I've been a T1D since 1984, used an insulin pump since 1987, and a CGM since 2009. Low carb, moderate protein, and high fat has been my way of eating since 2012. It has allowed me to make tremendous gains in blood sugar control and quality of life. I lost weight, reduced insulin intake, lowered my A1c, and generally restored sanity to my metabolic life.
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and lived in Minnesota, Idaho, and Washington State before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986. I lived for 30 years in the San Francisco and retired in 2011. In April 2016, I moved to Portland, Oregon.
I pursue four major blood glucose goals (in order of importance):
Time in Range, 65-140 mg/dl, >= 80%.
Time low <= 5%.
Standard Deviation <= 30 mg/dl.
Average < = 105 mg/dl.
I walk almost every day and wear a Fitbit to track my progress, counting about 1400 miles/year. My Apple Watch is set up to display my blood glucose level whenever I raise my wrist.
From May 2012 through December 2016 my A1c ranged from 5.9-6.4%. Read Sugar Surfing in 2015. It changed my philosophy of managing my diabetes and I now view it as a dynamic process instead of a static one. I added the inhalable insulin, Afrezza, mostly for corrections, in 2015.
As of November 2016, I use a do-it-yourself open-source hybrid artificial pancreas system, Loop. The Loop system consists of an app running on my iPhone, a Dexcom G4 + Share CGM, an old MiniMed 722 insulin pump, and a frequency translator/repeater called a RileyLink.
Last, but not least, I've been paired with a Yellow Lab hypoglycemia alert dog, Norm, since 2010. I'm a believer in Chuck Eichten's philosophy that life with diabetes can't be perfect, but we can make it better!