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Hi everyone,

Obviously I'm new here and freshly diagnosed with diabetes.

This whole journey started out with me being (what I, and everyone else thought) a hypochondriac. For the past 2-3 years, I started noticing that certain foods would trigger symptoms for me. These symptoms would include skin rashes on my thighs, dizziness, stomach upset, and just a general sense of not feeling well. Up until about two months ago, I assumed it was a food allergy. I tried eliminating dairy. Helped some of the time, but didn't help others. I tried eliminating breads. Helped much of the time, but didn't help other times. I tried eliminating gluten. Again, sometimes it helped, not always though. My last stab in the dark was with sugar. I noticed that of all the foods I had tried eliminating, stopping sugar helped the most. But it still wasn't 100% of the time working to alleviate my symptoms.

By chance, I happened upon a website showing the symptoms of diabetes. To my amazement, the symptoms lined up pretty well with mine. "No way" I thought. But the idea stuck in my head, enough for me to buy a glucose meter from the pharmacy. I read up on fasting glucose readings, the 1- and 2-hour tests, etc. The next morning, on an empty stomach of course, my reading was 135. I took it again, to make sure I was doing it right. I ate my normal breakfast of eggs and toast. 1 and 2 hours after, my readings all showed in the diabetic range. I immediately made an appointment with my general practitioner.

My GP doctor of course ordered the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). My 1, 2, and 3 hour readings were all in the 200+ range, with the 2 hour test scraping 300.

I am now waiting to see a highly respected endocrinologist/diabetes center here in South Florida (there was about a 6 week wait) and that appointment is in early October. I will hopefully find out if I am Type 1, 1.5, or 2, and find out exactly what is going on.

Not being one to sit around and continue to poison myself, I am continuously trying to manipulate my diet, while of course taking several readings throughout the day.

To get a little introspective, I never would have guessed I'd have this condition. I have always been an athlete, in good shape. I lift weights and do cardio at 4-5 times per week. I run 5ks and 10ks. Even before my diagnosis, I ate pretty healthy. I've never even been a big fan of sweets and sugar (okay, ice cream is [was] an occasional weakness!). Ironically, I am like a poster-child for how to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes!

I think the factor that "did me in" with diabetes was good old fashioned DNA. I have since learned that diabetes is rampant on my mom's side (I don't really know that side of the family) and apparently a few now-deceased people on my dad's side had diabetes. So I have it coming from both sides!

While I was bummed about having this condition, I am glad that there are so many resources and communities (like this one!) for people living with this disease.

Thanks for reading!

Some vitals on myself:
Sex: Male
Age: 23
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Height/Weight: 6'2" 175 lbs
 

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I'm glad to see you're being tested for type 1 or LADA (type 1.5) . . . your age & level of activity seems a little outta sync with type 2.

Sorry you'll be joining the "D" club, but happy you found our forum! ;)
 

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Welcome to the Forum. I would think your family doctor could run a C Peptide and a GAD 65 antbody test to see if you are LADA or Type 1. Because of your age and fitness, that would be my bet. But there are a lot of Type 2's who are also athletic, had a healthy diet and were not overweight. Sometimes it just happens. I happened to be the first in a very large family to get diabetes. I guess I drew the short straw. Read through the old thread and get lots of good info. Glad you found us.
 

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Sorry to hear you have it.

This is a good place with good people to share
 

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Hello, and welcome! Your research and experiments with foods has paid off. Very few people talk about having done that prior to their diagnosis. Did your doctor call you a hypochondriac? I have read people posting that their doctors did that and refused to test them for diabetes. Then they went to a second doctor, usually an endocrinologist, and the diagnosis was made. It seems to me that you are mentally prepared for this, and I think you will do a very good job at taking good care of yourself. You should have a long, healthy life with your diabetes, no matter what type it is. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and am very healthy.

Richard
 
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