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I’m 29 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost two years ago. I have a 10 yr old son and had GD when I was pregnant with him.
My doctors were shocked when I had GD with almost no risk factors. I didn’t even weigh over 100lbs until the last few months of my pregnancy and early in pregnancy I was about 88lbs!
My SO and a few of my friends also have type 2 diabetes. It is surprising how common it is in younger people nowadays and most of us were not overweight or did not fit the stereotype of a type 2 diabetic.
For years I felt like I had low blood sugar after breakfast and would be starving and shaky before lunch. Then I started getting really tired after meals. The fatigue was so bad that I thought I must be anemic or have a thyroid problem so I went to the doctor. I had so many blood tests, but everything always came back normal. It wasn’t until I started using one of my boyfriend’s meters and testing my sugars after meals that I realized my sugars were pretty high after meals.
It took some convincing to get my doctor to order blood tests to check for diabetes because she thought I was way too young and too thin and in her words “it can’t be diabetes”. Long story short, I was referred to an endo for other reasons (doc wanted my thyroid checked, which turned out to be fine) and the endo ordered an oral glucose tolerance test which revealed that I have type 2. He said based on my age and weight, he would’ve thought I was a type 1, but he also tested insulin levels which were high so that rules out type 1.
Just thought I’d share my story and wondered if there are any other type 2 bees out there.
Post # 3
I have type 2 diabetes also! I was diagnosed at age 12, but I’ve always been pretty overweight, so although I was young enough to have type 1, they ultimately figured out it was type 2.
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@cafelatte: It is crazy how common type II diabetes is becoming. We have patients who are 10, 12, 16 that are type II diabetics. GD is becoming more and more common as well! Like, people I would NOT expect to have GD have it… Crazy!!!!
I don’t have diabetes but I had a high A1c of 5.7 so I had some insulin resistance. With diet, exercise and Metformin is has come down a lot and I actually no longer take the Metformin. I’m very aware of my highs and lows and know that I am very at risk for type II diabetes.
I am not and was not very overweight. BMI has been 24-26 my whole life, which I know is teetering on overweight, but now I am working my ass off to get my BMI to about 19-20. I don’t wanna become diabetic!!
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@jesser1228: Same thing happened with my SO. He was about 14 when diagnosed and was normal weight so they automatically thought he was a type 1 and he had been on insulin ever since. Right after my diagnosis I read everything and anything I could about diabetes and how type 1’s MUST take insulin. My SO had told me that he had to decrease his insulin and eventually go off of it because he was getting too many hypos. I was like “wait a min…if you were really a type 1, you’d have ended up in DKA by now”. He recently went to his doc to ask for tests to determine what type he is and like I thought, he’s actually type 2 and now he takes Metformin like me.
@ChuckNorris: My A1c when I was diagnosed was 5.6 so I also would only be classified as insulin resistant if it weren’t for the 200+ levels showing on the OGTT. Since then my A1c’s have steadily stayed at 5.5. I also have a meter and test. Sometimes I think there should be no distinction between insulin resistance and full-blown type 2.
My BMI has always been under 20. Right now it’s 19.9. I recently gained weigh over the holidays and I’m 109lbs, but my normal is 105 and under. In my case I don’t think my weight makes a difference, but it’s definitely important to eat right and be active!
It’s great that you were able to go off Metformin! Do you still test your sugars? I’ve been told I probably don’t need the Met, but I feel more comfortable taking it because I haven’t been as strict with my diet lately. I also try to go walking at the park a few times a week.
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@cafelatte: WOW, I cannot believe that you have type II diabetes with a BMI of 19! Well, I mean, of course I believe you, but that’s crazy. If you don’t mind me asking, what is your ethniticity? Is there a fam history?
I never had the OGTT. Maybe I should ask for one because I am still so symptomatic even though my A1c have been 4.8-5.1 for several months! Maybe my pancreas just has had enough. Even though I wasn’t overweight, I know why I had IR. I ate..like…shit. I mean, seriously, I put garbage into my body. Confession time? When I was in high school and middle school, I would eat entire cans (plural) of cake frosting for lunch because there was a dollar store across the street from my bus stop. How I DON’T weigh 500 lbs with the way I was eating blows my mind. I would have fast food 2-3 times per day! And ZERO veggies or fruits. I mean, seriously. It’s crazy.
I think I will probably go back on Met for the same reasons you’re on it now. I just feel better on it. I feel like it’s good for my body and helps me process glucose better – which clearly, that’s what it’s for! How many mg are you taking?
And to answer your question, I never tested my sugars. At the time, I didn’t have insurance and we didn’t have any money. So when my coworker offered to run an A1c (I thought I was having blood sugar issues, super similar symptoms to what you explained) I took her up on that offer – thats how I found out. I got insurance shortly thereafter, but was never prescribed a glucometer and still didn’t have any money so I never bought one. Maybe I should just start testing my sugars on my own…You have me wondering if I do have full blown type II diabetes now, I am definitely going to talk to my doc about it! I dk, I feel like she doesn’t take me seriously sometimes.
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@ChuckNorris: I feel like a lot of doctors don’t take blood sugars seriously. If it were up to my GP, I would have no diagnosis. I wouldn’t have a meter if I didn’t insist on being prescribed one and now I couldn’t imagine NOT having one. You really can’t go by feel because I’ve had high numbers with absolutely no symptoms and other times I feel low and I’m actually high.
When it comes to your health, it’s good to be on top of things and advocate for yourself, especially when doctors brush your concerns off. I recommend asking for a meter rx, but if that’s not possible, I hear Walmart’s Relion brand has an affordable meter and strips. It’s really good to see how foods affect your sugars. Foods that even nutritionists claim are a healthy for diabetics like whole grains can actually raise sugars to high, damaging levels. Everyone’s body has a different tolerance for carbs and it’s important to know what foods spike your levels.
My doc tells me my A1c is technically non-diabetic and my weight is not a problem so I don’t have to test, take meds, or watch carbs. If I didn’t do those things, I don’t think I would be able to maintain the control that I do have. Doctors are often comfortable with their patients having higher numbers than I’d be comfortable with or maybe they are so used to patients not taking care of themselves that they lower their expectations. It’s not that doctor that is at risk for the complications, so it’s kind of sad, but that’s the way it is.
Neither of my parents have diabetes, but some of my uncles do on my dad’s side. I’m mixed – Arab and African from my dad’s side and English, German, and a little Native American on my mom’s side. I suspect it came from my dad’s side, although he does not have it. Both of my parents are thin and have always been thin too.
Post # 8
I’m not diabetic, but my FI is a type 1 and I’m in the health/science field so I know a lot about it! He is extremely healthy and has found that diet and exercise has a huge impact on his diabetes, even though it’s type 1. His A1C is around 6.8-7.1 and he has an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. Sometimes it’s a pain, but he’s so good about managing it and has such a good attitude about it, it really isn’t that horrible for us. We have found (we have lots of diabetic friends too) that the more exericise, the better. I would think this would be even more true for type 2 diabetics! Diet is obviously important too. My FI doesn’t really eat low-carb, but he never eats any sweets or juice or anything like that which would spike his blood sugar. He tries not to eat super carb heavy meals (ie just a bowl of pasta) but he eats a fairly normal healthy diet otherwise. I cook super healthy- no red meat, lots of whole grains, fish, tons of veggies, etc- so that helps!