Quick Background: I am a 24 y/o Air Force pilot diagnosed with type 1 in June after a stay in the hospital for DKA. As you may know, the military does not allow for type 1 diabetics especially in flying positions.
I, of course, have been very intensively looking at every available path to stay a flyer or at the very least in the military. In my newly found free time (I'm essentially a random tasker at this point) I have been intensively exercising, eating well, researching and gernerally going nuts trying to set myself up as best I can for the medical board to evaluate. I took myself off insulin in mid August after I determined I was stable enough to do so. My numbers have been relatively low ever since, averaging 70-90 during most of the day and up to 160 after meals.
I met with the flight doc the other day to discuss possible courses of action and what I should expect. He said when he sends up my package to the MEB, he must include a his official reccomendation. Now he personally knows of a case in which a pilot in the exact same situation as me with type 1 was put back in the cockpit due to the fact that he did not require insulin. Now I know everyone says all type 1 diabetics will eventually need insulin… However, this particular pilot made it safely 3 years without insulin. So essentially there is a precedent that if there is no insulin dependency, then there is no reason to keep a pilot out of the cockpit.
Now I know 3 years does not make a career, but my overall goal, since I am a brand new pilot is to use this time and milk it as much as possible for experience and flying hours since there is a chance that the FAA may soon allow type 1 diabetics to fly as airline pilots.
I will update this discussion as I go through the process because when I was diagnosed, I could find almost no information on the subject of MEBs or diabetics already in the military at the time of diagnosis. If anyone out there has experience with this, as always, any help is appreciated.
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