Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 26, 1999
Question from Seattle, Washington, USA:
I am a 26 year old male with type 2 diabetes. I started feeling symptoms a year and a half ago, and was diagnosed 7 months later. From what I understand, people my age with type 2 diabetes are rare. My efforts to find some kind of support or even information on dealing with type 2 diabetes as a young adult have come up dry. Most literature and information seems geared towards much older, less active people than myself and while most of it applies to me, I maintain a normal body weight and do a good job of managing my blood sugars with diet, exercise and medication. I would just like to know if there is any information out there that specifically speaks to young adults with type 2 diabetes and if there are any support groups for people like me. I feel awfully lonely in my situation and would like to talk to others like me.
You are not completely alone, in fact more and more people are getting Type 2 at younger ages. I was diagnosed at age 31 myself, 19 years ago. Back then, my doc actually thought I had Type 1 because he wasn’t aware of type 2’s at that young age. We especially are seeing more and more young people who are Native American or Spanish ancestry.
I don’t know of any one place to contact people in your exact situation, but I don’t think that you should consider yourself so different from a young adult with type 1 diabetes. They are equally serious diseases and both require diligent attention to lifestyle and medications. You will probably find much support from others with diabetes. I think you should give them a try.