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Patients Diabetes (Type 2)

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Hi everyone. I have just been diagnosed with diabetes type 2. I was pre-diabetic and now I am diabetic.

How long have you been living with this? Does it get easier as time goes on for you?

Beginning of the discussion - 6/2/19

How long have you had diabetes? does it get easier?
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Member Carenity
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I'm new to diabetes. I am reading what seems to be a well-written book on this topic, "The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes", by Gretchen Becker. 

She cautions that a lot of people simply give up on their diet, after months or years of being on it. Her point is that people simply take the attitude that they've got diabetes, they can live with it. They're tired of not eating what everyone else is eating, and diabetes is no big deal. And they wind up destroying their bodies. Please understand that this illness is NOT going away, and it IS a big deal. We're all stuck with it for the rest of our lives. 

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Hi, I was diagnosed in August 2007 so almost 12 years, I thought I would have beaten it by now, but for me its very hard! I have a hard time with staying strict with myself as far as staying on a certain daily routine..But I continue to work on it and I believe I am making better progress now that I am trying to focus more on exercise, eating much more healthier & monitoring my blood sugar levels..So, for me I would say its a daily struggle..

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@Hidden username I cannot emphasize what @Hidden username‍ said of being so important! This unfortunately is a way of life for you and while you can get away with small indulgences here or there (and by small, I mean bites), you should not go back to eating like you used to or let others eating habits affect yours. Stay strict on your diet and regimen and know that you are doing it for your health. Don't think about it being a diet for some time, but think of it as a change in your life. If you can stay strong, it become easier... because you begin to get the hang of everything, what type of foods you can cook/eat, how your energy/sugar levels are affected by certain foods, etc. However, if you never fully give into truly embracing the changes you are making to your life, it will become harder because you don't have full control and you are not allowing your mind to come to the realization that it is a condition that is permanent.

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nomorenomore ... Thank you for adding on to my comment. 

I see in your comment a more positive way to look at it. This is a healthy diet that we now must eat, so don't call it a diet, call it a change in eating habits. If this perspective helps some people adapt, then I'm glad to have added this comment.

I ate lunch with friends yesterday who talked about a couple of people who fell into the trap I first mentioned above. They simply gave up their eating healthy, and decided they could live with their diabetes. No big deal. One lost a toe, and has sores on his legs that don't heal. The other lost an eye!

I'm sorry for all of us with this disease. We can't let our guard down. And the disease will take a different course for all of us. I'm learning that there are a lot of different possibilities ... for many of us, it's insulin resistance, and for others it's not producing enough insulin. If you have any problems at all getting your blood sugar numbers under control, please get blood tests to determine which problem you have so that you can get the correct medical treatment.

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Please do not read the last sorry letter. This guy probably thinks it's great that little kids are getting the measles again. Diabetes is genetic. Period. If you don't have the gene, you can weigh 400 pounds and you won't be diabetic. And this is not a manufactured crisis by the drug industry.

This is the kind of post that puts the "bull" in this bulletin board format.

Researchers are working hard to find a cure for diabetes, and we can only thank them for finding new ways to treat the disease. Let's thank them for all their hard work, and hope (or pray) that they can truly find a cure in our lifetime.

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I have had type 2 diabetes for 18 years or longer.  It has played havoc with my organs.  I have cirrhosis of the liver due to NASH and fatty liver.  I have CAD.  And in the last six weeks I have had kidney failure two different times with emergent dialysis the last time.  I am being told this is also due to diabetes.  Please take this disease seriously.  I didn't for a long time and now wish I had.  

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Member Carenity
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This guy is back again. Don't buy his snake oil s***. I suspect he's a salesman or has stock in some company.

 Please, get a good doctor, and follow his or her advice. And don't take this disease lightly. There are too many testimonials of people losing toes, eyes, their kidney function (meaning going on dialysis), cirrhosis of the liver, to ever let your guard down. Don't fool around with the magic cures the guy above is trying to push on you.

I'm reading a good book right now: "The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes", by Gretchen Becker. She issues a warning here that we all MUST listen to. Too many people get there blood sugar under control for a while, perhaps a year or even more. Then they start to think that they've got things under control, that it's no big deal anyway, and start to eat more and more carbs. And then they wind up like I said above, eventually killing themselves. Diabetes IS a big deal. There is NO cure. And we're all stuck with it for the rest of our lives. So, please, don't let your guard down. Ever.

How long have you had diabetes? does it get easier?
Member Carenity
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I have had type two diabetes 

And I have lived with it for 5 years I have learned to lower my a1c I'm down to 5.0 my diet is one in which I try to keep out carbs I eat pasta made of vegetables  and green vegetables I substitute vegetables that are starches for good ones there are plenty of foods to eat to keep your body and sugars in line