I should have known better, but your first thoughts are the worst (1:52)
Sean, 34, felt like he was kicked in the stomach when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 25.
"If you just found out you have type 2 diabetes, you might feel shocked or depressed. Sean, who was diagnosed in his mid-20s, thought the worst. His grandfather had died of the disease, and he associated diabetes with amputation, nerve damage, kidney failure, and blindness. He was afraid he could never eat cake again. Then he met with his physician, endocrinologist, and diabetes educator. The more he learned about managing diabetes, the better he felt. “The main question you have to ask yourself as a newly diagnosed diabetic is do you want to be healthy? Do you want to live a long time?” says Sean. “Because you still have complete control over those factors. It may not feel like it. But you have utter control.“