Early in my diagnosis, when I was freaking out and worrying about the future, my doctor told me that the deterioration and complications that kill many diabetics are a result of prolonged exposure to high BG levels, and that with tight control and close monitoring (adjusting my diet, exercise & meds as necessary) I should be able to avoid that, and that if I do that, there’s no reason to think I can’t live as long and healthy a life as a non-diabetic. My doctor is a diabetes specialist whose clinic has won awards for diabetes care, and he’s also my brother. I trust him.
Other people (mostly older T2s) have told me that’s not necessarily true, that diabetes is degenerative no matter what you do, medications stop working after a few years, eventually every T2 ends up on insulin and then probably dialysis, if they don’t die of a heart attack first.
I feel more inclined to believe my brother, but my older T2 friends are kind of scaring me. I don’t want to give up on taking care of myself, but I don’t want to have my head in the sand, either.
What do you guys think? Those of you who’ve been living with T2 for awhile, what’s your experience been?