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 has any one else got type 2 diabetes & how do u manage your blood sugar levels ?
im having trouble maintaining mine and i think im doing everything right [diet medication etc ]
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If you're 17 and haven't been diagnosed with Type I diabetes, you're pretty much in the clear, right?
Just wondering.
Don't you get diagnosed with Type I earlier on in life?
I know that you can get Type II when you're like 80, but doesn't juvenille diabetes mean it appears in "juvenilles"?

I'm sorry if I'm hideously ignorant, but I was just wondering. Can anyone help me?


No. you can still contract diabetes. go to www.webmed.com read up on diabetes. Diabetes is not a disease that strikes at a certain age.

No you are not ignorant.... you asked the question. You could have just kept on moving in the dark.

Good luck and good health.

That just means that you are not diabetic, but diabetes can happen to you for many reasons, some of which are weight, if you gain weight you can be at risk for diabetes at any age.

Of course not! Diabetes Type I can appear at any point in your lifetime. So, if you have a family history or a predisposition, be in constant contact with your physician and follow a healthy lifestyle: diet and exercise.

No, not necessarily. Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes, childhood diabetes, or juvenile-onset diabetes) is most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, but can occur in adults, as well.
Also, Type II doesn't always just happen within the older set - children can get it as well. There really aren't any 'set' ages for this disease. It pretty much does what ever it wants. :) But don't worry until you need to, really.

If you're really worried, bring it up to your doctor and they could do a blood test on you every time you go in for a checkup to see if you're showing signs of high blood sugar.

It's not like you are the first person to ever ask. Go to this site and it is a list of the most frequently asked questions about diabetes and their answers.
Don't worry hun. No one ever learned anything by keeping quiet.
Hope it helps.

Juvenile diabetes shows up most often in children under 21. But that does not mean that you can't get it when you are an adult. The difference is in the way the body processes insulin. Unfortunately I don't know that much about it, except that generally Type I requires life-long insulin. Type II can often be controlled with oral medication and/or diet. Hope someone else knows more.

Most doctors say on into the thirties, but there have been cases into the fourties or fifties. So, no, you're not in the clear. I k'now you want information, but maybe if you're so worried you should just go see the doctor and get a fasting glucose test performed? That will tell you if you're pre-diabetic, diabetic, or just a little bit of a hypocondriac. (P.S. I would hope for the last diagnosis)

The Whopper
you can get type 1 anytime you can start with type 1 or start with type 2 can even get gastation dibetes when pregnant. i started with type 2 in my 20's

no, my grandmother was 67 when she was diagnosed with it.

You are not ignorant. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 40. It can appear at any age, type 1 or 2. The best advice I can give is to see your Doctor regularly, and do your glucose testing as directed. Good luck to you.

You are pretty much in the clear if your weight is OK, but you can get type 2 in middle age - 40's if you are overweight and you don't eat right.

C. B.
Most of the time your line of thinking is correct. However people have been diagnosed with type 1 later on in life. So there is some possibility of getting it but that is very slim.

You have to do some more research on diabetes. Just because you don't have Type I, doesn't mean you won't get it. YOu may have Type II and have to control it with diet and exercise so it doesn't progress to Type I. Also, check out www.webmd.com for more info.

Type 1 Diabetes
This type of diabetes is mostly found in children and young adults. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin and you must take insulin shots every day.

This means not necessarily, you should speak with your physician if you're concerned that you might have diabetes.

I think I can help. I've been a type 1 (Diabetes Mellitus) 'veteran' for 39 years now & back then, the distinction was always diagnosis BEFORE or AFTER 21 to determine Type I or II. Now occasionally I hear of an adult diagnosed with Type I (but never the other). My understanding is exactly that - TYPICALLY, Type I's are under the age of 21 and have a more serious form of diabetes resulting from factors other than weight or ill care of the body or extenuating illnesses that can 'tip off' Diabetes when the body breaks down from disease in general. The old thought is that many of us are born with Diabetes but it takes a series of viral influeneces, a strong predisposition based upon other family members with Diabetes, and a childhood trauma all colliding at one moment in time (PRIOR) to the age of 21. After 21, TYPICALLY, the diagnosis is Diabetes Insipitis (I believe I spelled that correctly) and the biological issues going on & treatment are different. Hope that helps. (I could go on & on....sorry.)

