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Genetic Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

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I’m a wife and mom of 3, business owner, and a genetic diabetic.

Shocked, sad, and disappointed

In March 2019, a medical follow-up on one condition resulted in me leaving the doctor’s office as a Type 2 Diabetic. I was shocked, sad, and disappointed.

At first glance, you would probably think that I don’t fit the American Diabetes Association guidelines of a Type 2 Diabetic. I’m actually underweight, weighing 100lbs.

Family history and gestational diabetes

However, there is a family history of diabetes that runs on both sides of my family. Although my mom does not have it, my dad suffers from Type 2. In fact, my oldest half-sibling was diagnosed just a week prior. I’ve also dealt with gestational diabetes with two out of my three pregnancies.

My diagnosis mainly was due to genetics.

Making changes

I am adjusting to a new normal consisting of medicine, continuous testing, and a more limited diet that I am already on currently.

To say that it’s overwhelming is truly an understatement. My entire life has changed. And even though my blood sugars are now normal, my life will never be the same.

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the story. It does take adjustments and I’ll be honest with you when I say that it’s never ending. I keep my bg’s and a1c in normal range mostly. It fluxes with me. Some doctors that don’t know me and what I’ve done to get where I’m at would say that I’m not diabetic. I’ve actually had one a few years ago say that if she don’t see it then you don’t have it. I got swapped over to a different doctor that had better understanding of diabetes.

    But it is very hard work at times and sometimes we fall off the wagon so to speak and have to dust ourselves off and crawl right back on that wagon and continue on the journey.

    Keep up the great work.


  • Samuel Taylor moderator
    1 month ago

    We really appreciate you sharing your story with us, thegeneticdiabetic. Not every diabetic is the same, and it’s a common misconception that one must be overweight to be a type 2 diabetic.

    Adjusting to that “new normal” can be a challenge, but possible! While life has changed, many diabetics speak about how diabetes has shown them a healthier lifestyle and that although the disease is difficult, it has helped them to live healthier.

    We encourage you to participate in our community, share your experience and learn from others. We have a thriving community on FaceBook as well and everyone is doing their best to help each other.

    Keep us posted on how you’re doing, I hope to hear more from you soon!

    -Samuel, community moderator

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