If you have diabetes, you share something in common with many people. It may not seem this way, as it is not a condition that is in your face. But do not doubt it for a second. There are likely many people around you who also have diabetes, particularly Type 2. This is especially true if you live in western society.
However, you may be an unconventional diabetic. If you share your condition with someone and that person is surprised or confounded, it may be a sign you are not what is viewed as being a typical diabetic. Why? If you have Type 2 diabetes, and you are confusing people when you share it with them; it could be because you are young. Historically speaking, Type 2 diabetes has afflicted older populations almost exclusively. In younger communities, it has always been Type 1 diabetes, which is why it is also known as juvenile-onset diabetes.
If you are caught somewhere in the middle, it is going to be perplexing to many people; especially if you are in your twenties, or even younger.
There is an unfortunate trend in modern society. We are seeing Type 2 diabetes afflicting our youth at unprecedented rates. People are getting this form of diabetes at younger ages. What was once an anomaly is now uncommon, but still prevalent nonetheless. If you are an unconventional diabetic, you are part of this group and unfortunately this trend.
If you are a young diabetic with Type 2, it is almost certain you are overweight and eating a poor diet. It is likely you consume a high volume of sugars. And it is not just sodas, although they are a common cause of concern for many young diabetics.
In some ways, unconventional diabetics are at higher risk. If you have Type 2 diabetes at a young age, you are predisposing yourself to its consequences at a time where you should not be having any serious health problems. Consistently inflamed blood vessels may be an issue for someone who is in their fifties or beyond. Having severe health issues in your twenties, however, would be a catastrophe, because it could lead to a life-threatening development in just a few years.
What a waste it would be to die young from a preventable disease. On the other hand, knowing this could be the spark that leads you to correct your faults and improving your lifestyle for good. It could set you on the right track as you age.
Be mindful of your situation, and make the right decisions.