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Hi.
Tried to be a little creative and I can see myself miserably failing. But practice makes perfect!

I am Vinita, Currently 23 and am a Type 2 Diabetic for 5 years. I have my own angsty struggles story which I will elaborate in a bit but long story short - It's been an tough ride.

Currently, my sugar levels are a mess as I almost haven't been regular with my medicines over a year now. I wanted to consult a psychologist, but I ain't sure about it. Tried talking to my parents before and they labelled me as 'being fussy'. So I stopped telling them. Over the past year, I have had really supportive friends but the struggle is really with oneself. I was away from home for 2 and a half years and thus diet, food and fun was like I wanted it to be - Careless

I am back to my hometown, Mumbai, hopefully looking for a more serious approach to health and weight loss. My parents are also diabetic with my father being a chronic diabetic.

TL;DR - An Young (Idiot but ambitious) Indian who has been diabetic since she is 18 and is kicking it with it till today!

PS- I really love talking.
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Some quick FAQ's I have faced in real life and would share online
1) How did I find out?
My menstruation cycle was messed up and thus went for a blood test. Guess what did they find out?! My sugars were 336 and were soring. Also explained why I would sleep almost instantaneously.
The doctor dug my report out and found out I was a borderline diabetic 7 years back from then... That's when I was 11!

2) Juvenile or Not to Juvenile?
As per my age I am Juvenile but my treatment is that of type 2. I am medication for Sugars and Cholesterol.

3) How is life?
****! In general **** coz, I am a student with a crazy deadline and lots of dreams. And also in terms of health. I am so jealous of people who hogg cafe food almost every day and can just eat whatever they want. They can drown in Nutella while looking at a jar just makes want to lick it and then just keep the spoon in my mouth. I have been unapologetically careless and now it's time for a change.

4)My health?
I have a horrible stamina and also am overweight. The fight with weight loss has been hell and it just never bulges! Also after medication, I have become more anxious, restless and very week. I feel like sleeping All the time

5) Don't you have friends?
I have amazing friends but no matter how much they try, they don't know what I go through. Worst, my entire family has no clue about my illness and thus can't post things about it. Just my immediate family and 2 aunts know this. And that's why I am happy I found this forum to have some.. you know.. company

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Hope to find more people as a support structure coz being an angsty wild teen/youth and diabetic, in the fast-food life ... is a challenge.
which I am ready to take on!
 

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Welcome to the forum, Vinita!

It sounds like you're facing a number of challenges, but I think they can all be addressed, if not surmounted. It'll take you wanting to be in charge of your diabetes rather than it in charge of you. But you're young yet and I think you can do it if you want to. :smile2:

You've come to a good place. There are many people here with diabetes, discovered in childhood or much later; Type 1, Type 2, Type 1.5 (LADA); managed with some combination of diet, exercise, and medication (if necessary). We all face the challenges you do of family and friends not necessarily understanding our issues and, sometimes, our preferences. Sometimes our main issue is how we're addressing our own condition. Read around and you'll see a variety of approaches to our diagnoses and the way we reacted to our diabetes.

We typically recommend to new people two things:
- One, please watch this
. It's around 18 minutes but it does a good job of describing how our bodies use glucose and what happens when things are not in balance (what we typically call diabetes, though there are other conditions that have similar symptoms).
- Two, please visit the Web site Blood Sugar 101. It explains how much diet affects blood glucose levels and how you can get yours better under control.

I might also recommend to you looking at this Web site, which discusses how to better fit an appropriate diabetic diet into the busy complicated life it sounds like you have!

I hope you choose to stick around, Vinita. You bring a different perspective to the group and I think we'll all be the better for your being here.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Vinita!

It sounds like you're facing a number of challenges, but I think they can all be addressed, if not surmounted. It'll take you wanting to be in charge of your diabetes rather than it in charge of you. But you're young yet and I think you can do it if you want to. :smile2:

You've come to a good place. There are many people here with diabetes, discovered in childhood or much later; Type 1, Type 2, Type 1.5 (LADA); managed with some combination of diet, exercise, and medication (if necessary). We all face the challenges you do of family and friends not necessarily understanding our issues and, sometimes, our preferences. Sometimes our main issue is how we're at happens when things are not in balance (what we typically call diabetes, though there are other conditions that have similar symptoms).
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I hope you choose to stick around, Vinita. You bring a different perspective to the group and I think we'll all be the better for your being here.
First of all, thank you for that amazing TED Talk. Not even 24hrs and I already see it having a great influence. I also never knew there is something called 1.5 Type. That's something new to read up on.

Thank you for the amazing links. I'll make sure to go about it and refer them across.
I will definitely try being around. I am still a bit new and I feel the website as its design can be a bit friendlier to navigate but that's just me nitpicking.
Glad to have people around!

Now regarding that TED Talk, it sounds so groundbreaking but that diet change is equally going to be difficult. Being someone from a very rich food background, cutting out carbs sounds almost perfect on paper, but is a total nightmare for me in practice.

Did you to transition to different diets like in the talk? how was your experience?
 

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I did a fair job of ignoring my Type 2 diagnosis for several years. But I did my own version of “low-carb” by skipping the French fries that came with the burger or eating the fries and mot eating the bun from the burger.

By the standard we use for the term on this forum it wasn’t truly low-carb but it probably kept things from getting much worse.

A little over a year ago, though, I decided to take my diabetes seriously and went truly low-carb. I try to take in fewer than 30 grams of carbohydrates a day. For me it works. No meds needed. My doctor is very happy with my numbers too.

It has been an adjustment for sure. I still miss some foods. As someone who loves to eat and cook and visit restaurants, I dealt with a sense of loss for the foods I chose to stop eating.

But it’s the price of my being healthy and — as diabetes goes — if I can keep on track just by NOT eating foods my body doesn’t need, that’s pretty easy decision for me.
 

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Welcome Vinita. I was diagnosed last May. I didn't have the classic symptoms. I changed insurance companies and was looking for a new primary doc. When I went in for a meet and greet, he looked at my family history. I had been tested for T2 back in 2003, but luckily, I wasn't diabetic. Since it had been 14 years since I was tested, he sent me to get lab work done.

I've since lowered my A1C from 10.5 to 5.3. I'm on low carb/high fat. I always avoided avocados because of their fat content, but now, I get to eat them. I eat an avocado a day. I used to eat mostly chicken, but I've since incorporated fish, mostly cod and salmon, to my diet.

I hope you continue to post. Everyone here is so helpful.
 

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Hi VinitaSay2, welcome to the forum. Looking forward to hearing more from you.
 

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Thank you for sharing and for being so open! Hearing others expierences is what helps me get through the struggle! Thank you again!
 
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