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Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Mad76, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. Circuspony

    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You're in great company being diagnosed as an oldie - i was 43.

    I had lost loooaaads of weight by the time I went to my GP and had ketones, but the practice diabetes nurse was convinced I just be T2 because of my age. When I finally rocked up in A&E they were furious.

    Still here to tell the tale 2 years on. Takes some getting used to, but the injections become routine. Not easy and it's definitely had an impact on my life.

    Hugely helpful forum so don't hold back on the questions!
     
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  2. JAT1

    JAT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum ! I was diagnosed last summer initially as Type 2 because of my age even though I am very thin. I was 63 ! I was prescribed a truck-load of medication that didn't work and which harmed me according to the liver specialist I was referred to. Eventually I saw an endocrinologist who diagnosed me as type 1. Once on insulin, my life turned 'round. Took me some getting used to what foods sky-rocket my blood sugar, what's working for me foodwise and about insulin doses. Now it's just part of the daily routine. This forum gives me the knowledge I need. I lost all confidence in my general doctor and will never go back to him. When I told him the endo said I was type 1, he said I must have had it from childhood and didn't know ! There's always more to learn and it's fascinating. Best of luck with your journey.
     
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  3. Mad76

    Mad76 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Same here !
    They say I must have been type 1 from birth
    It just didn't show up for 42 years
    But I have had glucose tests while pregnant. Came up fine

    So confusing
    But, it is what it is i suppose
    I just need to get on with it
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Whoever said that needs to be shot.....DKA would have had you.....

    Hope you are finding this site useful. Dont forget no question is daft/stupid. We will try our best to help out wherever we can
     
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  5. karen8967

    karen8967 Type 1 · Expert

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    hi mad76 i was diagnosed 2 years ago aged 49 and it was a big life changer for me but eventually you will start to feel in control it takes time at the moment you probably have advice coming out your ears but i promise it does get better and this forum is great for asking advice and just venting xx:)
     
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  6. Mad76

    Mad76 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's what I thought. But it was a consultant who said it!!

    Anyway, am writing all my questions down, will post later

    This site is bloody amazing !!
    I've added myself to some groups on Facebook. Big mistake. I think they're mainly American. Full of doom and gloom and horror stories. Going to delete myself off them and stick to here !!
     
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  7. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    WOW off a consultant, sometime I do wonder......
    I am on a few FB sites. And can honestly say that this forum is sooooo much better BUT I do like to see what they are saying....keeps me amused :).
    Please don't forget that as a type 1 we are in a very small minority here. Most of the site is for type 2's
     
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    Suswa Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hey. I’m also aged 64 and female and type 1 on insulin since last November. Diagnosed as type 2 nearly four years ago. Am finding this whole business rather challenging to say the least!
     
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    When I was diagnosed, I was incredibly lucky to have a fantastic DSN (who I still see) who told me "diabetes should not stop you doing what you want". I have pushed this mantra quite a few times and found it to be true.
    So, apart from a little extra planning, diabetes has NOT been a game changer for me.
    Perhaps, I am lucky with my diabetes, perhaps it is my outlook on life and determination not to let this silly condition get the better of me, perhaps it was that initial DSN comment or perhaps it is all of them.

    But the biggest changes made to my life in the last 15 years is I know the quickest route to the local hospital and I carry a bag with me all the time. I still climb, run, holiday in weird and wonderful places, travel for work, eat what I want, ...
     
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  10. Gnat

    Gnat Type 1 · Member

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    Yep, diagnosed T1 at 50, another oldie. Went to see my Doc - I think I have diabetes - no test, she just said, no you don't you're the wrong age and wrong body shape. But gave me a lab form with a glucose test on it in case my infection returned again. I got the test a couple of days later. Random BG of 12 or 15. Doctor couldn't see me for a week!! Then she told me not to see just any specialist, but to get into the right one, even if I had to wait!! No meds in the mean time, but luckily I asked for a BG meter. Luckily again I did not take her advice and got to the first specialist I could another week later. My glucose tolerance test was 23. Very lucky not to be DKA.
     
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