Are complications bound to occur?

By Chris92 Latest Reply 2012-01-06 12:23:59 -0600
Started 2012-01-02 10:38:06 -0600

Hi I'm just wondering if the problems due to diabetes are bound to happen to us all at some point in our life however near or far away that may be? I know we can help keep our selves fit and healthy but in the end will something go wrong?

6 replies

pixsidust 2012-01-06 12:23:59 -0600 Report

I think there is the possibility of complications
but not the promise of them

So the key and goals are to always strive for the best we can be
because it matters and it counts what we do
My grandpa was diagnosed Type II at approximately age 55.
He started on Metformin and in his 80's graduated to insulin
He lived to 88.
He had some sugar lows, heart attack at 85, survived and lived to 88.
You say you keep yourself fit…
then you have the best chances for the best health
With or without Diabetes.

jayabee52 2012-01-03 04:47:32 -0600 Report

There is one member here who is a T1, who has lived with his T1 for some 66 years. Just recently he is claiming that he is starting to have some neuropathy. But he has lived 60+ years having no complications. Had he passed on before those complications started then he would have had no complications from diabetes. So are they bound to occur? I guess that kinda is determined by one's longevity. At Type1Lou pointed out, those complications are put off or lessened by keeping one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels in good control.

realsis77 2012-01-02 15:34:42 -0600 Report

I truly believe if we keep our numbers under tight control we will be able to escape complications. My last visit to my doc he said that I was under TIGHT control and my risk now for complications is much lower!! I'm hoping if we stay under tight control we will be without problems!! This is my hope, and opinion.

Type1Lou 2012-01-02 12:09:48 -0600 Report

Complications are less likely to occur if we keep our BG's in control. I've been coping with diabetes 35+ years and do have some mild neuropathy in my feet and the beginnings of retinopathy. But, if I keep good control of the BG's, they are less likely to progress and be debilitating. The only thing I know about life is that I will someday die…I just don't know when or how. That doesn't mean I shouldn't do everything in my power to live a healthy, responsible life.

Chris92 2012-01-02 11:01:38 -0600 Report

That sounds really inspiring and I wish the best to you! Keep fighting and thanks for sharing!

BandonBob 2012-01-02 10:56:34 -0600 Report

I don't know if complications are bound to occur. My mother, brother, sister and I all have/had diabetes. The three of them had many complications but they also did very little especially in their diets tocontrol their diabetes so I feel the complications were from being uncontrolled. From the day I was diagnosed I became one of the most fiercely proactive patients in controlling this. Six months after diagnosis in 1987 I had my diabetes under control according to the numbers. My A1c was under 6, my cholesterol was under 150, the "good" was in the 60s the bad was in the 60s and my diet was good and I rode my nike 5 miles every day. Yet in 2008 I had to have a triple bypass because it turned out because of the diabetes the sugar that was in my blood slowed the flow enough to block the arteries needing a triple bypass. Are complications inevitable I don't know but if they are this man is going down fighting every inch of the way.