Reducing complications of Type 1 diabetes – patient story Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump

Reducing complications of Type 1 diabetes – patient story Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump

January 12, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


Guido
In better control with his pump since 2005 Reducing complications of Type 1 diabetes I was diagnosed with
diabetes when I was five years old. In the beginning
my father and mother managed my entire diabetes treatment. Initially, my father
and mother decided I should have an insulin pump
to manage my diabetes. My diabetes was
very well regulated which meant I was
still able to exercise. When I was a teenager,
I wanted to be like everyone else. I didn’t want to show that there was
something wrong with me and the insulin pump
was so visible at that time that I shelved it and
switched to multiple daily injections. When I was a teenager, my blood glucose control
was really, really bad. I didn’t pay attention to my
blood glucose. I forgot to measure it. I forgot my injections,
and I had very little control
over my management as a whole. The long-term complications
actually started shortly after my blood glucose levels
became badly regulated. The long-term complications
with which I was diagnosed were necrobiosis and retinopati. The turning point in my life
in terms of long-term complications came when we had children. I began to think that if
I wanted to see my lovely boys grow up to be big,
something had to happen, right away. Now that I have the insulin pump,
my blood glucose levels do not fluctuate so much anymore and that’s why my long-term
complications are no longer there. The insulin pump
makes it much easier to be able to live your
life as a “normal” person. It’s easier
to eat one more apple and to go on a bike ride because with the pump
it’s easier to make adjustments. For me, diabetes is a condition.
Diabetes is not an illness. I’m the one who controls my diabetes,
I’m the one who decides whether I want to have a life with
or without long-term complications. I’ve chosen not to have
them for many years to come and the pump is a huge
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