Something I will never know for sure….

What caused my diabetes?

I eat for stress, comfort, when I’m happy, fatigued, and feeling really good. It would be easy to say that I have diabetes because I am morbidly obese.

However, if I speculate a little bit…

I have extreme sleep apnea which I treat with 100% compliance with a CPAP.

If I compare my ‘fat and sick’ levels of energy and alertness with my ‘150lb 15yr old me’, I strongly believe that I had sleep apnea or some other metabolic condition in my teens. Ofcourse, in the 80s, sleep apnea was not a household word.

By the time I was in college, I had already passed 220lbs, and things like sleeping in the shower standing up was already ‘normal’.

I was almost 40 before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
My pressures have always been high, and I actually snore while using my mask.

In 2006, I had an ENT doctor send a camera up my nose, he wanted to do surgery on me. Basically, peel my face back, burn and cotterize my nasal tissue, and take a chisel to the bone to open up my airway.
Sorry about the TMI description LOL.

I refused the surgery. My condition is manageable with a cpap mask. I am more of a mouth breather than most. Plus there are steroidal sprays that I could help me but I am currently managing without them.