So which came first?
The hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance that cause wacky blood glucose (hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia)?
Or the wacky blood glucose that causes mood swings?
Or the mood swings that drive me to crave more and more carbs (desire to self-medicate when I feel bad) and make me feel unnaturally exhausted?
Or the carb cravings and exhaustion driving me to eat too much and cocoon alone in my apartment too much?
Or the eating too much and cocooning at home too much that causes me to gain weight?
Or the weight-gain causing hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance?
Yikes. Where is a Gordian Knot cutting tool when you need one?
All I know is that as soon as I went through puberty, I went from being a quite slim, super active, well-muscled and generally healthy to child who wasn’t all that interested in eating, to being locked into a life-long fight with chronic depression, reactive hypoglycemia, food cravings, severe PMS, wildly irregular cycles and weight gain – decades before being diagnosed with T2 or Hashimoto’s or PCOS.
I wonder if, in 100 years, humankind will have the medical knowledge and tools to prevent my cluster of bum genes from expressing themselves – if they’ll be able to test for…something, and nip the whole mess in the bud when a girl like me is 12 or 13?
Looking back, can you see a thread of signs, symptoms and conditions that seem to foreshadow your T2 diagnosis, perhaps by decades?