Diagoned Type I with acute onset and severe ketoacidosis in 1971, have had Diabetes for 39 years using ICT with Novolog and Levemir currently. My Type I is "brittle", e.g., erratic control regardless of diet, insulin dosage or other considerations. I maintain moderate control (Mid 7 A1c values) by frequent bg tests with supplemental bolus injections as needed.
Mild complications include incipient catataracts (not requiring treatment at present). Other possibly related autoimmune responses are psoriasis and seborrhea. Other conditions are sleep apnea (non-obstructive) with CPAP, elevated cholesterol treated with Lipitor, glaucoma and episodic hypertension treated with Diovan HCT.
I am considering an insulin pump and CGM, which I am discussing with my Diabetologist/Endocrinologist/CDE who is also my primary care physician.
After over four years of out-of-pocket expense for medical and diabetes coverage because multiple employers went out of business leaving me without medical insurance and pre-existing condition exclusions. Finally eligible for Medicare this year, and currently working through the maze of Medicare Parts B, D and Supplemental Coverage for healthcare and prescriptions.
Actively support President Obama's Health Care Reform -- with a Public Option. Member of AARP, and as of today, JDRF.
BTW, I do not save I am a Diabetic; I say I have Diabetes, because the Diabetes does not control me, I control the Diabetes.