Thursday, March 12, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes and Me

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost 6 years ago (40's). My father had been diagnosed in his mid 50's, it also runs on my mothers side of the family.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems: Right away, your cells may be starved for energy. Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. Finding out you have diabetes is scary. But don't panic. Type 2 diabetes is serious, but people with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives. What leads to diabetes? Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes. Yet two factors are important in both. First, you must inherit a predisposition to the disease. Second, something in your environment must trigger diabetes. Genes alone are not enough. One proof of this is identical twins. Identical twins have identical genes. Yet when one twin has type 1 diabetes, the other gets the disease at most only half the time. When one twin has type 2 diabetes, the other's risk is at most 3 in 4.There are a number of potential symptoms of diabetes. At the same time, it is important for you to realize that you may not have all of these symptoms. In fact, it is possible to suffer from diabetes and to not exhibit any symptoms of diabetes at all. At the same time, there are several symptoms commonly associated with diabetes. They include: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Extreme hunger Unexplained weight loss Sudden vision changes Often feeling very tired Tingling or numbness in your feet or hands Very dry skin Slow healing sores Abnormal amounts of infections teeth and gum problems Irritability

I was having dental work done and my dentist noticed excessive bone loss and suggested I see my Doctor to be tested. Other than that I had no symptoms.

Type 2 treatment can involve diet, oral medication or insulin injections. Everyones treatment will vary. I take a oral medication in the morning called metformin, I also use a new medication called byetta, which is an injection given before lunch and dinner. I feel very fortunate to have been diagnosed early and have my diabetes under control.

Annoying comments or questions I always get!

1. Did you get diabetes from eating too much sugar? /NO, my body can't process sugar like yours.

2. I could never stick myself to test my blood. / Yes, if your life depended on it, you could. (I do avoid testing, I test once every few days)

3. I'm afraid of needles, I could never inject myself./ Yes, if you had too you could, the needles are very fine & short, you don't even feel it! (I said the same thing)

I would love your feed back and you questions!

xoxo, Cathleen


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  2. awesome! and i was prego diabetic and still showing signs periodically...with some 80% of gestational diabetics turning type 2, it's important to keep up on. and, once if figured out the food and portions and times, it was pretty easy...the testing was nothing...

  3. this was informative, and a good read.

  4. If your at risk for Diabetes it's a good idea to have your doctor do a AC1 blood test, this will tell your doctor what your average blood-sugars have been over the last 3 months. My level is 6.1 , which means I'm keeping mine under control. It also keeps track so if you have been high your number goes up.


  5. I am glad you did a post on this Cathleen! My sister is Type 1, my mom Type 2 and myself Type 2. I am on the metformin twice a day. It runs on both my side and my husbands side of the family and I worry about my children. When I was younger I was very underweight and was told I was hypoglycemic and that it would probably turn on me later in life and it did. I have a SIL (DH's SIL) and she was also hypoglycemic younger in life and is also Type 2 now and has a Type 1 child. It is a lot to think about and so very important to keep an eye on.

    {{Big Hugs}}


  6. Some dentists are now doing the blood test for diabetes and heart disease right in the office through a company called Healthy Heart Dentistry.

    This saves the patient the extra time of going to a doctor, and they get a lab report to show their doctor if they are at high risk.

  7. What a great post...And I didn't know you had this...The things you learn on the Project :)....Thank you for this awesome post! Meme


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