The Older the Better


I say Amen to getting diabetes older rather than younger.  In every case.  Less cumulative damage.  Not to mention, it would have been nice to get to adulthood in one piece before diabetes set in.  Instead, I felt like an adult as a child and had to struggle big time through what should have been the “prime” of life. 

It’s never too late to carry the attitude that “now” is one’s prime.  But, I just don’t understand the discussion regarding when it’s best to get type 1.  Obviously, never.  But, after that, I’d say the older the better.  Wouldn’t anyone?  It’s not like type 1 children ever get used to needles.  So that’s no advantage. 

Maybe it varies from case to case and we don’t know if someone benefited until much later.  The “it’s your destiny” thing.

Maybe it’s just pointless to ask this question.

What do you think?

8 thoughts on “The Older the Better

  1. Melissa E

    I was diagnosed at 26, 9 months after I got married, 4 months after finishing grad school and 2 years after starting a new career. The good things to being diagnosed later…I was more mature and health conscious so making the transition to a healthy diet was simple…my parents didn’t have the burden of raising a child with diabetes. On the other hand, I know what life was like as a non-D, I lived the sweet life and didn’t even know it and I miss it, dearly. My whole life was turned upside down, my whole life path that I had worked so hard to follow had to change to accommodate my demanding health. Sometimes I think it would be easier if I didn’t know what it was like to not have D. But like you said, there is no good time to get it, we all have our struggles! Love your blog!

  2. Sysy Post author

    Thanks for your comment, Melissa! I don’t remember nearly as much as you (I was diagnosed at 11) but, I always asked myself the same thing, “would it be better if I didn’t remember life before diabetes?” That’s a really good point.

  3. Kirsten

    I was diagnosed at age 31 during the pregnancy of my 2nd daughter. I was actually misdiagnosed with Gestational Diabetes although I had none of the characteristics/risk factors associated with GD and I was insulin dependent. So, after my daughters birth my blood sugar never returned to normal and finally after doing a c-peptide test I was diagnosed as type 1. I feel so incredibly grateful that I was able to get to this age and to have my two daughters before being diabetic. I can imagine how different my life would have been if I had grown up diabetic. Luckily, I am an RN and was able to quickly teach myself how to live as a type 1 (through many tears and grief). However, the main thing that made it difficult for me being diagnosed at a later age was the lack of a support system. When children/teens are diagnosed they have their parents to give them emotional support and to deal with the insurance company nightmares to cover supplies. But, when it happens as an adult you are pretty much on your own, at least that’s how it was in my case. Everyone just assumed I was handling it well and adjusting because I didn’t want to burden any of my family with the difficulties I was experiencing. In June it will be 4 years since my journey with diabetes began and each day it gets harder to remember life before diabetes.
    By the way, I am so happy to have found this website! There is so much info here that relates to me…thank you!!

  4. Sysy Post author

    So glad you found the site, Kirsten!

    Thanks so much for your comment, it was very insightful. You made a wonderful point about how children have this support system around them and adults are well…adults, and have to handle their issues largely on their own. I could not imagine getting diabetes while raising children and balancing all the duties that come with being a parent. I’m still adjusting to the parenting thing lol.

  5. Kelly

    I was just diagnosed in October 2010, at 20 years old. I’m really grateful that if I had to get it, I got it now. Before I was “set in my ways” but after I’d been able to grow up some. It’s a good time for me to transition if the transition ever had to be made. And I’m too much of a perfectionist to think about my parents having control over my blood sugars. lol

  6. Marion

    I was diagnosed 1 month before my 21st birthday in march of 1996. I still feel blessed that I was diagnosed when my life was not set in a pattern and I have full control of how I was going to change and run my life.

    It scares me when I see kids that are having a hard time taking care of them selves trying to get out of parent control. It also scares me seeing adults that are stuck in there ways having just as hard of a time taking control of what they need to do now that they are diabetic.

  7. Sysy Post author

    Marion, It’s great that you’re so grateful about when you got diagnosed :) I bet that outlook has helped you a lot over the years. Thanks for sharing a perspective I don’t naturally see due to being diagnosed as a kid. I really appreciate it :)

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