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Mackenzie Douthit of ‘Teen Mom 3’ recently opened up about the day she was diagnosed diabetic in her new fitness blog. Mackenzie explains that as a child she had trouble learning because of her unknown illness and it wasn’t until her teen years that she found out about it.

I probably made the worst grades out of any grade-schooler around me. My brain just did not function how it was supposed to (due to being an undiagnosed Diabetic) and I hated the fact that all my teachers begged my mom to put me on all this medicine saying I needed it because I was slow. They literally had me convinced I was mentally-challenged even though my Mom knew it had to be something else.

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The day that Mackenzie was finally diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes was on her sister’s birthday after drinking 6 glasses of soda during dinner her mother curiously decided to check her sugar levels. Mackenzie’s father is diabetic also so they were able to easily check. When the test revealed Mac’s sugar level was high her mother feared the worst.

She was pale and I could tell she wanted to cry. She grabbed my hand and took me to the hospital only to find out my blood sugar was 698 and I would have to live the rest of my life taking shots to stay alive. OK….WORST DAY OF MY LIFE, AND WORST BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO MY POOR SISTER.

Mackenzie now has her diabetes under control and has started a fitness blog to talk about eating and exercising so she can perhaps help others lead a healthy lifestyle.

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