Real Patients: Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

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Well I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in actually January, 1990.

I was diagnosed three years ago.

I was diagnosed September, 2015.

Some things had occurred. I was a little more slower in my physical fitness training program.

Thirst was one of the big things with me. I just could not quench my thirst.

At night I did not have a steady sleep. I had to get up and use the bathroom more often.

I had an episode when I was working out at Kelly Air Force Base where I did get dizzy.

I didn’t feel well to my body. And so I just went in for a check-up, for a routine check-up.

They measured my blood over two months time.

And they found out that my glucose level was about where it should be.

And then several days after they called me with the information that I was type 2 diabetes.

It was a shock because I thought that I was basically going to be exempt because it was mostly on the female side of my family.

I had never contemplated that happening to me. It was a surprise.

I think I was just in shock. So much so that I actually started to cry on the phone. Which is not too cool but I did.

I had hoped that I would avoid any kind of disease after retirement. I was hoping to live a very long and without much discernment in terms of my own health.

It’s like wait a minute, I just went in for some refills. How do you get, how do you come up with type 2 diabetes? I mean I just, I just had all that lab work done.

And that really caused me to start to contemplate and think about, okay what’s in the best interest of me getting better?

It’s not a death sentence. If you listen and you learn and you apply, you’re going to be okay.