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I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!


I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!

This group is for people out there who were born with or close to born with diabetes and have had it for a long time. I have had it for about 21yrs now and it's very hard to find people and talk to others who are dealing with the same issues I am.

Members: 334
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2014


Hi everyone! I'm new to this site, but I think I'm getting the hang of it lol. I have had diabetes for a very long time, and I can't seem to find any other diabetics that are in the same place as I am dealing with the complications such as nerve damage.

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20 Years

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Comment by sam on August 11, 2008 at 7:40am
diagnosed at the age of 9 in 1976 comeing up on 32 yrs this dec.. starting on a pump hopefully in the next 2 months
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on July 25, 2008 at 9:25am
can I ask those who had diabetes during childhood:
how was their HbA1c during childhood.
at what age they were put on the pump,and did the pump improved their diabetes control as kids?
those who are on Lantus or levemir,how many units/kg/per day they are on ( of these long acting insulins)

the pump is recently given for free in some of big hospitals,not many kids are on the pump,many on lantus and aspart,and good control depends on patients and their families.During adolescence the diabetes control may deteriorate,it is a battle to contol diabetes for many patients here.
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on July 25, 2008 at 9:04am
I treat children with diabetes,so I see them grow up with diabetes and know what they go through,medically and emotionally.
I am sure I will learn from you so I can help my patients more
Comment by Joe D. on July 23, 2008 at 8:13pm
25 years this month as a type I, diagnosed at age 17. Been on the pump for about seven years, currently the Medtronic Paradigm 722 without the CGMS.
Comment by Jenny on July 20, 2008 at 11:23am
Was born, three months preemie, but did not get the 'betes until the age of 28. I'm 52 now, so even though I was not BORN with this, I have had it over 20 years.
Comment by Robin Neel on July 18, 2008 at 6:13pm
Hi, I was diagnosed in 1970 at 10 years old. So..I am coming up on 38 years in December. I have been very fortunate and have no complications at all. I have been pumping for 24 years and I truly think that is the reason I am so healthy today.
Comment by Laurie Pariseau on July 7, 2008 at 5:23pm
I have had Type I diabetes since 1975, so that would be 33, this must be the group for me!
Comment by Bernard on June 10, 2008 at 2:37am
Hi Kayla

There's also a diabetes veterans group for people who have had diabetes for over 20 years.

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