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I Have Tye 1

I Have Tye 1

I’m 51 pretty good health got diagnosed with type one diabetes I was told I will have a little short lifespan is that true the longest live male person with tye 1 Diabetes was 77.. is this true ?? I also googled it and it stated the same thing longest person male with diabetes was 77 years old 🫢

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member yes our lives are "potentially shortened".

Of course those that do risk analysis for thing like life and health insurance have figured this all out.

On the day that your are diagnosed with Diabetes your life expectancy drops by 15 to 20 years. So for us in North America that puts our potential "expiry date" somewhere in our early to mid 60's.

But that is for someone diagnosed who remains out of control.

The game becomes trying to scratch back those "potentially lost years" and even adding a few. The better control, the more years you add back (until you get to the point where you have done all you can).

Every second your blood sugar is running over 140 (7.8) you are doing some damage to your heart - at least it's pretty tough but just like a boxer, no matter how tough you can only take so many punches to the head before they end up on the mat - staying away from the punches/sugars over 140 will get you to the final bell.

But we can't really get them all back - a diabetes friendly diet means we are "restricting" what we eat which makes if far more difficult to get all the vitamins, nutrients/trace elements that we need.

So on average treating with diet to get back those 20 years we could take 4 years off our expectancy.

But even if you are bad at math you have to figure losing 4 years if preferable to losing 20 😁

edited, originally posted 3 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Not true, I have had type 1 Diabetes, for many years now, still following my regular routine, to normalize this Diabete; I will be 79 years of age, this coming July, am fit as a fiddle, and, my Doc has told me,as long as I keep doing, my regular Diabetic routine, I will be around ,for many years, to come; don't listen to them scaring tactics, just find a routine that works for you, and, follow it. Some people might have other medical problems, along with the Diabetes, and, that could affect them more; however, just keep doing ,what works for you, and, you will be around, for many, many years; just listen to yourself.

posted 3 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

That is not correct. There are a number of people with type 1 in their 80's and still kicking

posted 3 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

As Graham Mentioned it is rare for someone to be diagnosed past their 20's or 30's with Type 1 but not unheard of. Usually Type 1's are due to an autoimmune disease which destroys the Pancreas altogether and they have no choice to be on insulin as pill form medications do not work on Type 1. Type 2 can be started off on pill form and eventually progress to insulin when pill forms no longer work well. Some type 2's are so advanced by the time they are diagnosed that only insulin will work on them also, if lucky once the sugar levels are more stable they may go onto pill form.

Some people confuse being on insulin as being a type 1, when in reality it can be a type 2 on insulin also. Only a blood test can determine if you are a type 1 or 2, as Type 1 is an autoimmune disease and shows up in blood tests as being such, everyone else is Type 2 or, LADA or even some are Type 1.5 which I have seen a few in this group.

As for longetivity of life. As a now retired nurse I have seen possibilities like no other. I had a patient who was told he had 6 months left to live as his cancer was not treatable, but here he was 15 years later in hospital dying from something else instead, yet still had cancer.

I have seen people in kidney failure starting dialysis 30 yrs after starting to have kidney failure when most start within 5 to 10 yrs, diet changes played a major role in postponing their kidney failure from progressing. Same goes for diabetes other then type 1's can be influenced by diet alone. Type 1 is autoimmune so diet will have less of an effect as the pancreas is no longer producing insulin.

posted 3 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

You were just diagnosed with Type 1 within the last year?

That would be "beyond rare" but not impossible. Type 1 is primarily a disease that effects children not past their mid teens.

There is an adult form of Type 1 but it's called LADA and onsets slower then Type 1 in children.

But in any event there is some dude that was diagnosed at age 5 and died just shortly before his 91st birthday - so 85 plus years after diagnosis.

However, for Type 1 males, diagnosed as "children" their life expectancy is 66 years.

A significant number of Type 1's die from accidental insulin overdose (low blood sugar can kill you in short order) but it is Diabetes induced heart disease which is what takes down the overwhelming majority.

Moderately high blood sugar does damage to the Cardio Vascular system and it is the "protecting against low blood sugar" that leaves Type 1's hurting their vascular system.

It's always a trade off - lose some life expectancy by running a little high or kill yourself tonight if you over-medicate trying to extend that life expectancy - no real good option.

posted 3 months ago
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