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Old 05-01-2013, 21:45   #1
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My 29 year old son was diagnosed on April 2 (in the ER) Type 1. He is an US Air Force pilot, so along with the shock of the disease, he has lost his career. The AF is/will make a medical determination and medically discharge him. Everything else is unknown , insurance, benefits, etc. Three other guys in the squadron have also been diagnosed and the link seems to be the anthrax shot given to military personnel prior to the 2nd Gulf War. We (family) are trying to support him as best as we know how, and trying to learn as much as we can. I've talked to Dr Hering at U of Minn and Dr Skyler and his staff at DRI in Miami, looking at clinicals and books / diets. So just checking in.

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Welcome.

How fortunate your son is to have your wholehearted support.

We'd sure like to invite your son to come join us here. We have a mix of T1 and T2 diabetics on the forum, and any of the T1s were diagnosed as adults, so he would have a lot in common there.

Those on this forum are motivated to gaining control over their diabetes and get encouragement and support from others of the same mindset. Not to mention an unlimited supply of answers to questions, around the clock, and from around the globe.

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Welcome to you and your son to our forum. We're always sad that you needed to find us but glad at the same time that you did!

Please thank your son for his service or better yet invite him to log on and join our band of merry men and women! There are a couple of sites to direct all of you to for some eye opening information on diabetes. First of all, there is Blood Sugar 101, pretty much our diabetic bible and then, since the majority of us eat a diet of low carb, high fat foods, there is LCHF for Beginners | DietDoctor.com! Both of these reads opened my eyes to what needed to be done for my good health and I'm sure you'll find them interesting and informative! Read them with an open mind because a great deal of the information goes against what we have been told for about 40 years about low fat diets!

Back to the original intent of my post... Welcome!!!

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Wow, that's terrible! I am so sorry to hear that this has happened to your son and to the others! You are being so supportive by learning as much as you can for your son. That's awesome. Please ask any and all questions that you have, and welcome.

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Old 05-01-2013, 23:10   #5
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thanks to all,
The first week I bought Blood Sugar 101, and Dr Bernsteins book and also Think like a Pancreas. His AIc has dropped in three weeks from 12.5 to 9.1. Yesterday he went on the Omni Pod. He exercises about 1.5 to 2 hrs a day (big P90X) follower and very low BMI. I've been told of a week long program where Type 1's that are serious athletes learn to work with their bodies and type 1 issues. Any one know of this program?

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Just want to say from another AF vet.


Everyone's already given some good advice so ill just stick with the VA aspect. If your son ends up being discharged make sure he enrolls in the VA healthcare program. The one I use is different from tricare. It is available to any vet who served for at least two years and meets discharge requirements. The co-pays are income based and visits to clinic are covered. As an example, when I was on insulin my co-pay per vial was $18. My testing supplies are covered, but because the strips are limited I choose out of pocket and buy my own. That may be an avenue for him to look at if he's not medically retired.

As said before we're here to answer questions and help in any way.

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Welcome! I'm happy for his service and so sorry it has had this result. But, he does have a blessing with you as a father.

Thank him for us,




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Old 05-03-2013, 01:45   #8
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Your son is definitely on the right track, and you are giving him very helpful support. He should be fine in the years ahead. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. After 67 years of type 1, I have very good diabetes health. Your son can have a long, healthy life if he takes good care of himself. I see that he is starting to use a pump. The book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh has helped me a lot with my pumping. Since he is ordering "Think Like A Pancreas", that may be just as good.

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Thanks for everyone’s info. I'll keep the updates going, hopefully the numbers will stabilize and A1C comes down. While he is still in the AF and has the gold standard (at least before going to VA for lifetime care) on insurance. Are there test that he should ask for to determine his baseline health? I would like to know what damage has been done already and help him try to mediate or reverse what we can.

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An endocrinologist will know what tests to perform, and what treatments to prescribe.

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