In Reflection, Can you recognize when you became Diabetic?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2011-03-23 16:57:29 -0500
Started 2011-03-02 20:02:56 -0600

In reflection, can you remember when you became Diabetic? Not when you were diagnosed but when changes started happening? As I look back on these two weeks today of being diagnosed, it does not take me to look much further to when the telltale signs suddenly were there. Armed with the education I have received, and with help from my Diabetes family here, I can now put my hand on the time line.

I was headed towards this road, with daily meals of high Carb items which led to weight problems, so anyone would think I had it for a long time. 6 weeks ago I was sick, fever, lungs, throat, and double middle ear infections without any sign of getting better, regardless of antibiotics, vitamins, & you name it. It was then I got a terrible thirst drinking one cup of cold water after another. I thought it was the fever but now know it was not. The bathroom was became my friend. I craved and drank almost a gallon of orange juice daily. I ballooned another 25 pounds in 3 weeks. Diabetes had hit and my life changed just as all of yours changed.
I grieved at first, cried and called anyone I thought might care. I found all of you…

In reflection, Can you look back and recognize when you became Diabetic?

37 replies

nastasia36 2011-03-23 16:33:25 -0500 Report

Diabetes runs in my family so I have always been careful of what I eat and my A1c had always been in the good range (6-6.5). On Feb. 13, 2011 I was admitted to the hospital with a collapsing airway, and the iv steroids and other medication they gave me to open and keep open the airway raised my blood sugar into the 500's and my A1c tested out at 9.5 (three months earlier on routine tests it was 6.5) So really before the hospital stay I can't say I had any symptoms but since leaving the hospital (and just getting off another two week burst of steroids/insulin) I find myself dying of heat/sweats, passing out when not really tired, and having issues with my eyesight. I have not had any issues with numbness or other sensation issues yet *knock wood*.

As a larger person people always assumed I was diabetic so now when they ask I can say yes I am, but not for want of trying to keep it away. It will be a few more months before my doctor can say for sure if I will stay a type 2 or become a type 1 as she is not sure what the steroids did to the functioning of my pancreas and won't until my body is at a normal (steroid-free) state for a time.

For now I take Metformin 1000 ER twice a day and 2 mg of Amaryl once a day. Officially even though I have a genetic predisposition to the disease my diagnosis is Steroid induced diabetes.

The scariest thing associated with diabetes for me so far has been waking up in the middle of the night to use the toilet and feeling 'off' and testing my blood glucose and finding it at 50 one time and 45 another. Of course that scares my husband more, as he's afraid I'll just not wake up at all, but so far both times the cat has annoyed me into waking up, and then once I'm awake my body is always I have to go potty so its worked out. Yes my doctor is aware, and its why I have a two carb serving snack as part of my diet plan at 9pm.

Otherwise I find it to be more annoying than anything else, as I was never a good eater and having to eat 3 times a day plus a snack is irritating (other than the weight loss that regular meals seem to bring). There is no way I could eat once a day now, or skip a day of eating.

pixsidust 2011-03-23 16:57:29 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing. The moment we changed and our bodies gave us the label of diabetic, we began the daily struggles to be who we are today. We carry a heavier load than most with all the complications, extra symptoms and again and again we show what we are worth under adversity. We need to give ourselves a hand for every success and forgive ourselves our failures. Welcome here. I consider it an honor to be your friend

MewElla 2011-03-09 13:42:41 -0600 Report

I remember of having a complete physical in December 2009 and every test came back normal; however, within a month in January, I was feeling exhausted, anxious, slightly blurred vision, very thirsty, hungry for chocolate(I don't normally ever eat this but I really craved this) could not sleep at nights and just feeling off my game. Finally, after spending my life getting rid of all the fluids, I made appt on 2-11-10. I just did not feel good, more lab tests run and diagnosis..diabetes..Dr said he caught it early and I was completely devasted, sick, worried as I remember how many severe complications my late husband had and I knew this was facing me. Life was and has been completely different for me since that day that is etched into my mind 2-11-10, about 9:30 a.m. when I got call from the dr.

Nonna2Three 2011-03-09 12:18:55 -0600 Report

I developed Diabetes, certainly, between April 13, 2010 and January 17, 2011 because my BS was 96 in April 2010 and was 612 in January 2011.

