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First diagnosed with early diabetes in 1967, by 1968 after a 1400 calorie diet failed to control my bs I began taking insulin with 1 shot per day. Later with the advent of newer longer acting insulin, combined the 2 to smooth out my bs. I had been traveling on the road supervising the installation of central telephone exchanges for 5 years, then moved to Charlottesville, VA, my wife's hometown. Needing a specialist in diabetes care, I used UVA Diabetes Clinic and became part of a clinical home glucose monitoring program which required 10 days of inhouse training in their Blueridge Facility, circa 1977. At that time, my legs had started to get the tingling sensation with my eyes having a .5 dilation of my blood vessels. With the assistance of the BG meter, both problems were resolved, although tighter controls led to several low BS events during the learning curve. Treatment evolved with the advent of newer insulins, where I mixed fast and slow acting insulins at breakfast and dinner with additional booster at lunch and bedtime if needed. About 2013, I started to have low BS after bedtime, so consulted several new diabetic specialists in Charlottesville who recommended i needed to see a dietician and that was the root of my problem, now this was a new problem with no changes to my caloric input.
Finally found a competent physician, Dr Santulli, who determined that my bodies absorption of longer acting insulin time frame had changed and reconfigured my injections. As time progressed, I decided it was time for the Medtronics 630g pump, where you only had 1 insulin timing to contend with for controlling your BS. Later after my wife passed from Cancer, I decided to go with the Medtronics 770g with the glucose monitor. At this point in my life, my eyes and organs all are excellent with recent A1c 6.7, 6.5 6.9 and 6.6. Before I started using the pumps, my A1c's ranged from 7-7.5, with no diabetic complications, now If you wanted to lower the A1c then you had to contend with low BS events, so it was a trade-off.
A word of advice, we all know our bodies and if your doctor "will not listen" to what you are telling them, it is time to move on to protect your health.
 

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That's quite a story, bwireman! You've been a pioneer for a lot of current-day diabetes treatment. Good on you for having the willingness to take that on -- and the perseverance to follow up what you knew wasn't right. Modern American medicine does not give some people many options in doctors but you are absolutely correct in that we have to be our own advocates and we have to at least try to get the medical care that helps us feel our most healthful.

I'm looking forward to more posts from you as you share your extensive experience!
 

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Welcome to the forum bwireman. Look foreword to hearing more from and about you, I’ll bet you have a vast array of experiences to share and will be a great asset to others on the forum.
 
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