Type 1 For 66 Years Today

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2015-12-27 09:48:33 -0600
Started 2011-09-15 14:59:33 -0500

Sept 10 was my birthday, 72 years old. Today (Sept 15) completes my 66'th year of T1. I am sill healthy and do not have any diabetes related complications, except for mild nerve damage. There had been a diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy, but that is false. My cutting down on my BP med to minimum dosage has almost eliminated my dizziness, and my BP is still good. I do not have symptoms of autonomic neuropathy now.

Working out at a gym 3 days per week has greatly increased my stamina and given me some extra muscle. I painted two sides of my house this summer. I know I will start to slow down one of these years, but I hope it will not be any time soon.

99 replies

Landman45 2015-12-27 04:43:07 -0600 Report

Sir you are our hero. I cannot wait to have my girlfriend Frenchfry (Tracy)read this. This will give her so much inspiration. She has been a T-1 since 10 years old she is now 53. I have been her coach and chief researcher LoL. For about two years now. It has been rewarding for both of us. When we first met she was not taking very good care of herself .We are now on a great exercise program. We log almost every blood sugar check Numbers to blood sugars Carbs (diet intake). 10-4 on that blood pressure medicines. God bless you friend!!! Thank You Landman and Frenchfry (Ken&Tracy)

Richard157 2015-12-27 09:48:33 -0600 Report

Record keeping of all my test results, carbs eaten, and bolus amounts is very important in my diabetes management. It helps me determine what changes I need to make. I use tight control.
It seems like your girlfriend is taking good care of herself now, with your help. She can apply for the 50 year Joslin medal in seven more years.

carmalgurl 2014-04-10 23:55:02 -0500 Report

that is awesome. I was just diagnosed with type 1. 2 months ago. If you don't mind me asking how have you dealt with it all this time? As far as eating what do you eat or avoid? I'm new to all this, I am trying to get as much information as possible

Richard157 2014-04-11 08:06:22 -0500 Report

Hello carmagurl. I was 6 when I was diagnosed, and don't remember much before that time. So it seems like I have had diabetes my whole life. That made it easier for me since I could not remember anything before diabetes, and could not make a comparison. It has been a good life! I never get depressed about diabetes and I am upbeat while using tight control. I love using a pump, it gives me more stability in my control, which makes complications much less likely.

I avoid rice and cereals, and the only bread I eat is low carb whole grain , only 9 carbs per slice. I never eat more than a half cup of potatoes or pasta at any meal. The only time I eat candy is when I have low blood sugar. Before working out at the gym, or taking a one hour walk, I have an ice cream cone, without insulin. That works very well for me. I am presently limiting myself to an average of 160 carbs per day. If I eat more than that, I need too much insulin, so I gain weight. Presently, I am only 6 pounds overweight.

jayabee52 2014-04-11 00:58:03 -0500 Report

unfortunately Richard seems to visit DC only infrequently, but he has in years past posted some most interesting posts. Should you wish to check some of them out just type Richard157 in the search box and click the magnifying glass in the upper right of this page and you'll get a list of posts authored by him.

hotwhllvr79 2011-09-28 14:09:09 -0500 Report

Wow, that's great! I was diagnosed at age 2, and turned 32 in May. I won't even begin to go into my history, but I am glad you have no complications after so many years. I worry about that often. Keep up the great work! To many more!

Bruce sr
Bruce sr 2011-09-28 12:31:57 -0500 Report

I like the healthy recipes for diabetics but they need to stop telling people to use splenda in them ,I read an article about it and splenda is as toxic as the pesticide ddt or agent orange , look it up ,it was in an article in diabetic connect , its killing people ,check the damage it is doing to your body , substitue splenda with pure cane sugar , it'll raise your sugar levels up but they will come back down alot faster than processed sugar which will stay with you for quite a while , splenda is a chemical , stop using it

Richard157 2011-09-28 14:44:28 -0500 Report

I use Sweet 'n Low, and have used many other artificial sweeteners in the past, for 66 years. None of them ever hurt me. I have not used splenda.

Judy(JP) 2011-09-25 09:42:28 -0500 Report

Hi Richard, Long time no see and Happy Birthday (belated as it is). You were always an inspiration to all of us here at DC and I see that you still are.

Best wishes and many more!

Rylensmommy 2011-09-20 09:56:44 -0500 Report

Happy birthday.
I would like to say thank you. 2 months ago my just turned 2 year old was diagnosed type 1 and it was quite a shock, but I try to stay positive. Hearing your post gives me such hope for my sweet little angel. So thank you, and I'm so glad for you and your health! Cheers friend!

hotwhllvr79 2011-09-28 14:10:59 -0500 Report

Hi! I was also diagnosed at age 2, and am now 32. Please feel free to ask me anything you want to know…I've been through it all! It will get easier!