As for recognizable symptoms I started having hypoglycemic episodes about 6 months before I was diagnosed - I had excessive tiredness for about a month before my Dx - excessive thirst for about 2 weeks before my Dx and blurred vision (to the point I had to be within 24 inches of a 22" PC monitor and was no longer safe behind the wheel of a car) for less than a week before my Dx.

My doctor stated that I had Diabetes for more than 2 weeks in response to a question asked or a comment made by my husband the day of my Dx. Of course I later understood his reply was based on my A1c being 12.46.

So, recognizing when? I can say, with what I now know about Diabetes, that I recognize symptoms from about July 2010 (six months before my Dx) - I just did not know they were symptoms of Diabetes. I actually suspected, at that time, that I was Hypoglycemic. Which, to me, was a reasonable assumption since my daughter was Dx'd Hypoglycemic 15 years ago and my granddaughter was Dx'd Hypoglycemic in November 2010 and I was having Hypoglycemic episodes. A reasonable assumption, in my humble opinion.

pixsidust 2011-03-09 12:44:50 -0600 Report

I am now remembering that my feet were also tender to walk on without shoes.
I remember back the things I now know were symptoms, but did not know then.

courtcat79 2011-03-06 18:47:54 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed when I was 14 I didn't have any symptoms at first. I was always an active kid always out doors running and playing like any normal kid. After a while I would come in and drink like water was going out of style and the world was going to lose its supply of water. I would then have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom and couldn't go by 5 feet away from the bathroom door until it was time for me to go again. I went in to my doctors for what I thought was an ear infection and I told him about my non stop water drinking, when months prior you wouldn't catch me dead drinking it. He asked me a few questions and said, I needed to go get blood work. I went and got the blood work and the glucose tolerance test done and sure enough, I was diabetic. I was upset cause I grew up around friends that had type 1 and I really didn't want to have to live like they did. It scared me to no end and I ended up going through the denial phase that lasted way too long. Now that I look back at all the years I could have done things differently and wonder why I didn't. Why was it so hard for me to listen to my doctors, why did I just let things go in one ear and out the other? I was stubborn. I still am. I see how I am today now that my sugars are way too low, when in the past they were way too high. I don't know how I did it. Always walking around un-phased by the fact that my sugars were points away from what I like to call "Diabetic LaLa Land" (Coma).
I see my friends who eat like I did when I was younger and I can't help but tell them that they need to change their lifestyle and how and what they eat. I don't want to see anyone get diabetes. Its terrible. The constant lifestyle change that I'm not too sure anyone quite gets used to. The counting carbs when all you were before you were diagnosed was a carb junkie. People telling you that you can't eat this or that. It does get old and most of the time I still feel like throwing in the towel and calling it quits. Its hard to deal with and at times I do the whole "Why me" thing. I guess no one really has control over what happens to you. Though what you eat and what you do plays a role, but its also genetics. It has been and always will be a constant struggle with me.

Art Loving
Art Loving 2011-03-06 18:35:44 -0600 Report

I've given it some thought and I can't really say I had many symptoms. I was urinating a lot and I was drinking a lot of coffee and water. I told my doctor my father was diabetic when he died. They couldn't control his blood sugar in the hospital. He lost a leg above the knee. His arteries in both legs were blocked. He was 94 when he died. My 96-year-old mother still denies he was diabetic. But, it's not unlike her to feel guilty if one of us possibly inherited an illness. So, I feel my doctor was proactive in diagnosing it. I've been going in for 6-month lab work for years. as I mentioned before I have peripheral neuropathy from a neck fracture in 2003, a high school football injury that caught up to me. Although not exactly a blessing, diabetes was the"shot across the bow." I and my wife eat healthier now. And, I'm enjoying a more active lifestyle. I use to use my chronic pain as a reason not to exercise. Now, I do it in spite of the pain. I feel lucky to have my A1C normal last Tuesday. But, I owe it to early diagnosis and much effort on my part.

pixsidust 2011-03-06 19:31:14 -0600 Report

You are still a fine young man.

