I haven't been on this site fo a long time nor was I ever very much of a talker about my diabetes. My type 1 diabetes was discovered in 1967 and I have fought hard to maintain control since, I was in my 20's.
Now 45 years later I have found out there are some side effects that you cannot avoid. It is very disheartening. I guess I am discouraged especially to find this out now. Just need a place to complain. Thanks for listening.

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45 years is a long time! Congratulations on your success! I hope that you can succeed vs. the side effects. As I've gotten older, I'm pretty apprehensive about running into that sort of thing.

I guess you can't worry about it since you can't change it.
It is little things mostly, your hands will not flatten, not terrible just there.
Next they told me I have "Choate" and will have to wear a brace on my foot forever, terrible, no but especially for a women disheartening.
Thanks for writing me.

Charcot perhaps? That's the complication that I've heard of? I am not sure if that's repairable with improved control but I know some people, e.g. Richard157 have reported improving their control seemed to mitigate complications.

I don't have any "diagnosable" complications and fairly tight control but, I'm 45 and have had T1 since 1984 and have noticed hair loss on my lower limbs (along with on top of my head, although I don't think that's from D...) and also generally slow wound healing. I scraped my hand on somebody at a race 100712 and it's only now getting better, what 9 weeks later? That doesn't seem "normal" but at least it got better but was kind of freaky while it was just "there". I hope that your brace helps your problem!

yes, Charcot is not fun. please join this group
http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/sweetfeet

you will find others there with it. I also think there are some discussions around about it, let me know if you'd like any other links.

Thanks Marie. I did go to that web site and join and also read what people had to say about Charcot but I think at this point I am just not ready to read the total devastation they write about. I know it will not be fun but reading what thy say will not help me cop as I need to but truly thanks for trying.

Thanks, yes it is Charcot though my doctor spelled it differently. I am lucky not to have too many side effects but as I m sure you know it is hard work. My A1C has never been above 7, of course when I was first diagnosed there was no such thing, generally Iam around 6.5 but I'm sure the brace will hold my bones together.
As to wounds just keep them clean and they will heal. Sounds as if yor doing a good job.

hi Rene! welcome here. I was also dx in 1967. I'm so glad I joined TuDiabetes about 5 years ago, it is a great source of comfort and support for me.

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