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Diabetes - The progressive killer

How many of you suffer from this silent, creeping, dibilitating disease?? Diabetes, we have all heard of it but how many truly understand its consequences. The loss of limbs, blindness, organ failure, its all there. Ones sugars can be very difficult to control let alone understanding how to control them. From extreme highs to pass out lows, for someone who doesn't suffer, it can be very difficult to comprehend. Monitoring sugar levels at least 6 times a day all the while trying to inject yourself with the right amount of insulin to counter act the effects of what you eat!! Love to hear input from others who suffer from this disease or those who live with others who suffer and want to understand more. If we communicate we may be able to help each other and perhaps live a little longer and not suufer such serious life altering side effects.

I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in January this year. It was rather scary as it was a regular checkup with the doctor. I did not realise that I had had uncontrolled diabetes all last year - I had lost 23 kg, was not sleeping well and in Nov, Dec last year I was extremely thirsty and visiting the bathroom more times than when I was heavily pregnant - all big signs that something was not right. I had to make appointments to check my eyes, feet and visit the scary dietician. In 11 months however, I have managed to get my blood glucose levels down to almost normal. I used to eat a lot of sugar - I also have non-alcoholic fatty liver, which sugar managed to stuff up as well. As for my diet now, I don't eat cakes or biscuits anymore. I still have a chocolate bar or two each week as a treat and I use Low GI sugar for any cooking. It is really hard to live without sugar but my health and body are thanking me each day. People need to realise that fruit and vegetables are your best friends when it comes to your health.

Hi Lee, sounds like you have got your type two under control now which is great news. Keep up the good work and keep letting everyone know the dangers of processed foods. All you symptoms were typical of diabetes and exactly what I experienced before I was diagnosed. Check this thread at regular intervals and comment to bring it to the top of the list and in the forefront of discussion. Cheers


My brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in his early 20's. I had a nurse friend who was working in the A&E ward on the day he was admitted and she told me afterwards, once he was out of the red, that she wasn't sure he was going to make it. He had lost so much weight and was dehydrated that he looked like a skeleton, so scary. No one was diabetes in our family, but drs think it may have be triggered through a virus he had had. He does have to inject himself with insulin twice a day, and his levels go up and down all the time. I feel so sorry for him, but he copes. It helps he is still living at home, so my mum makes sure he is eating right. Did you see the news the other night where they are training dogs for diabetics as they can pick up when their sugar levels are low before the person can? I think that will be amazing, especially for those diabetics who live alone.

The dog thing sounds great. There are some fantastic medical advancements under development. I hope your brother is all good these days. Cheers


What a great topic. A disease that not many people know a lot about. My uncle had diabetes for years and was facing losing his legs but took his own life instead. Awful stuff and I guess it's true that problem shared is a problem halved. A public awareness campaign would be great to see.

Any suggestions on how we may get a public awareness campaign off the ground? I also agree that diabetes affects alot of New Zealands but is not discussed in any great detail. Cheers PR


Found a site worth checking out: You can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Learn how you can take small steps to change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/


All I know is that type 2 diabetes is easily preventable if people take the time to eat healthy(lots of fruit, nuts, unprocessed food and vegeatables in their diet), exercise and maintain a body mass index below 25. Unfortunately people with type 1 diabetes don't have this option.


I have type 2 thanks to years of poor diet and exercise. I was diagnosed this year with the early stages and it was a shock to say the least. I'm only 32. but it has been a very big wake up call and has forced me to grow up a bit and start taking care of myself, for myself and my family. I'm eating a lot healthier. i've cut out a lot of sugar (that's been hard working for a Bakery), cut back severely on booze and have increased my water and fruit intake substantially, and most of my Dinners are vege or salad heavy. I still have the occaisonal treat but it's limited to going out for dinners and special occaisons I've increased my working out by hiring a treadmill and walking/jogging 4-6Km a day (time permitting). It's having an impact, I've lost about 7kg's over the last 4 months. Still have a ways to go. My Doctor tells me that if i loose enough weight I can reverse the effects as i'm only just in the early stages, so that's my Goal. The biggest issue around it for me was my teeth and gums. they were in dire need of attention due to the diabetes and i had to have some extensive work done and be quite regimented in my cleaning and care of them ever since. essentailly It was like having my entire gum area infected; it was constantly aching and bleeding. My other worry is my eyesight. I wear glasses already due to a stigmatism, and have recently noticed a deterioration in my vision since my last optometrist's visit. I've had an xray taken of the back of my eyes which shows no evidence of haemorraging of the blood vessels (the tell tale sign of diabetes affected eyes) but it's still a very real risk if i don't get my blood sugar levels to a better level. i have a mate who is only 6 years older than me and is in the same boat. Unfortunately he suffered a massive heart attack during a softball game as a consequence of type 2 diabetes. He has 3 kids all under 10 years old. He wasn't dealing with his condition at all and it caught up with him big time. He's pretty dedicated to his health now i can tell you. i always focus in on what happened to him whenever i'm tempted to have another beer or buy KFC. All in all it's a bit of a hassle but I only have myself to blame. When your in your 20's your 10ft tall and bullet proof and think you can drink and eat whatever you want with impunity. The reality is in 10 years time it will catch up you, and that 10 years goes bloody fast.

