Type 1 For 74 Years

@Richard157 and all of you other long time D’s - you are amazing. If there is a ceremony at the Joslin that you plan to attend and you’d like someone to celebrate with you, please let us know. I live in Boston and would love to come cheer you on. This is great stuff. Congratulations! Jessica

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Thank you so much.

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Wow! Congrats on your 75th. You truly are what Dr Bernstein calls a ‘survivor’. I started off with urine sticks but blood glucose testing was available within a couple of years if DX for me. I have also used pens instead of syringes for decades now, and I was in my early 20’s when diagnosed. Timing wise I was very lucky and thus far I have no complications (managed to reverse the ones I had), but for you it must have been very hard. I think being a child with diabetes today is hard enough. To have been one 70 odd years ago must have been a whole different deal.

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Thanks @halvdan, I have completed 74. My 75’th will be in Sept, 2020. It is great that you have done so well, and you have no complications!!

It is good hearing how well you are still doing with T1D. I have been a T1D for 42 years and am now 71. I hope to be able to make it for 20 more years in good health and am doing everything I can to see that dream come true. Thanks for sharing your story it encourages me so much.

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Congratulations, Richard. I think your story is inspiring!

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Very inspiring story, Richard, thank you.
It just goes to show you that there are no guarantees either.
Like you, I have tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle and BG control, over just 33 years with T1D. Now, at 71, I recently had a stroke, which has affected my peripheral vision. Despite “ideal” blood pressure, pulse and chemistry, a plethora of tests have failed to determine a cause. As they say, better to be lucky, than good?

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Richard, I so appreciate you and your great attitude. You so freely share with others, and truly help so many people. You certainly inspire me! Thank you for your dedication and all that you do to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

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Hi @Melitta, I appreciate your comment. I admire you for your wonderful articles. I have shared some of your articles on my Facebook page. They were well received! Please keep on writing.

Hi @John67, please keep on trying to “maintain a healthy lifestyle and BG control.” I’m sure that is helping you. The stroke may be more related to genes rather than diabetes.

I’ll pat you on the back! I’ve been Type 1 for 62 years now.

Robert

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Thanks. Double pat back to you!!

Ame

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Believe me, no one will ever pat you on the back for anything at the Joslin Clinic, where I was a patient for many years after diagnosis in 1968. Try Mass General, where the drs. Are humane.

Wow, 1968, you go girl! I like my doctor at Joslin, have had the same doctor since 1991. A.

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Woa!!! You are so inspiring, Richard!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and history with us.

I am glad you’ve experienced no falls this year. Sending you a BIG HUG and wishing you an extraordinary 2020!

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Hi @askmanny!! Manny, I am so pleased that you received that award!! You are a very deserving person!
Thanks for reaching out today!

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Congrats on 74 T1D years!

You continue to be an inspiration, thank you!

I’m sorry you experienced falls in 2018, but so pleased you were able to address that with PT. Even “sugar-normal” folks need PT as they age to avoid falls.

My non-diabetic dad had to relearn walking at age 84 because his hearing had diminished with age. Our hearing gives us little cues that we’re not even aware of to help us stay balanced.

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@YogaO, thanks for the info about hearing and balance. I am wearing hearing aids, but not when taking long walks. I am going to wear them the next time I take a walk.

@Richard157
Great Job Sir
Its been 2 years since i got diagnosed with diabetes.
I am 29 now

May i know your typical fasting and PP blood sugar range
Can you share any advice to someone like me about how can i age complication free

Thanks
Preet

@preet31, there is no set routine that will work for all type 1 people. We are all different. What works for me may not work well for you. Each type 1 diabetic needs to work out a routine by trial and error, until something is working well. Then keeping careful charts or records can help with making frequent changes, as needed.
I eat an average of 140 carbs per day. I am usually using 36 units of fast acting insulin each day in a pump. My insulin:carb ratio is 1:10 (one unit per 10 carbs), but I am less sensitive to insulin in the early morning, so I use a 1:7 ratio for breakfast.

I avoid many foods that have fast acting carbs. I avoid rice, cereal, and most pasta. When I do have pasta or potatoes, I eat small portions.
I am using a 70-170 range on my Dexcom CGM, and I stay in that range more than 90% of the time. My A1C has been in the 5.4-6.4 range for almost 20 years.

There are other T1D’s who are using a 70-150 range, and doing very well with it. There are some who eat less than 50 carbs per day, I refuse to do that. As long as I can avoid serious complications, I do not intend to change my routine. I enjoy my life the way I am doing it now, and I do not intend to change.

This might not work so well for you. I hope you will develop your own routine, and I hope it will work well for you.

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