hi Jeanne @JeanneMS,
I am a optimist, so I think that a lot of things are possible, including a very slow onset of eventual diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. the way I see it, diabetes is difficult to diagnose. Random blood sugar testing does not diagnose it (definitively). so many many people share a story of years of suffering and then many (especially if you are over 20 years old) will also say their doctors first put them on Type 2 diabetes drugs or misdiagnosed them with type 2. so sure… I think its possible and I believe you.
please understand that many of us were diagnosed between 6-14, this disease used to be called Juvenile Diabetes because, until further study confirmed otherwise, it was a childhood onset disease.
please also understand that type 1 is rare compared to type 2, and so there is mass confusion and misunderstandings when it comes to what diabetes is and how to treat it.
my body started to make insufficient insulin after a virus and severe sunburn (likely unrelated). over the next 8 months, I went from typical drinking of water to massive drinking of water with corresponding massive loss of weight… without insulin, your body becomes dehydrated and will begin to consume fat and muscle in order to power muscles and even the brain. Once you stop making insulin… COMPLETELY… you can live probably a month to 4 months as you starve to death. the total length of time you can survive depends on a lot of things, as DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) can just plain end your life.
understanding type 1 and how to treat it with insulin takes a long time and we’re all students. The best reference I have come across is “Think Like a Pancreas” and for about 13 bucks it is worth the read.
your correlating observations with respect to alcohol may not be everyone’s experience. alcohol has zero effect on my diabetes as long as I know how to treat the drinks that have carbohydrates with insulin and understand how alcohol interferes with the absorption of carbs as well. again, for me, no problems with alcohol and blood sugar.
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