Hello everyone. I hope your all doing good today! I'm not completely new here. However I was diagnosed on Friday. I have a post (see link below) which gives a run down on whats been happening with me over the past few weeks, my mental state and symptoms. Please take a look if you wish to know the details. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/not-diagnosed-yet-but-very-high-glucose-level.106113/ Although I have been diagnosed this is the best I have felt for at least 2 months. Finally getting to know why my life has been going downhill so fast recently. Hopefully things will get better for me soon. I have had quite a bumpy ride through my life since I was about 24. I have made many many mistakes and regret them so very much. My diabetes is self inflicted so hopefully this post will help others to avoid the same mistakes. A brief history about me.... Born in Southport, Lancashire 09/02/1978. At 9 years old we moved to a lovely house in the middle of nowhere just south of Carlisle in Cumbria near the Lake district border. All was good up until I was about 24. However, since 13 the things which have led up to me being diagnosed with diabetes all started behind the 'smoking tree' at school where I tried my first cigarette. I had tried alcohol during the occasional family meal at the local pub. I tried cannabis for the first time at 15 and I loved it. From then on it was a downward spiral staircase. I cant remember exactly what age I was but at about 17 I had tried amphetamines (and goodness knows what else that they were mixed with). The cannabis went on from there with occasional (separate) binges of drinking and and meth. A little later I had used cocaine too. I have also abused benzodiazepines and opiates (except heroin) at various times too. So, not surprisingly, at 24 and after enduring a lot of stress in the workplace I was diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety disorder. I think the main cause of this for me was obviously the drugs but I feel it was mostly the cannabis. I have been on numerous anti depression drugs since. By 30 I was regularly drinking and smoking cannabis with more binges of meth and cocaine. The cannabis was causing high anxiety. Two or so years later I had managed to give up the cannabis and had very rarely used meth and coke. So after that the anxiety became much less. Not long after I was introduced to Kratom. That really helped with the depression and all was pretty much OK. Until of course I had built up a high tolerance to it. Then I went back to alcohol which very quickly got seriously out of control. It was alcohol pretty much all day every day until 2 years ago when I ended up in hospital with extreme abdominal pain. When they woke me up after a 10 day induced coma I was told of the damage the alcohol had done. Ruptured Spleen (Open splenectomy), *PANCREATITIS*, a damaged liver, gall stones and very nearly complete kidney failure. You would have thought that 1 visit to hospital would have stopped the drinking but the grip it had on me was indescribable. Eventually after being totally stupid, selfish and had had 12 more trips to the hospital was the time I stopped the alcohol. That was Christmas last year. The following few months I felt like I had been reborn again and all was going really well. Then from the beginning of June I started to go downhill. Getting more tired everyday but at the same time I was so tense, couldn't relax, my depression got worse and I lost interest in everything I love. I thought it was the depression and anxiety. I was thinking Diabetes or Anemia in the back of my mind for the past couple of months but it was only last week when I started to be so thirsty and craving ice cold water (and lots of it) I knew something was seriously wrong. That's when I asked for a blood test and here I am now starting my new journey. I know there are many different types of diabetes and many different causes and or reasons why people have it but the cause of my diabetes surely is a self inflicted one. So I hope that my post will also serve as a warning and help deter some youngsters from using drugs, which includes alcohol. Some people do not think of alcohol as a drug, but it is. Alcohol has the potential to do so much permanent damage to our organs. One of which is the pancreas. Pancreatitis is extremely painful to put it mildly and increases your chances of developing diabetes. Anyway. Now that I have been diagnosed and have been injecting since only Friday I already feel so much better. I now realise just how bad things have been and how much my sugar levels have been changing over the last 2 months. The last week especially. It's obviously been creeping up on me for a while. I have been told that its a long road I'm now on and there will be many pot holes. But I hope I can dodge as many of them as possible. If any of you would like to comment I would be love to hear from you. I also hope that in time when I get more experienced that I can offer help and advice to others as much as I possibly can. Thanks so much for reading. Andrew. Added 17:22.... With being in hospital so much I had to switch to e-cigarettes as I was still smoking. Since then I actually prefer to use them and up until 2 weeks ago was only smoking 1 cigarette every 3 days. Thinking whats the point in still smoking real cigarettes... so I stopped. Now I'm slowly cutting down on the nicotine content of the e-liquids.