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are you worried about future possible complications related to diabetes ?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Charis1213, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Charis1213

    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What are you thoughts , do you think when we have it under control we won't get complications ?
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what damage has been done to my body before DX. I don't know what the future holds.

    My main concern is to try and control the here and now.

    I am not considering the future, what on earth would the purpose be of worrying yourself sick thinking of all the possible complications that may well never happen.
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Charis - I must say, my take on it is that I can't change what may have happened in the past, but I can try to do my best on a day to day basis now. Of course some days go better than others and sometimes events, sometimes stressful things, get in the way, but doing our best is important.

    If, by past events, or as a result of things that we can't control in the future, I develop a complication, then I just have to deal with it.

    As someone who was diagnosed over 5 years ago, of course it's easy to say, but that's where I am on it.
     
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  4. Charis1213

    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you , my theory is that if we control our condition then surly that puts a stop to the conditions given upon diagnosis .
     
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  5. Spl@

    [email protected] Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Worrying will cause its own problems and I have done more than enough stupid to cause my demise from non diabetic causes.

    Living the diabetic way gives me quality of life now. My asthma has gone, lower leg inflamation/swelling has gone. I look good and sleep like a baby.

    That will do me fine. No need to worry about tommorow.
     
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  6. hankjam

    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    The future is a far off land, my actual unit of time is a week. How is this week doing against my hopes. Generally not too bad, some ups and some downs.
    Weigh myself once every two weeks, found weekly to be too often.
    So far so good.
    My fingers are crossed there's no change.
     
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  7. Charis1213

    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Have to admit to feeling the best i have in years , my friend said me and my husband look 10 years younger . I found that really amazing because I do think we both look younger and this is only in 7 weeks doing keto . Just has to be good .
     
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  8. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not really. Already sufferered from quite serious complications and have now recovered. Additionally, as I’m not using any medication to achieve glucose control, I feel that my body is happy with the natural tools I am giving it every day.

    I’m certainly now on a truer path to good health and prosperity than I have been at any other time in my adult life. Time kills us all, but in terms of diabetes, I feel like I already dodged that bullet.
     
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    EllsKBells Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hope it's okay to bring the perspective of a T1 in

    I was 16 when I was diagnosed, and consequently, immortal, and so I wasn't that worried about complications. Then, early 2018, after 6 years of T1, I got my background retinopathy diagnosis, and now complications seem to loom large like a monster around every corner. My Hba1c is 64, a lot higher than I would like, but I seem to be fighting a losing battle with it.

    Some people just seem to have got some kind of magic luck - someone of my acquaintance has abused his diabetes constantly, and yet after over 20 years, not a single complication.

    @hankjam that's a really good way of looking at it, and it gave me a little bit of hope :)
     
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    walnut_face Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    On diagnosis I had constant pins and needles, after several months that went away, eyes are fine, but my kidneys - which were ok on diagnosis - are now showing signs of unfair wear and tear :D
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I don't worry about it at all. It never crosses my mind because I know I have normal levels and good blood markers with no medication, and am 5 years from diagnosis (or will be in exactly a week's time). I just do my best to keep it this way. No-one knows what is round the corner., and what is round the corner will still be there whether we worry about it or not.
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I try not to think about it and do my utmost to control the beast
     
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    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Charis1213, After 52 years on insulin I still have not given up hope that whatever has happened to me, particularly through the early years before glucose meters, pumps, fancy insulins, CGM etc that I can still try to keep complications at bay.
    I just accept that cataracts happened as did carpal tunnel syndromes and trigger triggers. Some of us will likely be more prone to certain troubles than others.
    But figures like Dr Richard Bernstein and the fine example he sets give me inspiration.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    I can't see any mechanism where we would be more likely to suffer from the usual suspects if we have the same blood sugar levels as non diabetics..?
     
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  15. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Worth remembering that apparently hypoglycaemics and exogenous insulin move the glucose out of the blood, not the body.

    Lots of data and opinion to suggest that medicated glucose control isn’t necessarily, in itself, a reliable indicator of complication outcomes.
     
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    derry60 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Well, I had a heart attack 14 years ago and died, was brought back. Tests found cancer cells in my cervix a few years back, ok now. Then I had Polyps on my Uterus. I contacted Campylobacter and was on a drip for 4 days and seriously ill. I have arthritis everywhere, I also have Fibromyalgia. Then I was diagnosed with being pre-diabetic. This is just another challenge for me. I am damned if I am going to become diabetic. I will fight it by keeping my BGL's in the right range. Diabetes is not the death sentence as it used to be. People are more clued up now..Hopefully, others will find this site and learn how they can help themselves get better, or the NHS will wake up and change their way of thinking regarding diet. We are all troopers : )
     
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  17. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Well something is going to get us all one day, but yes I worry when I get a run of unexplained highs. Or when I've been wearing heels for days and my toes ache.
     
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    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Who knows, we can only do our best to minimise the risk. Watch out for buses, tricky little so and sos (as in "could get knocked down by a bus tomorrow.")
     
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    Muneeb Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't worry too much about background retinopathy, its very common in diabetics. But it can be reversed with good control, our bodies are marvelous things and with good control they can repair a lot of damage done before. The main aim is to get your glucose levels as close to a non-diabetic as possible (sounds easy but not so easy in practice I know). As they say, wear is a natural process but how quick it happens depends on how well you manage the process.
     
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  20. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    In many ways those of us who strive to keep our diabetes under control are probably likely to have fewer complications in life than those who are not diabetic who may be following a lifestyle guaranteed to make them ill. I think what most of us (on this site anyway) have in common is a desire to take control of our health across the board, not just in relation to glucose levels. I know you can't alter your genes but you sure as heck can improve your chances. So, in answer to the question, yes, it's natural to think about potential complications but not to worry excessively about them when we are doing good stuff to minimise them.
     
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