I have had type 2 diabetes for 15 years and I am 25 years old. I have tried insulin and oral meds with no success. I have tried explaining to the docs that these methods do not work, but they insist that it is my fault. I have begun to give up. Please help.

Patty Bonsignore


It sounds like it has been difficult to get your diabetes under control. If your diabetes is not in control it can sometimes be related to eating too many carbs and high fat foods and not being physically active enough, but it can also be because you haven’t been given the right medications. Insulin is the best medicine to lower blood glucose, but in order for insulin to work effectively, it needs to be given at the right time and in the right dose. It may be that you haven’t been prescribed enough insulin in the past or not prescribed the right type. If you are not getting good results and/or feel that you are not being listened to, I would suggest seeing a different physician. For people who are really overweight, or what we call morbidly obese, which means having a BMI over 40, some doctors recommend gastric surgery to help lose the weight. It will also be very important for you to work with an experienced diabetes educator. Treating diabetes is a team effort and it’s important that you have the right team. Try not to get too discouraged. If you feel like the stress of diabetes is getting the best of you, in addition to getting a new physician, it may also be a good idea to speak to a counselor about your frustrations. Just talking things through can sometimes help a lot.