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John Conrod. T1D Looks Like me. Volunteer Minimed Ambassador. Lilly Journey 25 Year Journey Award.

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Type 1 Diabetes for 47 healthy years. Insulin Pump (Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723), Humalog or Apidra.

John Conrod, Medtronic MiniMed Ambassador
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NOTE: As a volunteer MiniMed Ambassador, I receive promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Despite genetically Brittle Type 1 Diabetes, close attention and careful self-management along with frequent consultation with my Medical and peer support teams, has helped me avoid all but minor complications from long term Diabetes mellitus. My February 2017 HbA1c was 6.7, with perfect lab results according to my doctor.

Had my annual Diabetes Retina Dilatation. Ophthalmologist was amazed to see no sign of Retinopathy! No Glaucoma.

Cataracts OTO have progressed, 50% in dominant right eye 30% in left eye. Cataract Surgery indicated for both eyes, which was good news. Turns out it is covered by both Medicare and my AARP Medicare Complete United Health Care supplemental insurance, including my HMO option.

First eye schedule in two weeks, second eye two weeks later. Even better, insurance plan covers Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) permanent contact lens implants. Depending on HMO coverage, IOLs will be Monofocal (choose Distance, Mid-Range, or Near Distance contacts) or Multifocal (corrects all distances).

If Monofocal contacts are covered I'll choose Near Distance since much of my time is spent reading, on the computer, or smartphone.. I would only need glasses for distance.

If (fingers crossed) Multifocal contacts are covered I could see all distances WITHOUT GLASSES for the first time since Second Grade Elementary School! :D

I actively participate in Diabetes Peer Support groups internationally, founding three Facebook groups: Diabetes Peer Support, Brittle Type 1 Diabetes, and Clinical Trials.

You can find me in other support groups including the American Diabetes Foundation, JDRF, and the International Diabetes Foundation, to name a few. Diabetes "cyber-friend" networks are truly world-wide. Just do a web search for Diabetes.

Spark People's Diet and Nutrition Tracker for Android and Spark site have helped improve control immeasurably. Food Carb content and tracking my daily nutritional intake are at my literal fingertips wherever there is a WiFi or data connection. My BMI and BDI remain in the normal for seven years. Several years years at my maintenance weight goal

Carbohydrate tracking is essential using my Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723 Insulin Pump, and easy easily accomplished using the Nutrition Tracker on my Android SmartPhone or on the Web! The SP Android app is fantastic. I use it many times a day with my Diabetes tracking program, SINOVO's outstanding SiDiary 6.

I've joined several Diabetes related Spark Teams, and recommend that you explore them. There are Spark Teams for almost every interest or goal -- or start one yourself.

My search for better Diabetes control is much easier with appropriate technology and life-long learning. I'm here to learn from others, and to share my insights and experiences on The Path.

38 Spark Points at 2PM today, September 22, 2017 -- before this Blog post. Now Level 12.

Thanks to all the warm, helpful SparkPeople and to a growing number of SparkFriends!

Warm regards,

Member Since: 8/4/2010

Fitness Minutes: 8,790

My Goals:
Maintain goal weight, and continue to be a Diabetes Awareness Advocate on SparkPeople and other social media sites. Maintain frequent blood glucose tracking with 6 - 8 BG tests daily. Offer Peer Support for Type 1 and Brittle Type 1 Diabetes to SparkPeople members. Keep HbA1c 3 month average values between 6.8 and 7.0 mg/Dl.

Stay Sparked and Have Fun!!

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Brittle Type 1 Diabetes 47 years, Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723 Insulin Pump 6+ years. Retired IT professional. Long-time PC gamer, mainly Role-Playing Games (RPGs), especially The Elder Scrolls Online where I am Co-Founder of The Elder Sages' Guild, founded August 31, 2013 as one of the first permanent Player Guilds. and our Facebook group

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