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NOTE: This sticky topic reposts my Introduce Yourself to the Team Forum.

I was given the opportunity to be a Co-Leader of Team Type 1 Diabetes (IDDM). SparkPeople has been a great personal benefit, so this is an opportunity to give back to this Team.

Each of us has many valuable experiences and insights to share in our journey to control Type 1 IDDM. Please share yours, as well as your questions, and suggestions here in the Forum Topics.

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My Type I Diabetes (IDDM) was diagnosed in 1970, giving me 40 years experience in controlling T1DM, not T1DM controlling me. My tools include ICT (Intensive Conventional Therapy), currently using Apidra, Lantus, and presently in a clinical trial of Byetta for Type 1. I have also used Symlin 60.

After four decades there are few DM related complications, but like a few others, it is still "brittle", subject to blood glucose "spikes" and hypoglycemia "dips".

The SP Nutrition Tracker for Blackberry introduced me to SparkPeople. I use it daily -- at home on the PC, away on my Blackberry. If you cell phone has web browsing, try the new SparkPeople Mobile site:

My short term goals are reduce my BMI from high normal to mid-normal, improve control, and prepare to become a pumper.

Also in my personal toolbox is SINOVO's SiDiary6 for blood glucose and medication tracking. ( SiDiary 6 has helped me for four years. FYI: (NOT an advertisement) SiDiary web site for free Diabetes Tracking software.

As we all know, daily frequent blood glucose testing is key to staying informed. It enables knowledgeable Bolus injections, and detects hypoglycemia, and confirms good control. Any changes should ALWAYS be under the guidance of your medical support team.

Team Topics and posts are peer-support, so use discretion. We sincerely hope they are helpful.

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Always consult with your medical professionals and follow their guidance for Type 1 Diabetes therapies.

One month with SparkPeople has brought lots of helpful information, many new friends, great resources, and helpful SparkTeams, like Type 1 Diabetes (IDDM)!

I am always learning, and happy to share my insights and experiences with long-term Type I Diabetes.

My motto: Diabetes does not control me, I control Diabetes. Type 1 DM's pancreas is a stick-shift, While others enjoy an automatic transmission, we can actually enjoy better control!

Please post your suggestions, comments, and experiences in our Team Forums. Invite other Type 1 folks to join us, and Spread the Spark by sharing SparkPeople with family and friends.

Thanks for visiting SparkTeam Type 1 Diabetes IDDM Team Forums!

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Warm personal regards,

SparkTeam Co-Leader
Type 1 Diabetes (IDDM)
(Please visit my SparkPage)

Edited by: JLCONROD at: 9/5/2010 (03:43)
John Conrod, Medtronic MiniMed Ambassador
Brittle Type 1 Diabetes 47 Years, Insulin Pump 7 years
Founder: BrittleType1Diabetes on Facebook

NOTE: As a volunteer MiniMed Ambassador, I receive promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and refle

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