Hello all! I am new here. I was diagnosed t1 about a year and a half ago at the age of 29. Since I really don't know any other diabetics (t1 or t2) I have a ton of questions. Not so much about the disease itself as that can be researched. Just the lifestyle.
Besides the obvious things like having to check blood sugars, diet, exercise, is there anything you guys do differently? or don't do?
I ask this question because I always get the shock and awed looks from people when they find out I'm diabetic. I scuba dive, sky dive, go rapelling, hiking, ride motorcycles, run 5 - 7K a night etc. I'm actually in the final stage (barring some medical tests) of being certified as the first type 1 diabetic commercial diver in Canada that will be approved by the National Certification Board. Commercial diving has been my profession for the last 12 yrs. I've been benched since diagnosis but still supervising. (I'll tell the long saga another time if anyone is interested). Basically what I'm saying is that I haven't changed anything really other than taking meds and very minor changes to diet.
So am I abnormal for doing these things? Am I pushing my luck? I mean as long as I have good control, I don't see the issue. People saying that I can't do something actually wants me to do it more.
Am I not taking this seriously enough?