Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summary Of My T1 Life

When I was diagnosed in 1945, I don't think I was actually ashamed of my diabetes. I did not realize what was happening. I was six years old, and my family was in charge. Later on it was obvious that people we knew were totally oblivious, they had not heard of the disease. Our relatives, neighbors, my teachers, and my classmates in school could not understand what was involved. People would stare in disbelief when I tried to explain my diabetes. Of course, explaining was very difficult since neither I, my family, nor my doctors knew much about it. I could not explain the highs and lows, DKA, carbs, and the possible complications since I knew nothing about them for so many years. My doctors gave no information except that I should take a shot of insulin each morning, and not eat sugar. It seemed like a simple disease back then. I got tired of seeing the doubtful looks on people's faces, and I kept my diabetes a secret for a very long time. My mother went to my school on the first day of classes for seven years, and had private talks with my teachers. Those teachers had not heard of diabetes, but I think they believed her. I was not permitted to participate in gym or on the playground, to prevent lows. I felt like an outcast, and I was ignored by my classmates because I was so different. I became shy and withdrawn. That was the most complicated part of my diabetes during my early years.
In high school I was more mature, and I had less trouble with it, so I opened up with a few friends. I did not talk to my teachers, but I did not have lows during school hours. My blood sugar was high almost all the time, but I did not have any DKA, or did I? I don't think there was a way of measuring ketones at home, and there was no glucose meter for my first 40 years. In college I talked to some of my teachers, and they actually listened, somewhat. I had friends who were concerned, but they did not understand this mysterious disease very well. I didn't either, at that time.
When dating I did not tell my girlfriends about my diabetes. It was not necessary, and I was afraid that they would not want to date me if they knew. I did not have lows, so that was okay. My lows occurred during the night, at home, or when I had too much exercise. After college I told my dates about diabetes, and they were interested. They listened, and wanted to help! I married one of those young ladies, and she has been a tremendous help to me for almost 52 years!!! Anita has helped me through many lows, including several seizures. I think she has saved my life many times. Then there were glucose meters in the mid 1980s, and I finally knew my blood sugar numbers. I learned about carbs in the late 1980s, and started basal/bolus management in the mid 1990s. My A1c's dropped from a high of 12 into the high 5's over a period of several years. (See the graph of my A1c's below.) How I have managed to avoid serious diabetes related complications is a mystery to me. I was not taking good care of myself for 50 years, because I did not know what 'good care' was. Now I am taking very good care of myself. My using an insulin pump in 2007 has eliminated my needing any assistance with lows. I am also using a Dexcom CGM, which is very helpful.
I am not at all shy and withdrawn about my diabetes now. Maybe I am too open? I do not hold back because many online people tell me that I offer inspiration and hope for themselves, or their type 1 children. That is why I chose to be a speaker at the Friends For Life type 1 conference in 2015, in Orlando. I am scheduled to do that again this year on Wednesday, July 6.
My life with diabetes is an open book. I actually did write a book about my life with diabetes. It was published in 2010, and it describes my first 64 years with type 1. It is called "Beating The Odds: 64 Years Of Diabetes Health". It can be found on Amazon.
Here is the graph showing my A1c's for 1980-2015. Some A1c's are missing.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

T1 Misdiagnosed as T2

This blog by Melitta Rorty​ discusses the people who are diagnosed as type 2, but they are actually type 1. "...many, many doctors throughout the world..." are misdiagnosing type 1 diabetics as type 2. There are tests that would give a correct diagnosis, but these tests are not always performed.

http://adultt1diabetes.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-field-guide-to-identifying.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AdultOnsetType1Diabetes+%28Adult+Onset+Type+1+Diabetes%29

Friday, April 22, 2016

Type 1, No Family History

"At most 10-15% of type 1 people have a first degree relative with T1, and the majority have no family history. Viruses, environment, and certain food items may play a role."

http://blog.joslin.org/2014/04/ask-joslin-type-1-diagnosis-no-family-history/

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I wish People Knew That....

‪#‎IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes‬ is much easier to manage than when I was diagnosed in 1945. The life expectancy for type 1 diabetes in the US is almost as good as it is for non diabetics.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dr. Joslin's Story

#IWishThatPeopleKnewThatDiabetes was treated by Dr. Joslin before and after insulin was discovered.
Dr. Joslin was called "Dr. Diabetes" in is time. Here is his story, presented by the American Diabetes Association. He treated type 1 diabetics in the early 1900s, before insulin was discovered. I know several T1 people who were treated by Dr. Joslin. They are alive, without serious complications, and are Joslin Medalists. I wish I had lived near Boston in my childhood. He would have been a great doctor for me. My doctors in the southern states knew so little about diabetes.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Artificial Pancreas Projects, The Race Is ON

There are several projects that are developing an artificial pancreas, and human trials are in progress. Which AP will be the first one to be available to patients? Here is an article that reports on the up to date progress being made.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

I get good articlesfrom Webmd.com every day. I have learned a lot from them. There was one today about Insulin Resistance (IR): What causes it, how to diagnose, how to deal with it, etc. I am type 1, but was diagnosed with IR in 1998. That was 53 years after my diagnosis. Many type 1 people eventually have IR. I am taking 1000 mg of Metformin daily to help me with this. Some of my online type 1 friends may have IR. How about you? Here is the informational article about IR.

http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/ss/slideshow-insulin-resistance?ecd=wnl_dia_041616&ctr=wnl-dia-041616_nsl-ld-stry_title&mb=UMJ%40CFgbw6kMs2%2fs8NsB%2feHnVev1imbCtuIN8LuideU%3d