Richard157 2011-09-20 10:25:59 -0500 Report

Hello Rylensmommy! I am sure you will give your child very good care. Your love and care will serve as the foundation for a long, healthy life. Good luck to both of you!

AuntieM234 2011-09-19 03:06:07 -0500 Report

Happy belated birthday, Richard! I know there will be many more, considering the way you take care of yourself. God Bless you! I will be 70 in January 2012. Sending love and best wishes! ;-) Mara

Richard157 2011-09-19 08:30:30 -0500 Report

Thanks Mara, that is a very nice message! I hope your health is good too.

AuntieM234 2011-09-19 09:24:19 -0500 Report

I'm doing well with the D, thanks! Good BG numbers and only two pills since the last week of August. No pills at all in the last two weeks, so I'm getting there. Getting around well, also. Anything else (Fibromyalgia) isn't life-threatening, so its all good.

annesmith 2011-09-17 22:13:22 -0500 Report

Happy Birthday!!!!! I think it is great that you have only mild nerve damage, and I hope you had a good birthday!!!! I know working out makes a big difference. I walk and run 4-5 days a week, and I can't believe the difference it makes for my overall circulation. I just turned 41 in July. You are an inspiration!! ANNE

roshy 2011-09-17 10:32:40 -0500 Report

Many happy happy returns rich!!
Its so refreshing to hear that someone is managing life to the great extent you are with your diabetes!! sure if you ever find yourself stuck for something to do you can fly over to ireland and paint my house!! it could do with a coat or two!!
On a small note i remember you telling us about your joslin medal! my fathers endo applied for the European version; its called the Alan Nabarro medal, for fifty years with diabetes. ! its a small humble gold medal but he was chuffed to recieve a medal and a bit of recognition for his efforts throughout the years with the conditon!!!!

Hope you have a great birthday and i hear from you soon!

yours truely


Richard157 2011-09-18 09:03:04 -0500 Report

Hi Roshy, it is nice hearing from you! If you pay for my plane ticket then I will paint your house. LOL I am glad there is a European medal, and your father received one!

tabby9146 2011-09-17 09:00:45 -0500 Report

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! CONGRATS on all these years, and having avoided major complications.

Richard157 2011-09-17 09:04:33 -0500 Report

I have been very fortunate, thanks!

annesmith 2011-09-17 22:17:21 -0500 Report

Yes, I have been very fortunate, too. My dad, who died of congestive heart failure 2 years ago, was able to gain 22 years to his life because he exercised. Since I was 3 years old, him and I would run and walk together. He was diabetic like myself, but we both exercised regularly for years, and I continue to. I can't imagine not doing this. They said I would be on 5 shots of insulin a day, or more, if I did not walk and run. Happy belated birthday again!——-ANNE

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-09-16 16:56:39 -0500 Report

HI Richard!

I have been thinking about you for some reason, and here you are, front and center. It is great to see you again. Congratulations. You are an inspiration!

Glad to be re-connected.


MoeGig 2011-09-16 02:03:55 -0500 Report

I look up to you Richard…it was 46 years for me over Labor Day weekend, and still mostly free from complications. At 67, my wife and I are enjoying a month in Rome and the Amalfi coast…avoiding pasta is a problem, so have to temporarily re-adjust everything. I know this sounds expensive, but this is our 7th Home Exchange where we just swap homes and the major expense is the air fare. I simply don't know why more people don't do this. Anyway, congrats on your longevity…you're my hero!!

Jan8 2011-09-16 05:44:47 -0500 Report

Hey Moe, You are livin the lide. The Amalfi coast is sso beautiful! How do you switch time zones with your diabetes?

MoeGig 2011-09-16 10:24:00 -0500 Report

Test a little more often which ends up needing to bump the insulin dose. Went from 20 to 25 Lantus in the am to make up for the added pasta:>) Walking up 400 stone steps from the beach back to town helped…although had low sugar at the top. Still worked out. The time change works well in that we took the bus to Ravello and Amalfi this morning and was back home in Praiano by 3pm our time (9am Eastern) to work a few hours before dinner.

Ceunei 2011-09-16 00:08:28 -0500 Report

Thank you. A friend's 3.5 year old has just been dx'ed with type 1. I'm fueled by your post to be an even more positive member of her support team.

jayabee52 2011-09-15 21:06:20 -0500 Report

You are an inspiration Richard. In fact when people come on DC all freaked out over their Dx of DM you are one of the people I point them to let them know that people can live long and healthy lives with this condition.