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I don’t know if there is a way to prevent type 2 diabetes. I have always been of normal weight. When I became pregnant, I was in my early thirties. Even though my weight gain during my pregnancies was normal, I got gestational diabetes. After I had both my babies, I went back to normal. I was told that I had a 60 percent chance of becoming diabetic in the future, and in order to prevent diabetes, I had to exercise, and maintain a normal weight. That worked until I started to have problems exercising due to foot deformities. At the age of 53, I became a type 2 diabetic. I still was not overweight, though. At the age of 56, I became very ill, and had to be hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis, and pancreatitis. I am now on insulin. This is my story of how I came to be a diabetic. I have a family history of it, but it seems to me that no matter what I did, I was destined to have the disease. My doctors think my diabetes is autoimmune because I’m not obese. There are all kinds of autoimmune diseases in my family, so that’s possible, but I couldn’t get a doctor to diagnose me as having autoimmune diabetes. There is no way to know for sure, and the treatment is to take insulin. I do know that since I have been taking insulin, I need to take increasingly higher doses to keep my blood sugars in check. To me that would mean that my body is destroying my pancreas.
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