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How long have you had T1

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Topher, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    32 years for me and I had my daughter at the age of 42 1/2 years, my best diabetes moment ever.
    Unfortunately the Health system, NHS , still lives in the dark ages, where people talked about diabetes under their breath, children went to specialist diabetes establishments, cared for by medical professionals, treated as though we were delicate and feeble. Times move on and we can do anything we like, as diabetes is just a small part of who we are ( even though at times it can be frustratingly hard work)
     
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  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm at 43.5 years now, the first 35-40 years of which my control was dubious at best (goddamn awful at times), and I'm definitely still here :) (luckily with minimal issues)
     
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  3. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I should be dead then @Topher, I'm 67 but funnily enough, I'm doing OK, I'm extremely positive and upbeat and want to stay that way in these somewhat difficult times.
     
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  4. Stretford Ender

    Stretford Ender · Member

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    Newly diagnosed in January 21 and finding the posts in this thread inspirational
     
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  5. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've had it for 58 years I'm 60 and have no intention of leaving the building anytime soon.
     
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  6. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I went to one of those diabetes establishments in Hammersmith, was there for 4 years, came home at weekends but on the whole enjoyed my time there this was back in 1972 to 76.
     
  7. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Indeed, as a teenager I never took it seriously I remember drinking 7 cans of Coka Cola in a day which obviously put into hyperglycaemia and off to hospital but you can't tell teenagers anything and did the same again a few times but you do learn I guess, glad we've got all this amazing technology to help us out and live to a ripe old age.
     
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  8. Maco

    Maco Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to to drink 1 2L bottle of Pepsi a night, alongside chocolate crisps takeaways etc etc. Grab my insulin pen twist it too a high number and hope for the best. Pleased them days are over.
     
  9. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Indeed, I was a horrible little diabetic back then, thankfully saw sense.
     
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  10. bmtest

    bmtest · Well-Known Member

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    Into 5th decade as type 1. i will live as long as i decide to, unless I am denied insulin by GP surgery for some reason or other even then you can survive on boiled cabbage.
     
  11. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow, Paul! I would love to hear more about that. Whipped off to a 'special place' because of diabetes?, how did they treat it? x
     
  12. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For a week or so!
     
  13. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting post. When you take diabetes out of the equation, 'ordinary' members of the public die at different ages, 70, 80, 90 etc. Many times that is due to a wide range of issues or simply because of differences in human beings and their lifestyles & DNA. As far as I am concerned that's the same for all of us. All we can do is keep ourselves as healthy as possible and if we are able to do that (not easy or that simple I know) then I am not convinced that we will suddenly pop off at '66' specifically because of diabetes. I do think as someone else implied, that this life expectancy deficit is based on people with diabetes who for many reasons could be described as totally uncontrolled despite all efforts, so probably had the various other associated conditions too. A shout out to @Maco, believe me, when you're knocking on 60 then '66' seems very young indeed. :)
     
  14. PaulAshby

    PaulAshby Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't mind boiled cabbage;)
     
  15. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    No you couldn't. A T1 will die without insulin.
     
  16. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Blimey, that is an old pre Banting way to prolonging a demise..
    I heard somewhere, chicken was allowed too?
     
  17. powerley

    powerley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    To be completely honest I am just entering my second decade as a Type 1. I am a hopeless diabetic with regular readings of 30+ I have lost so much weight (6st 12) ..it has made me hate eating anything ..I constantly feel like xxxx . And I don't really care anymore. But am still here lol
     
  18. 35yearsofType1

    35yearsofType1 · Active Member

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    36 years this week - I am only 37 - I was the youngest to be diagnosed in the north west in the 80's!
     
  19. CherryColaZero12

    CherryColaZero12 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I'll have had it 20 years in June. I was diagnosed aged 17.
     
  20. Biker74

    Biker74 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Type 1 for 45years this year. Pig insulin and peeing on a stick for sugar levels to start with
     
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