Other than diabetes, do you live with any other health issues?

I’m quite surprised that “yes” is at 84% and “no” is only 16%. I wonder if the percentage of people with additional chronic health conditions is really that high, or whether people who just deal with diabetes are tending to skip this thread.


Asthma (non-specific) diagnosed at 6 months of age. Hashimoto’s thyroidisis idenfied in my 30s but was able to keep off medication until age 50. Non-celiac gluten intolerance identified at age 52. Finally, LADA at age 55.

Type 2 (for now, investigating for LADA),
Celiac disease

I have heart disease (stents, bypass, 2 defibrillators) high blood pressure, high cholesterol.
I’m happy to say that with my A1C a steady 5.8 things are pretty well under control.


i m suffering from

1.osteo airtrities knee

  1. sexual weakness neuro pathy

  2. memmory loss

  3. stomach slow down

I am type one diabetic, have a seizure disorder due to a closed head injury, scoliosis, osteoporosis, hypothyroid, etc. I could go on;but the bottom line is this: I’m 74, 5’0”, weigh113, my cholesterol is perfect and my A1c is 5.9. I walk 4 miles every other day. I consider myself healthy! Some times your attitude makes a world of difference…


I am T1D for 64 yrs, since I was 8y.o… Have diabetic retinopathy but have received laser treatment and still have about the same vision as before except for reduced peripheral vision. I also had heart by-pass surgery 13 years ago. Oh, and my back ain’t what it used to be - I consider this an aging issue. I wonder if the various health issues could be classified as: diabetes complications (neuropathy, retinopathy, etc>), diseases with the same origin as diabetes (auto-immune diseases), or completely unrelated (arthritis, etc.) I’m not a doctor so may be completely off-base on this.

What a great sense of humor. At least your illnesses have not taken that from you. (Haven’t learned how to quote yet.)

Did I do the quote right?

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I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis at 26 and diabetes at 35. I have a lump on my thyroid but it is hereditary and does not effect my health.

Thanks Babs5 - Everyone needs to laugh at themselves / their situation every once in a while :stuck_out_tongue:

Hi Earthling - My balance is extremely messed up now too. It’s gotten to the point where I need a cane to walk on any terrain that isn’t billiard table flat.
I was under the impression this is a result of a (diabetic) neuropathy of central nervous system? :thinking:

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I’m in my late sixties and I have finally been able to create a map over what has been happening with my health.
First came my hereditary hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder common in northern European countries (I am originally from Norway) as well as immigrants from that region to North America. Basically the body normally has a fine tuned measuring tool that can tell when it has sufficient iron levels.
With this disorder the tool doesn’t work. Consequently, the digestive system continues to absorb iron even though levels already are high. To put this in perspective, normal iron levels are at 100 give or take a dozen or so. Below 50 is anemic and above 500 is considered harmfully high. It is not uncommon for folks with hereditary hemochromatosis who are diagnosed late in life to have levels in the 3000 to 5000 range. I was fortunate, when I was diagnosed at age 50 my levels were at 475. Even so, around the same time I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2, which the specialist attributed to damage to my pancreas from iron rust.
Then in my late 50s I developed Atrial Fibrillation, which often is a precursor to heart disease and which was attributed to damage to one of my heart valves from iron overload. last but not least at age 59 I had a cardiac arrest and was technically dead for about five minutes. I’ve since recovered from that but it was a game changer as I no longer could work in my job as a network administrator and was dependent on a miserly disability pension. Life has since improved somewhat after I took security guard training and got a license to work in that field.
As for the health conditions, I was fortunate as in this day and age the doctors have the ability to diagnose my hereditary condition. Consequently they can prescribe treatment consisting of regular blood lettings. That was not the case 50 years ago.


Hi Jim. Sorry your balance is also challenging! What you say makes sense about Autonomic Nueropathy. I have various gradually worsening conditions that I too attribute to AN. Gastroparesis among them.

In my case, the balance loss happened all at once. I was jerking up on a corral panel that was stuck in ice to move it. Later I noticed when I turned my head I got an electric shock down my arms, and my arms felt ice cold. I waited a couple weeks to see if I’d get better, then went about diagnosis. Turned out C4 and 5 had “let go” of each other, and I was damaging my spinal cord just by moving my head around :(. So I had a surgical cervical fusion to stabilize my neck. But spinal cord damage doesn’t heal very much. I do notice my balance gradually gets worse, so I figure that probably is AN. I’ve been T1 for 50 years now, so I treasure what life/abilities I still have! Good to be alive :relieved:

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I am profoundly deaf, so much so that in some ways I am quite isolated.
I also have something wrong with my ankles which is preventing me walking for a distance or exercising.


I have been type 1 for 28 years.

I also have ADHD - innattentive type and a auditory processing tick. I had a middle ear malformation, which was surgically corrected and restored most of my hearing, but I still process sound with a slight delay.

ADHD is correlated to diabetes, but it’s not sure what the exact connection is.

Not suffering from other diseases. Right now looking for some good suggestion ‘how to control diabetics’

Diabetic Neuropathy both feet, Osteo-arthritis, unstable angina arthritis in both knees and hypothyroidism.

I hope this is a temporary thing that will heal… I have chronic foot/ankle issues (due to needing orthotics probably from birth and ignoring that need till I was 25 and could barely walk) and it really has a huge impact on daily life. Especially when you can’t drive and need to walk everywhere.

I have a dropped arch on one foot, felt it go. My podiatrist has supplied me with orthotics which after wearing for one week made the other ankle swell. Podiatrist says my calf muscle has contracted and I have exercise to stretch it, so far it has made little difference. Its just that I shuffle along like a little old lady instead of walking and it messes with my head. Thanks for your concern.