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RE: [IP] adult-onset type 1

I was 49 when I was diagnosed type 1 (3 yes ago). I had 687 BG, 17.4 HbA1c,
lost 5 lbs in 5 hrs, yada, yada, yada!!!

Now I have between 5.0 and 5.8 HbA1c's for the past 2 yrs, go to the Gym
3-5 days a week (10 hr average), eat a heart healthy diet, and so on. Oh
yah, I enjoy life too!

"The best guarantee to a long and healthy life is to develope a chronic
illness, AND TAKE CARE OF IT!, It's only life, we all get through it!!!

Good luck and take care of yourself.

Mike  email @ redacted

Original Message:
From: Anita C. Goode email @ redacted
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 21:24:32 -0500
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] adult-onset type 1

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My philosophy is, you are not really a Type 1 (former juvenile diabetic) 
 unless you were diagnosed as a child.

I'm officially a type 1, due to the presence of islet cell antibodies. 
You know why I'm defensive about this?  Because when I was (mis)diagnosed
as type 2, everything I read talked about how it could be prevented, if
ONLY you'd eat right, exercise and basically took care of yourself, even
a little.   An article I read even used the term "diabesity."  Medical
professionals are MEAN to type 2s.  I think there are people on this list
who would agree.  I truly believe that a skinny, 30-something, 
honest-to-goodness type 2 who followed the diet and exercise plan I
followed would be able to live for years, or even decades without insulin
injections.  I felt like such a failure when I couldn't control my "type
2" diabetes, even though I was a size 1, exercising anywhere from 1 to 3
hours a day.  True, I don't know what it's like to live with type 1 as a
child.  And, if you compared me with my cousin who's my age, but was
diagnosed at age 16, I'm sure I have fewer complications than she does. 
Finally, if I'm blowing this way out of proportion, just know I've had a
perfectly lousy day today, so I should probably just keep quiet. 

One other reason I'm glad I had the antibody test and was offically
changed is that I heard (don't know for sure) that my insurance company
wouldn't pay for a pump for a type 2.  Like THAT makes any sense.  


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