Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

3/6/03

Q:
I am a 32 year old white male with no known family history of diabetes on either side of my family. I was moderately overweight by say 15 to 20 pounds, but I worked out in the mornings before work and some of the weight was muscle. I also did 40 to 50 minutes of cardio each workout. My diet wasn't great, but it wasn't full of fast food or fried foods either. I did have a penchant for sweets. I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and can't understand where it came from. I have had some very stressful times in the past, such as job loss and a recent marriage among others. These stressors are things someone my age goes through, though, and without the family history, I would never have dreamed of even being concerned with developing diabetes. Any suggestions on how I could have gotten it?

A:
There may be a family history you're not aware of. In the past, the criteria for diabetes was at a higher fasting level than it is now; many people over the years, for a variety of reasons, have gone undetected, or told they were "borderline." You may have a genetic component that your lifestyle triggered. You are now doing the "right" interventions, and should be able to control your diabetes. Review our archives section for information on management and goals; this should prove very helpful to you now.



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