What's Your Diabetes Diagnosis Story?
There are many misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. For instance, many who aren't affect by the condition think that people only get diabetes if they're overweight and have an unhealthy lifestyle. The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is unknown, but there are many factors that contribute to the development of the condition, including family history. Another common misconception is that people only get diabetes later on in life. The reality is that type 2 diabetes can develop in children as well. We asked Type2Diabetes.com community members to share how old they were when they were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
An unexpected diagnosis
A type 2 diabetes diagnosis can be very emotional and can evoke all sorts of reactions, from fear to anger to disappointment. Since prediabetes and diabetes can occur without any symptoms, the diagnosis can be unexpected and can come as a complete shock. Many discover they have diabetes during a routine health check-up.
"I have diabetes...it does not have me"
Diabetes management can be extremely overwhelming. Overnight, people are expected to change their lifestyle completely to manage their condition with dietary changes, more exercise, constant blood glucose monitoring and even medications. There's no break from diabetes management. But, even though the condition can be difficult to control, it can be done because you're in control - not diabetes!
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your diabetes?