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How long have you had Type 1 diabetes and what sort of complications have you had?

I was diagnosed as type 1 when I was 9. I'm 43 now, so it's been 34 years. As for the complications, well, I've been through most all of them. In 1985, I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, which was corrected with laser treatments, and has been stable ever since (9 laser in al, and still 20/20 vision). Hypertension and heart disease were exacerbated both by diabetes and huge amounts of stress I was under at work. I have neuropathy, although somewhat mild. I had triple bypass surgery in 1997 when I was 34. And, in 1992, I underwent a Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney transplant, which had me completely off insulin injections for almost 5 years. During that time, my overall health and my neurpoathy seemed to improve, although it was short-lived, as the organs succumbed to chronic rejection and eventually failed. Had a subsequent kidney transplant in 1999, which has lasted 8 years, but the strain fo diabetes on what is essentially a foreign kidney is causing ti to slowly die out. And, yes, I kept good control over things, although it was rather difficult when I reached adolescence, and my entire metabolism and body chemistry were changing. I've also found that, as renal function deteriorates, glucose control gets a bit more difficult, but that's also because the renal disease has also led to hypoglycemic unawareness, leaving me insensitive and somewhat asymptomatic to the drop in levels until its way far down (like in the 30's?). Don't mean to frighten you, but let you know what I've been through. And, I am characterized as brittle diabetic.  (+ info)

what are the diabetes complications?

if im 16 and i have diabetes type 1, will i suffer those? because someone who is 69 years old, battled diabetes only 4 yrs then he died..will i survive?

You don't know how long the 69 year old person had diabetes before he realized it. You don't know how well he took care of himself. You don't know what other problems he had. And although many people live longer than that, he wasn't young either.
If you follow your doctors advice and take insulin as you are instructed to do, eat properly, exercise, watch you weight and see your doctor regularly (and the eye doctor once a year too) there is no reason to think you won't live many, many more years.
To answer your question -- diabetes complications are loss of sight, loss of limbs, heart attack, and kidney failure. Be aware of that, but don't worry about it. Accidents happen and healthy people die, so just enjoy your life, because none of us come with a guarantee.  (+ info)

what are the complications of gestational diabetes to the fetus if not detected when pregnant?

your baby could die prematurely. It can result in an overweight baby whos lungs are underdeveloped.  (+ info)

Type 1 Diabetes Complications?

I am a type 1 diabetic and always stress and worry about my diabetes.
I haven't been keeping it in contol and now I am just wondering about the consequences.
Is the number of people who get complications with diabetes decreasing?
And how many people with diabetes get long term complications.

It's impossible to say how many diabetics will develop long term complications. However, there is a trend that long term poor management is a significant risk factor for developing complications.

How long have you had diabetes?

It's important that you see your doctor regularly and they should be checking:
- HbA1c every three months to gauge your average BGLs and how well you're keeping control. Ideally your HbA1c should be 7% or under.
- Urine for microalbuminuria (where the kidneys excrete tiny amounts of protein into the urine, this can be detected early to prevent kidney disease).
- Blood Pressure at every visit.
It is generally recommended that you get your eyes checked by an optometrist or opthalmologist once a year, where they can check the eyes for any blood vessel problems or changes.
You should also monitor the sensation in your feet and mention any changes to your doctor.

Don't think that you're alone in managing your diabetes, you have a whole team of professionals to help you out when you need it, use them by asking lots of questions and telling them your concerns. The good news is that complications CAN be prevented with good management and regular checks with your doctor to catch any problems early on.

Good luck!  (+ info)

Complications in diabetes treatment?

"Even with successful treatment, diabetes survivors are at risk of serious complications, such as CV disease, kidney failure, and blindness"

"Truly successful treatment minimizes complications by narrowing the gap between a healthy glucose homeostasis pattern and that derived from therapeutic treatment"
-Matching basal and post-prandial glucose and insulin levels to those of healthy individuals.
-Individuals have different levels of dysfunction.

What's the second point trying to say?
And what's it mean by basal and post-pranial glucose/insulin levels?

The 2nd to me is saying that Diabetics if they follow the patterns of a healthy Ind. glucose pattern, on what the Non-Diabetics blood glucose levels are before a meal, after a meal, while sleeping, etc. they will have less health problems.

Basal rate, as it relates to Diabetics is calculated by how much insulin a normal pancreas secretes to keep a persons blood sugars in normal range or in a Diabetics case with the help of an insulin pump; it allows a Diabetic (insulin dependent) to set the appropriate basal rate or amount of insulin to pump every hour to maintain their blood glucose levels to the similar levels of a non-diabetic (ex. 0.65 per hour basal rate)

Post-prandial not 100% sure but have a strong feeling it means After Eating glucose levels which should be checked two hours after eating to ensure that your basal rate or as I call it fasting (no food) glucose level versus what my blood sugar is after I eat. Which determines if a Diabetic is taking to little or too much insulin over a period of time and if monitored closely a Diabetic can come close to the blood sugar levels of a non-diabetics basal and post prandial glucose levels and in the end have fewer complications.

Hope this helps a little, even I got a bit confused by this wording and pretty knowledgable about diabeties treatment and slang.  (+ info)

Can diabetes or related complications (including excessive sugar intake) cause liver damage or gallstones?

Gallstones? I doubt it. Liver damage, kidney damage, retina damage, and all kinds of other neurological damage can result if your blood glucose remains to high for too long.  (+ info)

do you all know if there are complications from going cold turkey from taking metformin for diabetes?

It's a matter of knowing which foods you can eat and which ones you need to avoid. I quit cold turkey and have maintained blood sugar in a healthy range for over three years. My A1c has been from 5.7 to 5.9. I'm not taking any diabetes meds.

I record my fasting blood sugar reading every morning. If it is over 110, I know I have to be more careful.

I have basically eliminated sugars, grains and vegetable oils. The only sweetener I use is stevia. The only grain is oat bran. The only oils are butter and coconut oil.

If you stay on metformin you might want to supplement with vitamin B12. There is a form of B12 called methylcobalamin that every metformin user should be aware of. Metformin causes B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency causes peripheral neurophathy.  (+ info)

how can one tell weather they are suffering from lyme or diabetes 1 and thyroiditis complications.....?

which is the root cause.....it it genetic or a tick bite,,,,
or is it complications from the lyme? I am having a hard time.

I have type one diabetes, and I think it's genetic, not caused by a tick bite.  (+ info)

do people still have diabetes complications even if they have treatment for diabetes if so why?

Yes. Sometimes a person was diabetic long enough to begin the damage process before being diagnosed and treated. It can be years before you notice the damage, but often it is these symptoms which a person originally sees a doctor for (and ends up diagnosed as diabetic).

Sometimes they have recurrent, periodic episodes of high sugars that can cause problems that won't be noticable for many years.

Sometimes the type of damage will occur anyway, even with treatment and good control. There is more to diabetes than just sugar, and some of it we are only now beginning to understand.  (+ info)

If I keep my post-lunch blood sugar around 200, will I be safe from complications due to diabetes?

M/38, avg. blood sugar levels are 160/210.

You are actually keeping your levels to high and yes if your glucose is over 150 consistently you will do more damage to your body and at a faster rate. You really need to shoot to have your glucose under a 100 before you eat a meal (I am assuming you are type 2) and after a healthy meal of normal portion size you should still not reach 200. It would be best for you to get with your Endocrinologist (if you aren't seeing one already you need to have your General Practitioner refer you) they will set you up with a dietitian who can help you dial into what you need to be doing to keep tight control. In a type II maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important in saving yourself from a lifetime of complications.  (+ info)

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