseases such as diabetes.

PAT L 2010-10-02 09:37:13 -0500 Report

I read some place that the USA has the highist amount of diabetics with canada the second.. They said in the report that our food suppys have more chemicals than any other country. Which as I see it that the chemicals they put in food is causing a lot of people to come down with our problems for our bodys will not take the chemicals an still work like it should. They also add over 5 chemical to our water suppy an they only tell us about 2. Just thought you might watch what you give the kids because it could be part of a bigger problem…

kdroberts 2010-10-02 10:29:08 -0500 Report

Nah, the number in the US is not even close to some countries, I think India has almost double the amount and China has a massive number. I don't think Canada is even in the top 20. The WHO publishes stats every year and there was a big analysis done the US in 2007. They are both pretty easy to find using Google.

bicker68 2010-10-01 23:34:45 -0500 Report

I was 35 when I was diagnosed with type 2 that was 7 years ago, but knew I would get it eventually I was just hoping it would be later in life. I had Gestational diabetes when I was pregnant at 30, so I guess I was lucky to be sugar free for those 5 years. Diabetes runs on both sides of my Family, I just pray that my son don't get it, he's 12 now and I'm going to get him in to get tested.
My husband was diagnosed with it a month ago and he's 52.

kdroberts 2010-10-01 22:22:43 -0500 Report

While it is true that the % of people with diabetes goes up with age, there are significant numbers in the 0-19 and 20-39 ranges. Weirdly I was looking at statistics earlier today and found that in a 2007 report (latest available) the estimates were 0.2% of 0-19 year olds and about 3% of 20-39 year olds have diabetes.

mo91108 2010-10-01 21:23:56 -0500 Report

Yea I understand fully, I was diagnosed 6 months ago at the age 19 and I just met a kid on here who was diagnosed at 16 it's a terrible thing but it only makes us stronger people and more responsible

- Monica

Harlen 2010-10-01 21:11:35 -0500 Report

Thats the way life runs you just got to deal with it
There are a lot of other things that are much harder on your bod then D
You can make it work with other things you can not.
Best wishes

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