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Longest living type 1 diabetic

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by donnellysdogs, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. IrishJoe

    IrishJoe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Its quite good news. If i got to 75 I think I'd be happy enough. Essentially 50th wedding anniversary as I'm getting married next year
     
  2. april

    april · Newbie

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    Hi !

    I'm in my 52nd yr of being a Type 1. I'm glad to report that I'm in great health, but have had a few blips along the way.
    Keep smiling :D
    April
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Good to hear April! :)

    Should you google the 'Joslin 50' you will see that there are many type 1's who have lived far beyond 50 years using different methods and diets to control their diabetes.

    Nigel
     
  4. wibble

    wibble · Newbie

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    i am not diabetic but joined to get more help for my wife who is type 1 she has been type 1 for over 45 years,had a few scares in that time,two healthy boys now in their 30s,control is very good ,but would like to know why the sugar levels sometimes have a mind of their own,and is it safe to miss out injections & meals.leads a very active life,and celebrated her 65th birthday yesterday.
    wibble
     
  5. cassie091

    cassie091 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I was diagnosed in 1959 at the age of 16 with type 1 diabetes so I have been on insulin for 52 years. That doesn't make me the oldest but 52 years is a long time to be injecting daily and now 4 times a day. My maternal grandmother died of it in 1924.
    I am convinced it was sparked off by Asian flu. My mother was also of that opinion but the consultant said that was rubbish.
    I am fortunate in that I do not have many complications. I have always tried to "follow the rules" and my consultant told me that was why I kept so well. Having moved house I am no longer with a hospital and see my GP. He says my good health is down to "good genes". By my reckoning if I had 'good genes' I wouldn't be dabetic. I was the only one out of 3 children who got it but it is rife on my grandmother's side of the family.
     
  6. djp

    djp · Member

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    How wonderful to find so many diabetics of long standing. I was diagnosed 3 days after my 6th birthday in 1954 so have completed 58 years!
    Have always been active, riding horses and looking after them since the age of 4 and continuing to do so to this day, I am now 64. So far have been lucky and have suffered no consequences, very rarely ill even as a child only had 1 hyper attack, but always wonder when th day will arise.
    Am still on the same insulin I was balanced on in 1954, which was very new and only just off "the test beds" have tried others but always lost hypo warnings.
    Hope to keep going for a bit longer got so much to do! :D
     
  7. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    DUK gives a medal to anyone who survives 50 years. I'vee met a few of them. the longest living is much older though. I'm not sure how old, but It could be Googled easily.
    my own husband has done about 35 years.
    Hana
     
  8. French girl

    French girl · Newbie

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    My husband has had type 1 diabetic for 60 years, he is still hale and hearty (every thing works) quite active,he is now awaiting his 60 years medal, his regime is Daphne and I must say it is working for him.
     
  9. Drewabetic

    Drewabetic Type 1 · Member

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    Hi I'm Paul
    I've been a T1 diabetic since I was 2 in 1958.
    My parents were told I probably wouldn't reach my teens.
    Here I am in October about to reach my 60 year milestone.
    I'm about to receive my second commemorative medal.
    I have all of my limbs and my eyes are pretty good too.
    I have a pump (Medtronic) and my kidneys are fine I'm also hypo unaware I'm told this is an autonomic nerve damage issue but it is my belief that GPs, consultant diabetologists and the medical profession prefer to say that rather than accept that our bodies kinda get used to insulin and just kinda say to themselves, "Can't be bothered to play this game any more!"
    It's a pain and hard to deal with life generally sometimes.
    Recently I was punched in the face by a customer at the chemist because he saw my silicon warning wrist bands which say I'm a type 1 Diabetic using a pump.
    He screamedc that fat, overweight idiots like me are wasting NHS resources, I'm 13st 6lbs so not vast, a yacht not a battleship but he was, like most people, ignorant of the differences between T1 & T2. I'm a primary supply teacher and where I can, I tell my students about what my life is like
    The NHS is remarkable. I just WISH I could get a CBGM Continuous Blod Glucose Monitor) like Enlite funded by the NHS but it's not possible.
    Good luck to all T1 diabetics I salute you ALL, we are SPECIAL and there are not many of us about. We are a rare and Vvery special people.
    Paul
     
  10. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I hope you were able to prefer charges. What a (expletive deleted. . . by me LOL).
     
  11. chocoholic

    chocoholic · Well-Known Member

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    Well, I am 60 now but only diagnosed in my 40's. I have always had excellent Hba1c results, have always been very careful about monitoring my blood sugars and trying to keep good control. I belonged to a walking group for 12 years and ate a healthy diet. (Have never smoked or touched alcohol either) . Sadly, I now have peripheral neuropathy, which I developed about three or four years ago, so live in constant pain, I then seemed to develop extra problems after two months in bed with Glandular Fever (the Epstein Barr Virus). I have suspected P.O.T.S (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, caused by suspected autonomic neuropathy, according to my neurologist),my kidney function levels, going by blood work, is slowly creeping down and in the past few months, I seem to be having more and more hypos, which I can't seem to explain away. I'm doing nothing different, have tried reducing my background insulin to help those but am still often hitting around the 2's before I realise. I am lucky in that I've never gone out for the count, even when I have sometimes,rarely, hit 1.8. I know all these hypos won't be doing me any good now but I can't fathom why I am having them.
    I must point out, that I cannot be sure these issues are all down to Type 1 Diabetes, as I also have Hashimoto's Disease, Vitiligo, Alopecia Areata, B12 deficiency, Lyme Disease and was told this year I had mild Cervical Myelopathy. Two weeks ago, my dentist told me I have Periodontitis too and he thinks this has been caused by an immune overreaction, as the bone is being eaten away in my mouth. So, as you can imagine, it's tricky to pinpoint what is causing what regarding my symptoms. It does seem my body has general autoimmune issues but it does not follow other Type 1 Diabetics will collect such a list. Some diabetics do just have to cope with that and even though it can be tricky, not everyone will get complications either. I know of someone who lived into her 80's and had Type 1 Diabetes from childhood and lived when it was necessary to sterilise syringes by boiling them before usage. Another of my Mum's old friends lived into her 80's too with Type 1 and never had a single complication either.
    I think it is partly the luck of the draw but it can never do any harm to TRY and keep good control and live a healthy lifestyle.
    I intend fighting to live into old age and will continue to try and be as 'healthy as I can be' with whatever life throws me.
     
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