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If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Diabetic Complications In Young People

Are you familiar with the recent medical study that compares complications in young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The results surprised me. 

"Teens and young adults with type 2 diabetes develop kidney, nerve and eye diseases - as well as some risk factors for heart disease - more often than their peers with type 1 diabetes in the years shortly after diagnosis"

My son is Type 1, so some may be thinking this might have me feeling better about my son's diabetes as he is "less at risk". 

This doesn't make me feel better at all. It makes me incredibly sad.

Dr. Barbara Linder, one of the authors of the study and a senior advisor for childhood diabetes research at the NIH points out that "there seems to be this assumption that young people will not develop complications from diabetes, but that's just not true."

Participants in the study had complications or were showing the risk of complications by the time they were 21 years old.

Diabetes is hard. You get no break from it. Ever. And it changes almost daily and throws you curve balls all the time. It. Is. Hard.

One of the first things the endocrinologist (who I owe my son's life to for educating me about dealing with this monster) told me is that "Diabetes is a horrible, nagging thing." At the time I thought that was a strange thing to say. "What kind of doctor would say this to a newly diagnosed patient?!" Now I know... an honest doctor, that's who. An honest doctor who is preparing their shocked patient to grab this bull by the horns, that's who.

No matter what age you are, as tired as you are, and as difficult as it seems never ignore or give up on your diabetes. Doing so means you will give up on you.

Dig deep because you have much more to contribute and give to your family, society and to yourself than to settle for this.

Don't settle. Don't ignore it. You can fight this...


To read more about the study visit this NIH link.

6 comments:

  1. I have always preferred to be treated by a doctor that did not sugarcoat the facts. When you know the facts, you build the right time to support you and start fighting. So, I agree - YOU CAN FIGHT THIS!

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    1. Same here - If you do not know what you are fighting, then you won't know how to fight!

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  2. I'm so sorry for your's and your son's struggle, but thank God he has you!! You educate the rest of us on this disruptive disease. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you April.. I think for us the key is that to try not to make it a struggle.. yes, it is challenging.. always.. but with the right mind set, diabetes can become a regular part of life.. and in the case of Type2s, it can often be minimized, or less severe with the right lifestyle changes.

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  3. You're doing amazing work educating the world on Diabetes Pam. Those risk factors you've shown are scary, I'm sure most people don't understand the complications of diabetes.

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    1. Thank you Angela.. They risks are scary if people do not take it serious.. Sometimes diabetes is referred to as a silent killer because these complications will not show themselves right away.. it is critical to get the younger diabetic population to understand the severity of it all.

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