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I can accept that I "gave myself" this disease by overeating, but does that mean I'm definitely doomed to eventually have all these horrible problems?
You didn't give yourself the disease. Unfortunately, you had the potential in you all the time. You may have been genetically predisposed, especially if there is a history of diabetes in your family.
My grandmother.
In my case, I think that stress was a strong factor in that I was really not enjoying my job at the time I was diagnosed and there were other factors in my personal life.
I was very very skinny all my life, until I hit a five year stretch with marital problems, kids growing up and away, and seeing my mother and brother slowly dying and wasting away to actual skeletons, and my sister grapple with cancer. Stress - you could say that. I stopped taking care of myself for awhile.
There are people who overeat and have normal blood glucose processes and insulin levels. And there are diabetics who always thought they had maintained a healthy diet.
Good to know, because self-blame is no fun.
While it is true that Type II diabetes is a degenerative disease, with proper diet, exercise and when necessary, medication, we can stave off the effects. Personally, my plan is to never have heart disease, retinopathy, kidney disease, amputation or any other symptom resulting from the metabolic imbalance in my biology. I do not consider myself doomed at all. It is a life long challenge that I will take day by day and when the rules change, I will adapt with a vengeance. Fuskie
Who decided long ago that there was nothing to be gained by pessimism...
My sentiments exactly. I will come back and read that as necessary.
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