Thanks for sharing your story Tim. I found it very interesting and I am heartened that you took it seriously enough to make some real life changes.

I was also diagnosed at 32 with type 2. I was not overweight, I didnt drink at all and I thought I was still well off middle age!! Anyway, my diabetes somehow morphed into type1. No one can tell me how or why but I have to deal with it!!

I also had an irresponsible mate only afew years older than me who refused to take his diabetes seriously. unfortunately for him he had a massive heartattack 2 years ago and didnt survive.

Continue to support your mate and keep up the great work you are doing, also stay in touch with this thread as I hope over time more people share their experiences here and we can perhaps develop this into something more significant.

All the best. PR.


My sons piano teacher recently commented on Diabetes and mentioned it would be great if we found a cure. Another mother piped up we already have - Don't eat sugar!

Unfortunatly that is a rather ill informed comment on her behalf. Perhaps she would like to try some time in my shoes. I am sure she would change her tune in a very short period of time.


Hi All, just having a look at our thread, and see we have had no further comments. Would really love to hear any further stories anyone has on their diabetes or that of people they know and how it affects them. I know that due to the progressive nature of this disease I will not have to many problems for the next couple of decades but thats when the fun really starts!! I just implore anyone who suffers to try their best to keep their sugar levels in check. I found I was very motivated by visiting my specialist diabetes nurse every month. She got on my case if I started to slack and gave me the hard word about what will happen to me in the future if I dont take it seriously now. Thanks to her help & motivation I have now got my sugars in check.


Unfortunately diabetes is becoming an epidemic in our country,my father,my mother and sister all have type 2 diabetes and none of them are hugely overweight,I am doing my best with a low fat diet,mild exercise to hopefully ward of this disease,genetics do play a part as well,and I know I have a battle on my hands,but my sheer determination hopefully will win through for me,only two of my family are on medication,the other so far has managed to control it with diet and exercises,so don't give up,it can be done


Watching your diet and excercise are good, possibly gene's come in to it as well. We had no family history of diabetes but my brother who is type 1 was told his diabetes presented itself after a virus he had (he was around 20). That virus seemed to 'awaken' it for want of a better word. We do have a family history of asthma and allergies and the dr said the diabetes could be tied in with that. I thought with Type 2, some cases are obvious such as bad diet, lack of excerise etc. Phillip, yours is an exception to the rule obviously. Good on you for getting your sugars in check. My brother still has issues, he won't drive as he is quite often goes high or low and he doesn't want to be a risk on the road. I do however think a little bit of excercise might help him, but he isn't a very active person and getting him moving is a mission. He is definitely not overweight (he is like a stick!) and he is good with his diet. Type 2 can be avoidable for some, I definitely think an awareness campaign would help.

Hi Shaun, Thanks for your post. Someone else suggested that mine may have been caused by a "virus" but I have no further information than that. Sounds strange, but I also have no history of diabetes in my family. My wife regulates my diet (bless her cotton socks!!). She is a very healthy eater and that is now how I eat, I also found that regular excercise helps alot. I took up Tae Kwon Do 4 years ago and the spin-off with my diabetes has been excellent. I dont drink either which is probably a god send as some alcohol has a very high sugar content. Keep working on your brother to get some excercise, even if its just walking the dog. I am sure it will assist with his control. Regards.

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