What causes complications?
Many people with Type 1 diabetes worry about potential long-term complications. Some start thinking about it right after diagnosis and for others it starts when they experience their first symptoms or are diagnosed with early signs of complications. High glucose levels over time are associated with many different types of complications. Achieving good glucose levels and target HbA1c are the keys to helping reduce risk, delay or avoid developing long-term complications*. Read the real-life stories of other people with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control.
Being diagnosed with diabetes was a very sad moment for me. At 20 years old I felt all my dreams melting away. Then, as I started to learn more about my condition, the more I started to dread the possibility of long-term complications caused by poor glucose control. (At that time, I wasn’t managing my diabetes well at all on multiple daily injections.) But now, I can better control my blood glucose levels. I live a healthy, active life and I have no signs of any long-term complications. I am so grateful for that.
When I was a teenager, I was on multiple daily injections as I thought it was easier to hide my diabetes. Stupidly, I didn’t take care of my blood glucose levels. My control was really, really bad. Eventually, I was diagnosed with necrobiosis and retinopathy. I realised then that I wanted to see my kids grow up, and that I had to get to a better level of control. The insulin pump made it possible. Now my glucose levels are stable and my pump allows me to choose a life without long-term complications. And I have chosen one without.
I was 7 years old when I was diagnosed with diabetes and spent years on MDI. Back then, I didn’t think much about the possibility of long-term complications, but over the years poor glycaemic control was causing me serious eye problems. That was when my diabetologist recommended switching to an insulin pump. Amazingly, after many therapies and operations, and with the better glycaemic control provided by my insulin pump (today, my HbA1c averages 7% - 955 mg/dL). I'm thrilled to say that my sight improved significantly and I have no sign of any other complications!