New to Diabetes – Long Term Diabetic Here – 40+ Years Living With It

Like I have already said I have had this condition for over 40+ years and I find that one of the best statements I come across in dealing with this condition in every day life especially when I meet new people who do not know I have this is to state … "I do not suffer from this condition.

So to clarify I do not think that you suffer from this condition. I count myself lucky that I have two arms, two legs, two eyes and of sound mind. Though my sound mind might be contested by some! I am glad to say that after having this condition for so long I do not suffer from any of the long term complications. Those being of the most typical: –

  • Eyes
  • Kidneys
  • Nerves
  • Heart and blood vessels
  • Gums
  • Feet

All of these conditions are bought upon by not maintaining your blood sugar levels as close to as possible to those who are not diabetic. In the UK your blood sugar lever should be in between 5.0-7.2. Five being for example when you wake in the morning and before meals seven being about two hours after one has eaten, though. In America and some other countries they use a different measurement and their normal blood sugar readings are calculated in a different measurement that being mg / dl as opposed to mmol / l as in the UK. (Normal reading in USA are 70-130).

I here and do state that of course I have suffered from diabetes but only on a temporary basis. I have had hypos which have had 999 (911) calls. As well as so many to mention I do not care to remember where they have frazzled my brain. Last one yesterday! As well as having the dreaded Ketones where your mouth so dry its like the desert sand at the hottest part of day and your stomach being twisted in a vice like type grip!

With all this said about suffering please remember that is just that moment of time. Long term complications I do not suffer from. Yes I: –

  • Smoke (But quitting before 2010 will update @ said date)
  • Drink (But not to excess)
  • Sweet Eater (Yes I like me chocolate bars and boiled sweets)
  • Suffer from Stress (Who does not in this world?)

What do I do then to make sure all cool with me? Simple I check my blood sugars every day and aim to be as close as possible to normal in my blood sugar at least. I also participate in a healthy way of thinking via NLP.