Diabetic Complications in Young People

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.
 

Diabetic Complications in Young People Can Arise from Both Type 1 and Type 2

 
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, how tired you are and how difficult 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…

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