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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V5 #389

In a message dated 8/25/01 10:35:09 PM Central Daylight Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

> Hate to put a pin in your balloon but i tend to agree more with the
> gentleman who said people who have A1C's in the 4 and 5's need to get a
> life. many endocrinologists will say that is too low for a diabetic. the
> lower you go the more you are likely to develop hypoglycimia unawareness
> which i have and it is terrible. Plus how much do you gain? The average
> blood sugar of those in the tight control group of the DCCT only had an
> average blood glucose of 150, yet now many feel it only appropriate to go
> well below these numbers when those in the tight DCCT control group all have
> severe low blood glucose problems requiring help from another. So becareful
> behind the wheel or i'll tell you why i voluntarily gave up my licence to
> drive. peace and love.
> bret & Trane, kind of blue MM 508

I don't agree with this at all!  I've been a diabetic for 38 years (diagnosed 
when I was 6 - I'm now 44).  I've had tight control before that term was ever 
used!  Back when I was first diagnosed there wasn't an A1c test, but I'm 
certain it would have been 4 or 5.  Since my first one was taken (around 
1988) it has NEVER gone above 5.2.  It's not something I'm bragging about, 
but just something I'm happy for, since my tight control has helped me to 
have absolutely no complications!  Nothing!!  Thank God! 

Look, we're all different.  You need to realize that diabetics with A1c's in 
the 4 and 5 range aren't running around hypoglycemic!  I'm not jamming 
glucose tablets down my throat all the time!  I can't remember the last time 
I had to do that!  I wouldn't tolerate it!
I've been using the pump (MiniMed 508) for about 2 years and it has done 
nothing to make my blood sugars any better, but it has certainly made my life 
easier, since I don't have to carry a syringe and worry about eating on a 
certain schedule.  Gosh, isn't that what the pump is supposed to do?

Anyway, the comment that diabetic's with A1c's in the 4 and 5 range need to 
get a life, or the intimation there is something inherently wrong with that 
is nonsensical.  My life is great and I honestly can't imagine it any better 
(except, sans diabetes).  I scuba dive, fly my plane, (I'd drive a car but 
live and work in downtown Chicago and don't need a car - I walk to my 
office), travel all over the world, eat what I want when I want it, LOVE my 
vodka and tonic, have a very rewarding career as a corporate attorney, don't 
experience low BS, and believe it or not, I don't need Viagra!  

How much have a gained?  Immeasurable reassurance and confidence that I have 
done all that I can to control this disease and almost guarantee that I'll 
live to a healthy, ripe old age and I'm healthy!  

Get a life?  I've got a great one and still have great A1c's!  Last one done 
8/20 was 4.8.

Maybe I should give you the name of my endo.

Good luck!

Rick Dalka
email @ redacted   
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