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A decade of living with diabetes

By Monday 30 January 2017Health, Thinking

Diabetes/Health Logo Illustration. Copyright © Sye Watts/Antony Simpson, 2014.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a decade ago. You can read my story of how I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes here.

In the last decade not much has changed. I’m still testing my blood sugars 2-3 times a day. I’ve used various BM monitoring meters over this time, but they’ve all essentially done the same job. I’ve recently switched to the TEE2 Blood Glucose Meter by Spirit Healthcare Ltd which is one of a few that connects to desktop computers and produces reports on BM readings. Tracking trends and so forth. I will review this meter on my blog in due course.

I’m still injecting myself with artificial insulin 4 times a day. I’m still going for annual podiatry checks, annual retinopathy screening and annual diabetic review appointments with my GP and Practice Nurse.

Over the last decade there’s been countless reports in the media of better treatments or even potential cures for diabetes. But so far, nothing has materialised.

My hope for the future is that one day I’ll be healthy again. Let’s hope that the next decade brings better treatments and perhaps even a cure.

Write soon,


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  • Daniel A. says:

    The TEE2 looks like something I’d use a decade ago. Have you had a look at the Accu-Chek Mobile meter? It uses a 50-test cassette instead of individual test strips. It’s more convenient on the go and you don’t need to worry about disposing the test strip after each use.

    • Antony says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The TEE2 looks and feels like something from the past. Unfortunately my local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has switched everyone to this meter as the strips are cheaper than many other leading brands.

      I’ll look into the Accu-Chek Mobile Meter, but it will be unlikely the CCG will let switch.

      A x

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