The things this disease can do to us is horrible. Worse than all the
watching combined. You are still a fine young man. Each day all of us must make the right choices for life. We can still work, have families and live to a ripe old age. (My diabetic Grandpa lived to 86). We live in an imperfect world. God did not choose for you to have Diabetes but all the groundwork of genes, eating and Diabetes chose you. It chose all of us.

pixsidust 2011-03-06 19:30:33 -0600 Report

Hooray for your reading! Hooray for more time with the woman you love!
How lucky you are to still have Mom! You learned from seeing your Dad suffer. MY prayers are that you never see the same

lrichetts 2011-03-05 12:20:55 -0600 Report

I don't know how long I have been a diabetic. I was diagnosed
two month ago. No doctor before the I started using, the one I am with
now, diagnosed me with anything, My doctor as of late diagnosed me
as having High blood pressure And High Cholesterol and on top of
that I am Diabetic. Who would have thunk! I thought I was in good
health. My life has changed very much for for the good. I follow
the rules of these deceases, I was 215 lbs. two month ago and now I am
185 my target is 175 because my frame is 6'1. I don't know if I can reach
that but I will stay on my no sugar and salt diet, and processed foods.
hope all is well with all of you good people

One Love

pixsidust 2011-03-06 13:05:46 -0600 Report

You are in great shape! Handsome too!

lrichetts 2011-03-06 16:52:56 -0600 Report

Thank you! but right now I am a little under the weather I can't seem to
get my sugar and blood pressure to acceptable levels they have been spiking
High than low, at my age 61 this is bad I thought about seeing my doctor
Friday and deciided not to, BIG MIstake and now I am paying for it. You came
trust me on this. that will never happen again. I plan on seeing him first thing
Monday. I am a computer tech. and if my eyes and mind are not in sync, my
world turns upside down. The quality life is so important, may you have that
quality with Gods divine interference.

Hope you weekend went well.
We all shall overcome this Diseases

One Love

FYI, Wish this world would love one another more

Anonymous 2011-03-05 09:56:58 -0600 Report

Posted this for a friend who requested it

I was diagnosed in my early 50's. I began to get really thirsty, did not feel good and went to the doctor. My biggest advocate is my husband Craig who makes my meals and tries to be creative. I am doing well because of it

pixsidust 2011-03-05 09:46:38 -0600 Report

I remember my grandpa who raised me with grandma discovered his diabetes at the same age as myself
All his cravings, weight and cross attitudes made sense. After going on the diet, he dropped weight quickly and the smile he had came back. I remember seeing him come to my school in sixth grade and thinking how well he was doing and now I am finding my own sense of well.

bizzach 2011-03-04 15:33:35 -0600 Report

I gained weight and had an unconrollable need for water for about 3 months before, i got pnemonia and blood work showed i was diabetic, at first i wasnt very shocked it runs in my family, then it hit me with all the meds and insulin. Its been 6 years now.

pixsidust 2011-03-04 13:06:37 -0600 Report

I lived uner the illusion I could take off the weight as I did once before through the adkins diet But one more box of Mac and Cheese had to be eaten. Had I just stopped…

tabby9146 2011-03-04 10:45:58 -0600 Report

yes you are devastated by the diagnosis, at least I was, and there can be other feelings like anger, sometimes blaming yourself, being too hard on ourselves, etc. I got past most of that, except sometimes I am still saying what if, if only I had changed my diet and started exercising years earlier. I do blame myself completely in my case, I believe I could have avoided it. I do not know exactly when diabetes started, but I know it had to be some time after my daughter was born in 2001. I had gained a lot of weight with her, and they checked me for gestational diabetes, which it turns out, I did not have. I did not have diabetes before the pregnancy, because I got a check up at my OBGYN every year and got my finger pricked. But I know it wasn't long, it happened shortly, because I can look back to about 2002/2003, and remember feeling sluggish, tired easily at times, thinking older age, lack of exercise, not always eating well, that was it I thought and then the occasional light headed spells. I rushed to my doctor with one bad but brief spell like that, when I was at work. I had a decent breakfast as alwys, but sometimes I wanted a snack between b'fast and lunch, so I had this piece of fruit (I was always trying to lose weight) and I had to sit down, once I got up, I was so dizzy, it scared me. She put the heart things on me, and checked and did not seem concerned but said if it ever happened again, to come back, Well, if she had set me up for that fasting glucose test, this was yeasr ago, I do believe that perhaps I would have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or it might have been caught even earlier, years earlier. I will never know.

