Since I announced my diagnosis of having Type 2 Diabetes on Facebook, I have been getting a lot of supportive comments from fans and friends, and I want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
I was however, taken aback with a few of the comments that seemed a bit morbid in nature, as if I was on the brink of death. Don’t get me wrong, as I know there are many who have succumbed to this disease including my own father, but I wasn’t devastated by the diagnosis.
I never questioned, the diagnosis, I simply stated, “okay, what’s next – what do I need to do and how can I help others?”
I never questioned the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes with the words, “Why Me?”, I actually felt “Why Not Me!” I have taken the news with a brighter outlook on life filled with optimism because I know it’s not something that is going to defeat me and I am ready to do battle.
I have changed my diet, trying to eat cleaner and meaner, cut out all alcohol and increased my fitness routine thanks to hubby’s support and suggestions and I am ready to beat Type 2 Diabetes’ butt!
I was however, curious as to how one recognizes the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes, so I checked online and this is what I read on the Mayo Clinic website.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose) — an important source of fuel for your body.
With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, but today more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, probably due to the rise in childhood obesity. There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, but losing weight, eating well and exercising can help manage the disease. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to manage your blood sugar well, you may also need diabetes medications or insulin therapy.
Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly. In fact, you can have type 2 diabetes for years and not know it. Look for:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Unintended weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin, usually in the armpits and neck
To be honest with you, I had none of these symptoms which was why it took both my doctor and myself by surprise. I am just glad that I decided to get a full physical with blood work, which I am suggesting for everyone, especially as we age. Trust me, those who know me, know that is something that I never did in the past.
So if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, please ask them to follow along on my journey so together we can learn more about it and make the necessary changes in support of each other in getting and staying healthy.