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Old 06-23-2011, 11:04   #1
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Hi there!

I have been a T1 diabetic for 27 years now, diagnosed just before my 20th birthday. I havent had any major problems but as I am getting older some neoropathy and joint problems are starting to emerge. I don't have a great deal of contact with my doctor and have no real confidence with the diabetic nurses at the practice so I pretty much self manage and seem to do OK, last HBa1C was 6.4. I attended a Dafne clinic last year which I found very very useful. It was also nice just to be able to meet up with fellow T1's and share our experiences, kind of helped get things in perspective a bit, hence the reason for joining the forum.

Thats it for now - see you online

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Welcome MrB you've obviously got lots of experience with diabetes having had it for 27 years already. I was diagnosed reasonably young too, but I think I may have had diabetes longer and just undiagnosed. I was brought up on a lot of refined high GI carbs. Most of my family still love their white bread and eat plenty of potatoes. So for me when I got diagnosed with diabetes I totally changed my diet and I still eat carbs but I watch the type and portion. I'm sure you will find this a great place for support and info. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

 
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Hi Onlymep,

Thanks for replying,

That sounds similar to me actually. I had been ill for a long long time, when I was diagnosed I was 8 1/2 stone (now 13) I had 'thrush' everywhere! skin was coming off my tongue etc.... In the first 10 days of taking insulin I put on 25lbs in weight. Over the next few months I grew taller and ended up with huge stretch marks on my back and shoulders. I had had some symptons since I was around 15. Yeah, white bread and potatoes for me too. I eat pretty healthily and count my carbs to match insulin doses. I do eat pretty much what I want and certainly don't 'low carb' but I don't eat many sweet things, a bit of ice cream and a little chocolate occasionaly.

I am going for my first Dafne review next week and will feed back the results.

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Welcome MrB you've obviously got lots of experience with diabetes having had it for 27 years already. I was diagnosed reasonably young too, but I think I may have had diabetes longer and just undiagnosed. I was brought up on a lot of refined high GI carbs. Most of my family still love their white bread and eat plenty of potatoes. So for me when I got diagnosed with diabetes I totally changed my diet and I still eat carbs but I watch the type and portion. I'm sure you will find this a great place for support and info. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

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oh that's not good that you were unwell for a long time I was diagnosed as a result of an infection I had... I was 25yo. I managed to control my type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise at first... it worked for a couple of years. Then I was placed on a lot of oral meds for quite a few years. My stomach has never been the same since starting Metformin (the first drug I was placed on) in that I now have some chronic problem with it (you'll probably read about it on other posts as I've shared my journey so far and I'm still having tests and all to diagnose it properly). I was placed on full time insulin in Feb 2010 as the C-peptide test result showed my pancreas wasn't producing enough insulin.... so I needed help. I've been doing much better on insulin, although I've had some problems with hypos and I'm still trying to get on top of that. It's such a balancing act and keeps me on my toes for sure. Some days are definitely better than others.

 
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Hello & welcome, Paul. Thank you for joining us . . . I hope this is the beginning of a long happy friendship!




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Blimey!

What a lot of welcomes :-)

What meters are you all using for BG testing? I have just started to use a Bayer USB and I am struggling to trust the readings it gives - any one else had experience with these?

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I'm using the Accu-Check Performa Nano... I haven't used the Bayer.

 
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Hi Paul and welcome from me as well. I use three different meters but my go to meter is the same as onlymep's, an Accu-Chek Aviva Nano. (It's called the Performa Nano is certain places). I also use an Accu-Chek Aviva and a One Touch Ultra Easy.

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