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    Oct 09, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I've been on this site awhile now and I have been thinking that I don't know any other gay diabetics. If you're on here, I'd love to hear from you. What type are you? When were you diagnosed? How do you control it?

    I guess I can start. I'm Type One Diabetic, which is an autoimmune disease, meaning that my immune system thought the beta cells (insulin producing cells) in my pancreas were bad, so they basically "killed" my pancreas. I was diagnosed two months after my 18th birthday (usually type one is a lot younger- usually around 4-9), and it will be two years on April 13th. I control my blood sugar very well. I check it at least once an hour making sure that it is where it needs to be. I also wear a pump.

    Also, how do you feel when you exercise? I was state champion athlete and I now run for my university, but sometimes my blood sugar can get screwy at practice.

    Anyway, just wanted to see if there was anyone out there haha.

    Have a good one-

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    Oct 11, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    There are a few of us out here. My bio reads a lot like yours. I got it when I was 20. My sugers get mighty screwy when I hit the gym too, but I have gotten better with managing it.
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    Oct 11, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed in April last year with Type2 diabetes. It was a result of a viral infection that damaged the pancreas and the liver.

    Besides that I ended up putting on about 80lb as a result. I don't really consider myself diabetic because I am hoping that I can reverse the process enough to control it by diet only.

    At the moment I'm taking 2x850mg metformin a day and 30mg cipla-pioglutazone. The sugar rarely goes above 5.8mmol, but ...

    The hardest part is the mood swings. One day I'm up, the next day I'm down, near suicidal. My doctors say this is normal for a diabetic ...
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    Dec 02, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    December 2007 was my lucky month. I had a sugar lever in the 600...I had no idea what was going on. I was so thirsty and exhausted. whent in for a checkup after three weeks of hell. i'm on 2/daily-500mgMetformin and 2xday5mg glyburide....plus blood preasure meds. I'm about 50lbs over my ideal weight. I've been trying to loose weight for all of 2008 but couldn't. I'm type 2, btw. I'm cool somedays to excercise and then i'm scared of getting low sugar and feel like shit. but the truth is that i'm not taking this shit seariously. Most of the males in my family are diabetics. all are of different shapes, skinny to over weight.

    running11 you are not alone! so how do i kick start my diet...lol have you guys tried the new webmd diabetic site?

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    Dec 02, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    Type II - controlled with diet, glucophage, and exercise.

    I chalk mine up to 20 plus years of powerlifting and steroids. When I went off (moving to Europe because my "supplements" were always legally prescribed in the USA) everything went insane. Thyroid, liver enzymes, blood pressure, tryglicerides, all of it. Weight went from around 80Kg. and 8% to 11% body fat up to 130 Kg. in the span of 2001 to 2003.

    My glucose was at 360 with a runaway septic infection that came within about an hour of killing me in 2003, when my doctors finally got ahold of this mess.

    Since then my weight has gone from 130kg to 92kg (14% bodyfat). My blood sugar stays around 85-100.

    Not perfect, but it is a hell of a lot better than where I was.
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    Dec 02, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    I myself am type two. I got mine in my 40's dew to my parents. It's right threw my family tree, typ one and two; thanks guys you should never of been permitted to breed.

    I dominate my life not my diabetes. Mine was well controlled until I went to Hawaii this year, I ate all the food I wanted, and as much as I wanted, and did the same with the booz. had a great time.

    But after working as a nurse for a number of years now. I have no need to grow old. The world in general is not that interested in old people, and the gay community is even more youth oriented. So I do as i wish, don't make a big deal out of it, and it's about a year since I had any blood test.

    I am not fat, and don't have any trouble putting on muscle. But in gay years, I'm already way over the hill. I'm here for a fun time, and not a long time.

    But you are still in your youth, and at your age, I myself had no such worries. Take care, and enjoy your youth; I did.
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    Dec 02, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Pat don't be ridiculous, you are here for a fun time and a long time. I love you long time. Terry
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    Dec 03, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    I'm a type 2 diabetic. It runs in my family (Actually, my mom passed away because of the complications of diabetic - heart, kidney failures, etc). I found out that I was diabetic when I was 18. It was difficult, but now looking back I'm glad I found out early rather than late. I used to take 2 Metformin daily until I started working out and watching my diet. For 4 years now, the doctor asked me to stop taking the medication. He told me to keep doing whatever I'm doing right now, because it seems to work. I still have my blood test every 6 months to make sure my blood sugar is good w/out the meds. It is definately not the end of the world especially if you find out early and do something about it.
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    Dec 03, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    I took up bodybuilding for the diet and exercise benefits. Normally, I can keep my blood sugar down between 80-100 mg/dL.

    Key thing to keeping your diabetes under your thumb is an active and consistent approach.

    Workouts will drop your blood sugar (doh!) and you have to work around it by eating prior to working out and under-dosing your insulin slightly, continuing with constant blood sugar monitoring and adjusting as necessary through your exercise routines.

    The best approach to diet is abstaining from simple carbohydrate and high fat. Simple carbs increase your insulin resistance and fat will make your digestive tract hang on to the carbs for too long: you'll take your insulin, eat, your blood sugar will drop because the glucose hasn't hit your blood stream yet, then your blood sugar will suddenly spike a couple hours later as your body releases the glucose into your blood stream.

    Eating regularly will also maintain level blood sugar. If you go too long without eating, your liver will dump glycogen into your bloodstream, which also happens if you've had high blood sugar for several hours because your cells aren't getting any glucose.
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    Dec 03, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    I've have Type 1 Diabetes since I was 18. It runs rampant in my family (even our dog has it!) I found out through a bad case of KA (Ketoacidosis) a week before I was supposed to go to New York on a senior trip. They said if I had waited and gone, I probably would have ended up in a coma.

    Anyways, it wasn't really till after that that I started working out and ate a healthy diet. Really, in retrospect, my body's actually better off than if I hadn't. icon_biggrin.gif