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8/29/12 5:56 P

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Hi and welcome to Sparks People - Type 1 Diabetes. I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 50 years(I'm 61 now). I went through ups and downs also. One thing for sure, how diabetes is treated now and for the first 20 or 25 years I had diabetes has certainly changed and improved. I used a glass syringe and kept it in alcohol in a glass jar at the start!

I had ups and downs in high school and then again when I moved far from my family - I'm the oldest of 10. My A1c was 14 and I decided I had to get back to exercise and eating healthier. I did so and was all the better for it.

I understand your struggle and am cheering you on. I know you can do it. Read encouraging statements on Spark People and know we do care. Exercise can be hard but start small (short walk around the block or just down the block and back). Change one eating habit. You can do it.

Look forward to hearing from you again.

Edited by: RAMCPAM at: 8/29/2012 (17:57)
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8/29/12 12:26 P

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We've all "been there, done that" so you're right, we know what you're going through!

I've been type 1 for 20 years too, although I was diagnosed as an adult. (I'm 52 now).

I believed I could never lose weight as nothing I ever did seemed to help. In 1999 I discovered Richard K. Bernstein MD's book Diabetes Solution and it changed my life. I quickly lost 38 pounds in just over three months and my numbers were never better.

I slipped up in early 2000 and gained it all back, plus some. Almost two years ago I said enough is enough and started Medifast on 2/18/11. I'm down 60 pounds now and am working on the last 20 or so. I had major cervical spine surgery in April and weight loss has been at a standstill while my body adjusts, I guess.

I did a 2.5 mile hike around a nearby lake this morning, and have a walking buddy so we'll meet three mornings a week after dropping kids at school to walk. Every bit helps!

Nice to "meet" you!


Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.

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8/29/12 11:52 A

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Hi All,

I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been since I was 5 years old. Even though I grew up with Diabetes it seemed like no matter what I did my BG was bad. My A1C steadily went up by one point per year until I hit a 14 5 years ago. I had a sudden weight gain at age 15 and it hasn't come off since. I was so tired of trying so hard for my BG and A1C to go down that I gave up. I didn't stick to any type of diet and after HS I quit exercising. Nothing seemed to make a difference. I was told I could never have kids because my diabetes was so out of control I'd be lucky to survive let alone my fetus. I've had two healthy children by some sort of miracle and even that didn't push me to take care of myself. After hitting my insane A1C of 14 I boosted the insulin and dropped my A1C to a 10 which is where it has steadily sat since. I was recently diagnosed with Graves disease and then High Cholestrol. My doctor told me I had a sweet tooth like no diabetic should have and my diet needed to change and I needed to exercise daily for at least 20 minutes. My A1C has dropped to an 8.3, which is a start.

I feel like a support system would really help me and unfortunately because of my past 20 years of bad habits my family and friends don't support me. I think this group would be a great place to start.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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