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 whats wrong with me? i'm 15 years old, and been constantly thirsty for about 2 weeks.?
i've had loads to drink, but it never seems to stop me being thirsty. my granda has diabetes is this a sign that i have?
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ADD: it's just water i mainly drink ...

 My Mum Is Refusing To Inject Herself With Insulin, What Should I Do?
She has to take alot of tablets in the morning and night not to mention injecting herself with insulin twice a day. She doesnt do any of them, she thinks that it is gods decision whether she dies or ...

 Is it true if you have diabetes you lose weight/bodymass?

 Who else has Diabetes? If so what Type?

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Type 1 since I was 11!

Never been over weight!

Very annoying!...

 I am fifty and have just been diagnosed with diabetes. I've attended diabetes class and it scared me. If I am
able to get my blood sugar down consistantly through a combination of medication, diet and excercise, will I have a normal life expectancy?...

 How can you tell if your diabetic?

 What are the symptoms of diabetes?
I have cousins on my dad's side of the family and my mom says that it would be very easy to get diabetes because of that and I don't really eat very healthy even though I'm a ...

 Im 5'7 285 lbs with diabetes in my family. i am already feeling some of the symptoms of it. what can i do?
every site i go to tells me to eat right or diet and exerise but what if i cant excercise and what is eating right

and how can eating right help when everything you eat rurns to gluclose ...

 ok does this sound like diabetes? i've been to the doc but havent got my results back yet and realy scared.
1)realy bad dizzy spells + bluryness
2) sickness
3) i get ill realy easily (i've been ill every holiday)
4) feel hungary all the time
5) feel tirsty all the time
6) need ...

 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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thanks to all who took the trouble to reply . i got some wonderful feed-...

 do i have a sixth toe?
cause i want ed to kno cause idk if i do or ot come and tell me???:)...

 What the different between type 1 & type 2 diabetics?

 HELP! My dad's diabetic...?
Diabetes runs in our family and my dad just recently found out that he got it as well. Can anyone advise me on how to take care of a diabetic person? The do's and don'ts? What to eat and ...

 should someone who's type 1 diabetic drink coca cola?

 What are some symptoms of diabetes? What symptoms made you call the doctor before you were diagnosed?

 Does this sound like diabetes?
I am waiting on my blood test results, but the suspense is killing me....I am constantly tired, fatigued, and hungry. I crave sweets all the time, have split, blurry vision, have gained weight in the ...

 Is diabetes contagious?
just wondering....

 Can drinking too much soda pop over time help contribute to diabetes? ?
If someone drinks an abnormal amount of soda pop per day, say 3/4 of a 2 liter per day, can that help to onset diabetes if they eat otherwise pretty healthy?

Can drinking too much soda ...

 Is diabetic chocolate different?
Is diabetic chocolate any different from normal chocolate apart from having no suger....

 i have diabetis i'm 44 years old and have high blood sugar does any one know of any natural ways to lower it?
i have diabetis i'm 44 years old and have high blood sugar does any one know of any natural ways to lower it

i dont know what type but i DO NOT use innsulin but i do take these blue ...

my son is angry over diabetes, he's 12.?
He is getting very angry and crys. He said he lays in bed at night and asks God what he did to deserve D. It breaks my heart. I've gotten him a book written by a 14yr old boy with D, and I see that he's been reading it.
When he goes to Univ of Md, I'm going to ask the Dr's there for some advice?
Also, no groups close to here, and I found a website, but he doesn't seem interested.
Any comments, suggestions?
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Thanks so much everyone, all the answers were so nice.
*no, we live in MD not Romania.

I don't know if there's any of these where you live, but here in texas there's camps for teens with Diabetes. It's an AWESOME way of meeting ppl and knowing you're not alone. I'd advise you to check in on that. My bf has dibetes too, and it's just something you have to learn to live with. It doesn't make you a freak of any sort. Make sure he KNOWS that.

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take him 2 a councellor.

My mom was diagnosed at 50, she was angry and cried as well. Its a crummy thing to have to deal with. It will get better as time goes on and he learns more about it, and how to handle it!

Sounds like a perfect candidate for diabetes camp. He can meet TONS of kids with diabetes, and see that diabetes is simply a part of life now, but he can still enjoy everything. Definitely talk to doc. If nesecarry, more frequent visits with PCP or counsellor or something like that can help him work out his grief/anger.

diabetes runs in my family so its nothing new.... and the idea that my mother will someday delevop it and that i will mostly get it too is sad.... but life isnt over..... my grandmother is still alive, so are her mother and sister..... u just have to change things a little... find out whut is ok for your son to eat... exercise.... ect...

he might not be able to eat a hersheys bar but who cares there is a growning sugar free food idustry....

everything will be ok.... it will just take time for you son to get over it.... he will get over it.... it his own way... and in his own maner

he will eventually learn that he has it and he has to live with it but right now he is 12 and growing up and feels that it makes him different than everyone else and he just wants to be like everyone else and having it sets him out like a black sheep ...maybe your doctor can refer you to some type of counseling or someone older (teens or early 20's) that has it maybe they can talk to him about it and let him know that it dont have to run his life he can still lead a normal life like his peers...something will work out

He has a right to be angry and cry but it should not be ruining his life. He is going to have to accept the fact that he is diabetic. He needs counseling.

please explain to him that him having D is nobodies fault, it just happens . you also might wanna get him some counseling.
good luck

I do know that anger doesn't help alleviate diabetes.

Try a therapist or counselor specializing in teens. He sounds like he's got normal teen angst compounded by his condition.

Your health insurance company and your doctor should be able to give you recommendations of therapists.

