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Dave - 23416
By Dave - 23416 Latest Reply 2008-09-30 03:46:40 -0500
Started 2008-09-28 14:39:28 -0500

I was diagnosed with diabetes in may of this year, already had my gall-bladder out,just wanted to know how fast some of these problems start.just wanted to get ready for some of these problems

4 replies

kdroberts 2008-09-30 03:46:40 -0500 Report

Keep your numbers good and lead a generally healthy lifestyle and you may not have any problems. Forget about what might happen, it will drive you crazy.

caspersmama 2008-09-30 03:14:30 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 1990 and this year I had my gallbladder removed. Are they related? My doctor did ot think so. Now I do get kidney stones often like 2-3 a year and he does think it is related to my diabetes. But the funny thing is I only drink water and decaf iced tea with no sweetners. On occasion I drink a diet soda. But I have some kind of drink beside me all day. And I always wondered how anything could be in my system long enough to cause a stone. LOL But as far as starting to have symptoms soon I would thinnk only if you remain high for a long time. I would think the eyesight would be blurry or you can have some kidney problems but one thing about diabetes is it affects every organ in your body and the sooner you are treating it and get in control, the less complications you will have., Good luck to you.

Becca66 2008-09-29 16:49:58 -0500 Report

let's see. i had my gall bladder removed long before the diabetes started. i would have to say that as long as you maintain a low carb diet and take your meds you should be on the right track. but make sure you check your feet daily. i do, and i don't have any trouble with them yet. but it never hurts to check.

GabbyPA 2008-09-29 01:45:14 -0500 Report

Hi Dave,

Well, it really depends on if you have had diabetes for a while and didn't know it until now or if you caught it early. It was actually a complication that made me test, and sure enough I had diabetes. Found out in March of 2008.

Here is the deal. There is not a good answer for your question on a timeline.
I kind of look at it as I am not planning to have any more complications, so I do the best I can to avoid them.

If you are able to keep your levels where they belong and maintain good steady numbers, you can put off complications for a long time; MAYBE.

Sometimes it is just part of your make up that you will suffer from complications right away. Your doctor can tell you what your blood says you are predisposed to.
Example; high cholesterol or blood pressure, he might recommend some steps to get those down to prevent cardio issues. If you have really high sugar levels, there is a chance of eye, nerve and kidney damage. If you are high in proteins, he might be keeping an eye on your kidneys. The type of diabetes you have plays a role in it all as well. Type 1 diabetics have differnt issues than most type 2's.

This list is very extensive...the best thing you can do is get all of your numbers in the ranges they need to be in. Have your doctor make recommendations for your lifestyle that will help you keep a healthy body. If you dwell on it too much, it will make you nuts, stress you out, and eventually, you will become what you fear's a trap.

Your best defense is keeping a positive attitude. That helps you overcome the really crummy days and gives you fight on the good days. It isn't going to change overnight. One step will lead to the next. Your focus is to keep the numbers good, the rest will be what it is. Don't put your energy into worry, put it into management and you will do great.

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