tabby9146 2011-03-04 10:48:24 -0600 Report

I really had no other symptoms, I wasn't running to pee often, I never had unusual thirst or weight loss, (weight gain was fast in a few short yrs) but none of the other classic signs. Thank God, there was the light headed and sometimes dizzy spells, otherwise I woud not have been diagnosed early.

pixsidust 2011-03-03 23:10:59 -0600 Report

Your stories are the point in which your lives made a turn
not knowing what you find
Finding more than what you wanted
unsure at times you could handle it
Mixed with personal loss, grief, rejection of a spouse
You faced more than most…

You are the inspiration for those who come after you
lending a hand to the next person
Making the path, just a little easier because you have been there

You are all HEROES.

CaliKo 2011-03-03 15:52:11 -0600 Report

I think it was a slow process for me, so no single point in time comes to mind. I'm one of those people that spent 8 years with 5 pregnancies and just have one surviving child. With all the weight gains and losses, on and off bed rest, pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes, just to mention the highlights, I think my systems were stressed even back then as I struggled to get through a complete pregnancy. I never made it further than 7 months, with my son born at 32 weeks. I did work to get my health back, and it wasn't until my son was 12 that I was diagnosed with diabetes. No big surprise after gestational diabetes and the number of diabetics in my family.

MAYS 2011-03-03 15:03:35 -0600 Report

I was always thin but fit my entire life, my mistake was to ignore the constant pain in my abdomen as a young man while working out and playing sports.
The pains were signs that my pancreas was under stress and working harder due to blockages in the channel of the duct shared by both my pancreas and gall bladder.
Eventually the stress caused damages that slowly began destroying my beta cells.
If only I knew, or was as observant and as knowledgable as I should have been, that was about 25 years ago, although the pains started when I was about 16 years old, off and on.
I was warned of the possibility of diabetes in the early 1990's by my doctor, but I ignored it until my body said "ENOUGH!"
When your body begans to speak, you should listen, if not you will listen later on.


LabRat90 2011-03-03 14:33:27 -0600 Report

My Dad was diabetic most of my life; so I knew how to eat correctly. However, I also LOVE to eat! I had gestational diabetes with both of my children. After each, my doctor was very proactive in checking by blood sugar levels even though I checked them periodically at home also. When my youngest was 2, I was diagnosed. That was in the spring of 1995 - the same year my Dad died of congestive heart failure on Thanksgiving Day. I was 31 then and I'm 47 this year so Ive been diagnosed for 16 years.

jayabee52 2011-03-03 13:27:22 -0600 Report

I think I knew I was Diabetic, about 6 to 9 months before first being officially Dx'd. I was thirsty a lot and had to "drain my radiator" a lot. At one point I worked as a CNA in a hospital setting and came across some strips which turned colors when dipped in urine. As I recall the strip said I was about 300.

Our little family was struggling financially, & we didn't have & ciouldn't afford med. ins. So I let myself go. We got med ins through my (now ex) wife's employer. and one of the first things we did was get my DM Dx'd and start treatment.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-03 01:01:51 -0600 Report

I have been thristy for a long long time, I was tired, but I have other illnesses that could cause those feelings, I used to get a lot of yeast infections about 30 years ago, changed my style of underwear, didn't wear hose anymore, and didn't sit around in a wet bathing suit, anymore—so they went away. I would get shaky, feel like I need to eat NOW feelings, all at once for about 3 years now, I was on some pain meds, and Neurontin 1500 mgs a day, gained 45 pounds fast. I was on medications for my nerves too- I think the Neurontin made my body shut dowm with all the other combo meds- and the sigar didn't know where to go, I stopped taking the Neurontin, still couldn't lose the weight, people started saying, "When is the baby due?" I had to doctor shop for a while, my former P.A. and 5 others quit my former practice, I was dropped, si I had to find a doctor, my nurse practioner looked at me on my 2nd visit, told me something isn't right. So, yes I think I had it 3 years ago, reflecting back. I know I cried hard, when I found out on Jan.25 this year, it's been a bad year since day 1, I spent the 1st 3 days of the New Year in the ERS, for allergic reactions to pain medications, I am allergic to almost everything. At least now I know. The worst is I have to wean myself off soda and Welchs Grape juice, this isn't easy, since I have drank this all my life.