That is hard for him, but what about people who have a problem that nobody acknowledges, like reactive hypoglycemia? People just blame me all the time for having a bad attitude and I have to hide my racing heart, closing eyes, nausea, sweating and panic.

Then if I let it show by accident, I am blamed. But the others with diabetes can openly say they have diabetes and are not feeling well. Nobody faults them. My problem is unknown, undocumented and unproven, and for many people, it is the same.

Diabetes is managable w/ medication and understood by the general public. My condition is not. He doesn't know how lucky he is. He has a mother to care for him. My parents don't believe me at all and they blame me, too.

Try to get him to see what he does have in life and how much God has blessed him. Maybe that will help.

Look, I don't know what to tell you, but God makes us like this with a purpose. See, I am very intelligent, but almost none of my colleagues like me, or generally little persons like me. And I can't seem to make them like me. So...
P.S. I am 14.
P.P.S. Are u from Romania?

Angry is good at this point it means that he understands that this is serious, now he just needs to get to the point that he realizes that his life is not over. My husband developed childhood onset (type 1) when he was 22. Talk about angry! Now he is getting even by keeping everything as closely under control as possible so that he can live a good long time.

He can't drive a semi (which he doesn't want to do) scuba dive (but he loves to snorkel) or get a pilots license (but he can still learn to fly). There are tons of famous people who have diabetes, seeing how little this is actually going to limit him could help. Asking the doctors for advice is great, they should be able to put this in a whole new light for him.

If you Google "famous people with diabetes" you can come up with some pretty amazing stuff.

We do need better support groups for diabetics and their families, because most people just can't relate to the perfectly natural fears that your son is having.

When my boyfriend was diagnosed at 13 he was also very depressed. He found out Halle Berry is a Type 1 diabetic, and he realized that anyone can get it. He STILL thinks they are "diabetic soul mates"!! And he's 21.

I will also recommend talking to a doctor about getting your son an insulin pump. If his sugars are under control and he is otherwise healthy, he may be able to get one. They make a diabetics life so much easier, and it also makes them feel more "normal".

Good luck.... I will be praying for you both!

Everyone has something that makes them unique. You live with it. Perhaps if he has the opportunity to see people with worse conditions then his he'll realize he doesn't have it so bad. He has to learn that everyday requires a little time to take care of his special condition. I live with it and it's a pain in the neck--but I'm older and realize that it's better than the alternative. That's harder for someone his age. Perhaps he can meet some on line friends that also deal with it. Friends with things in common can be very helpful and supportive and probably the kids he meets on line also hate the disease as much as he does, but together they can accept and deal with it. Good luck to you both.

I understand his feelings completely......I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 9. I was angry confused and mad at the world & God. How could he do this to me? It took some time but gradually I came to accept my condition. I have had diabetes for 28 years now. It is going to take some hard work for your family and for him to maintain his blood sugar levels.....The good news is that there have been so many wonderful advances in treating diabetes and in helping to control glucose levels. He can live a full wonderful life. Try to help him understand that God makes mountains so we can learn how to climb. I have learned to not only accecpt my diabetes but make it a positive part of my life......it makes me appreciate every day....I like to help other people with diabetes and their families by sharing my experiences......it has really helped shape the person I am today in a positive way. I am also confidant that with all the research that has been done that a cure is just around the corner........Good luck I will pray for him and your family to find the path to a happy and healthy life!

I agree with mrkcoac2002. Getting diabetes is nobodys fault. I've been suffering from type 1 diabetes since i was 7 1/2. Try putting him in conseling or therapy, they will help him understand he should not be angry from getting diabetes and let him know he's not suffering alone though this.

I don't know what type Diabetes your son has, but my twin was diagnosed and we have been dealing with the rise and fall of her blood sugar for 2 years. Finally, she tried a alteration of the Atkins diet and her blood sugar has been normal every since. Of course YOU MUST CONSULT OUR PHYSICIAN before changing his diet, but this could be an option for you 2 as well.

Hillary R
I really don't have any suggestions, I just really sympothize! I got diabetes when I was 4 and went through the whole denial phase as an adolescent. I was eating and drinking anything I wanted, whenever I wanted and not worrying about my bloodsugar levels or insulin intake. My family situation didn't help at all either. There are several camps you might look into sending him to that can help, the one I went to was Texas Lions Camp in Kerville. But I don't know where you live. Fortunately today I'm 27, living in a much better enviroment and taking better care of myself, amd hoping to get on the pump soon. You can e-mail me if you wish or have any questions at [email protected]

Life is a test. God knows he is special and needs to test him extra hard. He added something he has to deal with, to test his faith, but can be controlled and treated without instant death.

If he is asking God, go over the Bible, review the stories of those given a trial or test. Give him the hope and support he needs.

my husband has it since he was 9. he didnt look after it 4 years but he does now but even on days when he feels fine he still gets angry about it any1 would. just do as much as you can to help make sure he looks after it. i think everything happens 4 a reason and you might not no what the reason is but for my husband i no that he is better of with diabetes then without it i no thats a strange thing 2 say but its the truth. your son will come around when it starts becoming a routine it will just be part of his life and if he looks after it theres no reason he cant do things he always did. but you prob shouldnt get on his case about eating the right things yet he'll realise on his own that he'll feel worse not eating right.

Eye of Innocence
Look for website lists of famous diabetics to show him that it is not the end of the world and that he can still accomplish his dreams maybe a diabetic athlete or you know whatever he finds the most interest in. Good Luck to the both of you.

He's being and acting his age. Nobody likes being diabetic. Because of his youth, one of the things you may use is the insulin pump. It's easy to hide and provides very good blood sugar control. Check it out since there are many such devices.

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