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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 45+ healthy years. Insulin Pump (Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723), Novolog.

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.

I am also participating in an extended Clinical Trial for Tradjenta (linagliptin) for use with Type 1 DM. 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 October 2015 HbA1c was 6.7.

I also 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 TuDiabetes, the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and JDRF, 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 five years. Several years years my weight goal is maintenance!

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.

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

Warm regards,

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    emoticon 139 Spark Points today! Weight in Maintenance mode of 150 lbs. emoticon I may set a new goal of 145 pounds which I haven't weighed since the 1980's. emoticon

    749 days ago
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    49ers had an awesome game today!! emoticon
    !!49er Faithful!!
    749 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    I found reading Richard Bernstein M.D.'s "The Diabetes Solution" to be very helpful in learning about Insulin Resistance. Dr. Bernstein has had Type 1 diabetes since he has been twelve years old and he is a healthy 78. He uses a low carb diet, so a diet with 50% carbs wouldn't "fly" with him. He has wonderful lectures on YouTube.

    I see you had a birthday in June. My brother's birthday is June 8th. The Gemini child is most often the baby in the family so she/he learns to talk early to be heard over the others. Gemini can have problems with the nerves and injuries to the hands/shoulders. Yoga is a great practice to help quiet the mind.
    782 days ago
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    22 Spark Points so far today! Goal met.

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    Happy (early) Saint Patrick's Day!

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    I'm enjoying a Guiness -- (and counting the carbs.)
    953 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2014 10:22:06 PM
    25 Bonus Points today!

    100 Spark Points today!

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    976 days ago
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