Hi Kelly, I was 25 years old with a slightly higher BMI and was diagnosed as Type 2. I was way too young and didn’t understand why.
Some 30 years later, and by then on insulin, I had some Type 1 antibody testing at my insistence, and it turns out I have Type 1 - long suspected by me. The variety of Type 1 I have is LADA - Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood, which is a form that takes much longer to become insulin dependent than younger people with Type 1.
But all those years of Type 2, I just blamed it on genetics. Yes, I was embarrassed sometimes to say I had Type 2 because I knew I didn’t eat my way to it, but somehow, yes I felt guilty because people’s assumptions are otherwise, even the medical profession.
I led a healthy lifestyle, played sport, ate healthy and still, this horrid thing was going on at such a young age.
Something really great to read is Jenny’s article: You did not eat your way to diabetes - specifically about Type 2.
Of course if you’re pre-diabetes, or know it’s through your family, paying attention to diet and fitness goes a long way to staving off full-blown Type 2 diabetes. For me, where once weight would fall off me once I even thought the word ‘diet’, once on insulin, it became a battle.
So, yes to all your questions except the last one. I’ve always suspected Type 2 had much more to do with genetics than we’re led to believe. There are plenty of overweight, obese and morbidly obese people who don’t get diabetes, and may never get it. That speaks volumes! Lucky them!
I’m hoping that the more research points to genetics and a process that causes the weight gain long before diabetes is diagnosed, the more the medical profession and the general public will change their attitudes on this issue.
Even though I’m Type 1 (or LADA/Type 1.5), I will fight on for this issue.
My question for you is… Do you know for sure you are Type 2?