When most people see “BS” they automatically think the words “Bull Shit”. But to a large group of people it has a much darker and serious meaning. I am a Diabetic. I have been a diabetic since I was 17 years old. It has come out today that I have been a diabetic since I was 12 or 13 years old. This is rather surprising and adds up for me. But because of that I have developed quite a few complications.
That is one thing about Diabetes that even if your the perfect patient and do everything they say, that doesn’t mean that you will be any better, or that you won’t have complications in your life due to it.
There are two types of traditional Diabetes, but it is becoming more common to be a mixture as well.
- Type 1: Autoimmune, destroys most of the beta cells in the pancreas so little or no insulin is produced
- Type 2: Insulin Resistant. the body can not absorb and use insulin made by the body
- Type 1.5: Both Insulin Resistant and the body produces very little insulin.
I want to clarify a few things for people. First off, just because someone is over weight means that they will get diabetes, or because they have type 2 that they should be over weight, Body type and shape have nothing to do with it. Our bodies produce a certain amount of insulin. A certain amount that can just run out.
So as diabetics we are supposed to test our blood sugars 3-5 times a day. The numbers should range from 90-120. Some times we need insulin and others we have had to much and so we need to correct to get back into the healthy range.
It’s a constant struggle and it’s something we must live with everyday. Going to the movies? Better make sure I grab the right amount of insulin if I want popcorn. Going on vacation? You will need a small suitcase to carry all of your supplies for even just a few days. Want to go for a jog? going to need to take some extra sugar along just incase.
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Neuropathy (Nerve Damage & Kidney Damage)
- Retinopathy (Eye Damage)
- Foot Damage
- Skin and Mouth Conditions
- Alzheimer’s Disease
But today I found out something else. I developed Diabetes because of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It was such a crushing day. So many complications. Sigh
- Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
- Increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
- Cysts on the ovaries
- Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
- Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
- Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
- Pelvic pain
- Anxiety or Depression
Sadly I have all but one of these symptoms. It’s a long road ahead of me. I but like anything else in my life I can handle it. I will learn. I will adapt. I will concur. But some days it isn’t that easy to do. The worst part of any disease is the effect it has on your spiritual and mental issues. The havoc it places on you, making you feel worthless, less of a person, not like a woman. Some days are crushing. Today was one of those days. Time to dust off and start again.