elaine52 2011-03-02 22:46:13 -0600 Report

I went to a doctor at a clinic because I kept getting a yeast infection back in 1987. I was told my sugars were 'high'. But looking back I think I may have had diabetes for several years before that, I had alot of the signs I just didn't recognize them untill I became more educated about diabetes. I have had a lot of ups and downs with my glucose levels. I had to go on insulin during my pregnancy, after the baby came they were better, then with the illness and death of my husband they were 'up' again. Then it was a struggle to keep them under control but I was doing good until my hysterectomy in 2000. Immediately after the surgery my diabetes and blood pressure spiriled out of control and have been ever since…:(

pixsidust 2011-03-02 23:15:25 -0600 Report

Being New to Diabetes, I do not know the right words to say except to do what is necessary for life…and not just life but quality of life.

You have suffered great loss along with your struggles. You have survived and look at how beautiful you are! Rise up, whether it means going back to your Doctor, changing what you eat or walking more. Do what you can, all the while choosing life!

My prayers are with you!

pixsidust 2011-03-02 22:12:32 -0600 Report

Thanks to all of you who have shared and to anyone who would like to share. Your stories are important. Your roads traveled whether you cried, faltered, or fell are all testaments to your inevitable courage, strength and perseverance. You have survived. Your journey is daily as is mine. I grieve the loss each of you have experienced of your health. I am so so sorry but proud to know each one of you.

tabby9146 2011-03-04 10:51:08 -0600 Report

my sentiments exactly, I feel sorry for everyone, much more than myself because mine was caught early. I don't dare think for one minute tho that my future does not hold problems, because I am sure something will happen years from now. But at least I can put it off for a long time.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-02 21:27:11 -0600 Report

My very first signs were a few years ago, starting with a bad yeast infection I could not get to go away. My doctor mentioned that could be a cause but never bothered actually testing me for it because I said I had no family history, as far as I know I don't.

But after that there wasn't anything I can really say was different for me from normal other than gradually sleeping more and more and then about seven months ago I just started feeling down and blah and it was getting worse and worse but it was winter by then and I was blaming it on being over worked and the weather always being gloomy. I probably would have let it go on like that without saying anything too.

However my regular doctor decided to retire and the new doctor I started seeing saw signs in me on the first visit and ordered blood work. Type 2 Diabetes and a low functioning Thyroid were my early Christmas presents this past Christmas.

I do feel a lot better now that I'm starting to get things set right again.

melissa5786 2011-03-02 20:58:17 -0600 Report

The day I was rushed to the hospital with 22 gallstones and put into a coma. My pancreas was pretty much dead. If that had never happened to me I would not be diabetic today.

WARKE23 2011-03-02 21:13:38 -0600 Report

I had no idea there was a relationship between the gall bladder and diabetes tell me more as I had my non functioning clogged gall bladder removed a few years ago. I am wondering if I had type two that remained undiagnosed for those few years.
How I found out was being turned down for insurance - the insurance said go see a doctor but would not tell me why. I though it was because I had two heart attacks so I was not in a rush - but one day I was down sick and visited the doctor with the insurance report in hand.
He took one look and said you have diabetes = get this prescription for Actos and see me in a few weeks - that was it no instruction no explanation. After 20 years I dropped him and went to another doctor who is helping me understand and control my type 2. So much yet to learn…
I quit smoking almost 10 years ago … I can control my sugar by diet and medicine where it does not get out of hand… resolution…

melissa5786 2011-03-02 21:34:20 -0600 Report

Every case is different. The 22 gallstones that fell from my gall bladder ate away my pancreas and made it non-functioning. I was on pancreas enzymes for a long time as well because my digestion wasn't working properly, either. Most of my pancreas is dead, which is where my diabetes came into play.

Harlen 2011-03-02 20:11:53 -0600 Report

Yep I know the day my pancreas gave up the goast lol
I was on vacation and grumpy as it gets I am never grumpy lol
Was unable to drink as much as I felt I needed.
When I came home I cald the Doc and was tested BS was greater then 12 lol
Things chaiged but thats life so its just what I need to do.
Best wishes