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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 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.

At what age were you diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

“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!

At what age were you diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

You’re not alone in your journey with type 2 diabetes! What was your diagnosis experience like? Please comment below or you can even share your story here!

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 year ago

    I was diagnosed back in 2012.Was about 58 and a half years old. Was a shock in a way although it shouldn’t had been too much of a surprise since an aunt had it and also one of my sister. Doctor had found it when running a full lab check while double checking how I was doing on my cholesterol. He had his nurse tell me to come in instead of telling me the cholesterol results over the phone like he said he would.

    When I got there told me that the cholesterol was looking good. When I told him he could had said that over the phone he then said yes but not this. Asked what this was and found out that he had to tell me I was type 2 diabetic. While he was writing down some names of people he wanted me to see plus a referral to the podiatrist I was thinking about things and how could I not had known. I came out and asked about how much was me and how much family. He knew about the family history. Told me biggest part was family. Said not to worry that although no cure that it can be managed and maintain with hard work and that he and the rest are there to help me along the way. And he was right. It is a lot of hard work. Especially constantly explaining to wife that I don’t have a day off from it. That I measure things at home and eyeball when out. But no day off. I was off Metformin after a year of it but was recently put back on. This doctor said that although my A1C is great(kept in the 5’s) my daily reads were all over the place. Plus each A1C test was creeping upwards. I’m glad she did this on her own. I was going to ask to go back on it. Yes, I’ve had a wonderful team to work with. But now will have to start up a new team except for the specialists that I’m seeing. But I’ve been lucky in having a great team to help me gain and maintain control. But it’s still a lot of work to deal with.

  • Kelly Dabel, RD moderator
    1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I know others here in our community will find this helpful and encouraging. Sounds like you are certainly putting in the work to manage your blood sugar and maintain a healthy lifestyle. So glad to hear that you have a wonderful medical team working with you and that you are well supported. Wishing you the best. Kelly, Community Moderator

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