67'th Diaversary

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-09-24 08:21:02 -0500
Started 2012-09-16 21:57:14 -0500

Yesterday, Sept 15, was my 67'th diaversary. Still no complications except for mild nerve damage. I hope the research being done on long term T1D's in Boston will explain why some of us are so lucky to have lived so long, and be so healthy.

20 replies

IronOre 2012-09-20 22:56:05 -0500 Report

Good for you buddy! I have only 30 more years to catch up to you.
I believe that the animal based insulins that you were on most of your life have a lot to do with your success. Consider yourself lucky to be able to have been on them so long. I felt much better back in the good ol days than I do on these crappy synthetic insulins.

Richard157 2012-09-21 08:23:52 -0500 Report

I felt better then,too, but I was much younger and stronger back then. I think that is the primary reason I felt better. On the other hand, the animal insulins contained C-peptide, which protects our bodies from diabetes related complications. The synthetic insulins we use now do not contain C-peptide.

IronOre 2012-09-21 23:56:59 -0500 Report

and there are some hormones that the animal based insulins contain and the synthetic insulins don't, but I can't think of the names of them right now.

Harlen 2012-09-17 19:03:29 -0500 Report

Way to go Rich
Keep up the great work
Hows it going with the book ?

Richard157 2012-09-17 20:31:09 -0500 Report

Hi Harlan! The book has sold over 400 copies. I'm pleased with that. It was my first attempt at writing a book. I don't think I will ever write another one. there are so many other things to do.

Nick1962 2012-09-17 09:59:35 -0500 Report

Congrats on 67 Richard and thanks for popping in! I just got done dropping your name to a newly diagnosed as an example that getting diabetes sure isn't a death sentence. Congrats again!

MAYS 2012-09-17 01:19:14 -0500 Report

Happy Diaversary!
You are truly an inspiration to all of us here at Diabetic Connect!
Can you tell me (us) more about this research being done on long term T1D's in Boston?
It will be greatly appreciated!

Richard157 2012-09-17 08:43:32 -0500 Report

The research in Boston is attempting to find why us long term, healthy type 1 diabetics have been so successful. I participated in that research in 2009. The research is ongoing, and began in 2005. There have been almost 800 participants thus far. They have found several interesting things so far. Some of us still have small amounts of insulin production, after all these years. There is also some mysterious inner protection that we possess that protects us against eye and kidney damage, and other nerve based damage. It was found that that protection does not help our hearts, many participant have had heart attacks, bypasses, etc. I attended a meeting of approximately 100 participants in June, 2011, at Joslin. None of us looked at all overweight. That is a definite plus.

IronOre 2012-09-20 22:57:59 -0500 Report

So richard, have they been able to determine if your pancreas still produces insulin?

Richard157 2012-09-21 08:27:37 -0500 Report

Many Joslin medalists do produce some of their own insulin. The C-peptide test determines how much insulin we produce. My test result was less than 0.1, so I do not produce enough to have any measurable effect on my diabetes control.

annesmith 2012-09-18 01:45:41 -0500 Report

More interesting things! My father, who was also diabetic, had zero eye damage and zero kidney damage, but he had several heart attacks, 4 bypasses with the first one, then another single bypass, then another bypass. The same thing has happened with me..I have zero eye damage, zero kidney damage, but I had a light heart attack when I was 35 years old, and I am 42 years old now. They found I also have blockages 3 years ago, one of which is 98% blocked, the others 73% blockage, then smaller blockages. Genetically, my father and I amazingly are almost identical to a tee. How interesting. Thank you for the further education, and glad to hear you online again! ANNE

annesmith 2012-09-18 01:39:07 -0500 Report

How interesting. I was told by the excellent hospital I go to that they are 99% sure my beta cells, many of which have been burned out for years , some of them regenerate. This is rare I am pretty sure. When they told me that I was so darned happy! Not all of my beta cells have regenerated of course, but some of them have. They said I am a type 1 diabetic, but that I still produce some of my own insulin. They I think said something to the effect of they would love it if I participated in a research, but when they told me I was having keytones, so, I do not clearly remember where I could participate in the research they mentioned. I am definitely an oddball, that's for sure—-ha,ha. ANNE

MAYS 2012-09-17 08:59:10 -0500 Report

That is indeed interesting, especially about the mysterious inner protection that protects against eye and kidney damage, but not against heart related issues. I can't wait until these findings are concluded and released, i would really like to know what they have to say about the longevity of type 1 diabetics today.