14 with diabetes

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/8/2005 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
hello. my name is rachel and i am 14 years old. i was diag. with diabetes in may of 2005. i would like to talk to anyone who may give me guidence about anything about diabetes. my email is ragjesusrox@hotmail.com. msn messenger is also a good way to talk to me. if anyone could help me with anything, i would be greatly appreciative. thanks so much.
        Love in Christ,

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/11/2005 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well this thing which only people got over 35 years of age has now found the younger generation as its latest hunt
Tr yto change your eating habits and get involved in activities that demand a lot of exercise
Be busy a major part of the day physically and it will be good for you
Do also consult a doctor regularly regarding your diet and routine
They will help you

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/11/2005 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tiadesai,

I'd just like to say that type 2 has been traditionally associated with older people, but I think Rachel probably has type 1 which has traditionally been called juvenile diabetes (although you are right that t2 is beginning to reach younger people). Eating habits have nothing to do with someone being t1 - it is an auto-immune disease (and t2 sometimes has something to do with diet but I think it's a lot to do with genetics) but of course your diet has to change once you become diabetic as carbs and insulin are so hand-in-hand with eachother. When you have to take insulin you need to be careful of the activity you do until you understand how it affects you as this can lead to hypos, so I woulnd't recommend a huge amount of heavy exercise unless someone knows what they need to do to keep sugars at a good level during and after. I'm speaking from experience here as I'm type1 and have been for 14 years.

Rachel, a lot of this is trial and error - you find what food affects you more than others, and by no means stop exercising! It just means you have to be a little more careful than most, and as tiadesai rightly says doctors etc will really help you out if you find someone who specialises in diabetes.

Good luck,
Claire x
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