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RESOURCE: Resources for older women living with diabetes

The DiabetesSisters website offers a new blog, written by a woman over 62 years old living with diabetes. Her perspective is very interesting.

posted Sep 2, 2016 in Resource by anna (2,890 points)
edited Jan 11 by KarenG

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Thank you for offering this blog for older women.  I plan to log on and contribute in the near future.

answered Oct 10, 2016 by Evelyn Savido (990 points)
I am 64 years old and have lived with Type 1 diabetes for 40 years. In some ways I find my diabetes easier to manage than when I was younger. One reason is that I have fewer hormonal excursions (especially over the course of a month). However, hormones do not go away as one ages. I have more overnight variability than I did when I was younger and the mornings can still vary greatly from day to day. I take less insulin per day that I did when I was younger and my endocrinologist indicates that is because my metabolism has slowed.

I start on Medicare in April and suspect that I will have more difficulty getting the supplies and medications that I need than I did with private insurance. But I'm ready to fight the good fight in order to stay healthy.
answered Jan 31 by anonymous
I am 66 and have been a Type 1 for 21 years.  It doesn't get easier as you get older but one thing is you have to be proactive.  It is your health and you need to ask how to keep your blood sugar in control.
answered Feb 2 by Pump1fun (1,770 points)
I am 64 and have had diabetes for 22 years.  I have some complications--including duypeytren's syndromd and kidney disease.  I have previously used both a pump and a CGM, but have developed scar tissue.  I have more low excursions at night and I never seem to be able to have a more regular schedule.  I notice that I am slower mentally than I used to be.  Anybody else have a noticable mental decline--it's scary!
answered May 2 by slg1953 (230 points)
I'll be 66 years old in a few weeks, and have T1D for 39 years. I use an insulin pump (for many years on and off as health insurance would pay) and added a CGM (a year and a half ago). I'll be starting Medicare with all the Parts A, B,C, D soon after my husband's health insurance ends at his retirement in 2018. sigh.

I'm trying t be proactive--but am dragging my research-feet because I get overwhelmed by the paperwork. However, managing my disease is what I've been doing for a long time.  I hear that CGM's aren't covered (yet) by Medicare. And THEN we wonder what is going to happen with healthcare under the current administration. Pre-existing condition R Us, right?

I am remaining optimistic, because what other choices? I remember checking bg's by putting blood on a strip and wiping it off to compare it with colors on the side of the container; and cutting each strip into thirds because I had to pay full price (50 cents a strip). Oh, and peeing on test-strips. . .and injections of both regular and long-acting insulins (the poor man's pump).

Let's celebrate what we CAN do and hope for the best as we age into the Medicare  years, fixed-income worlds.  Anyone out there who is in this place--how are the expenses going for you?
answered May 10 by Ann B Hursey (860 points)