No that is not true. Diabetes runs in my family for 7 generations. I developed diabeties in my thirties after my 4th child. My mom developed diabetes in her early sixties. My grandmother developed diabeties in her early seventies.

You are not ignorant, but to let you know realities, diabetes can come at any time...I had a family member who got diagnosed at age 27. If you have a high family history of it and are predisposed to risk factors you can get it long before you turn 80.

Matthew's Mom
Here is the answer I gave someone else. You can get diabetes at any age.

Diabetes is not caused by high sugar. A person is diagnosed diabetic when you have abnormally high levels in your blood because your body can't metabolize the sugar (glucose)you do have effectively. When you eat your body breaks down the food, and glucose is absorbed into your cells by something called insulin. If your body is not producing enough insulin or if the insulin you have is ineffective the glucose stays in your blood stream and your cells starve. To compensate your body breaksdown fat. There are two types of diabetics. Type 1 where the pancreas is not making any insulin. Most children and young adults get this type. It said to be cause by a virus that kill insulin producing cells in the pancreas called the islet cells. These patients must take insulin shots because if they take it in a pill the stomach would absorb the insulin and it wouldn't work. Type 2 is where you have insulin in your body but you are either not making enough or your body isn't using it effectively. These people can take oral diabetic medication because it is not insulin. It helps the pancreas to produce more insulin or help the insulin get the glucose in the cell. Diet and exercise help because your not adding glucose that your body doesn't need and helps you burn off excess and sometimes will force the the glucose into the cell. Complications from diabetes include blindness, kidney disease, slow healing wounds and loss of feeling to extremities (also called neuropathy). Symptoms include increased thirst, increased hunger (remember your cells are starving) and increased urination. You can also lose weight because the body is breaking down fat for energy. This mostly happens in Type 1. I hope this helps. Remember you can't cause diabetes by eating too much candy but if you are diabetic you can be adding to the problem if you do. Only a blood test and your doctor can diagnosis diabetes.

RN for sixteen years. I have taught diabetes to children and their families of new onset diabetics.

No, this doesn't mean you are "in the clear" You can still get Type I later in life. The best things to do to prevent it is to keep your weight in check and keep a proper diet as much as possible. Also, exercise is a good way to prevent this.

No, I was diagnosed with type 1 at 19. 19-20 is a common age to be diagnosed. I know people diagnosed with type 1 at 30 or 40. There is no age when you are "in the clear."

There is a lot of good information in some of the answers I have been reading. But I want to clear up a few vague or incorrect points. Type I is mostly found in children and young adults but it can appear anytime during ones life. The cause of diabetes is unknown but there are many theories genetics, illness, certain medications etc. It is more likely that a person with type I as an adult developed it because of an illness or medication they had been taking ( I know two people who developed diabetes because of damage done by medications they were taking). So the likelihood of you developing Type I is very low at this point. Type II is another story.

Type II does not only occur when you are 80 is can happen anytime. Right now it is running rampant through our youth due to inactivity and obesity. With a healthy lifestyle -staying fit/healthy weight, no excessive drinking/drugs you will have a low chance of having Type II diabetes.

After all these answers you can now say you are no longer ignorant about diabetes :)! By the way the asker was correct in saying ignorant which means unaware or uninformed, lacking in knowledge on a particular subject. We have made that into such a bad word .. lol .. like calling someone an idiot.

People can get diabetes at any age. There are three main kinds. Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults.

Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age—even during childhood.

Gestational diabetes develops during late pregnancy. This form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born but a woman who has had it is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

So, no one is ever safe from developing diabetes. It can happen to any of us at any time in our lives.

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