Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 22, 2007
Question from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands:
I am 37 years old and have had diabetes for 27 years. My glucose control is very difficult as I am quite brittle. My last A1c was 11.4. I am doing my best to lose weight as I am also becoming insulin resistant and require about 100 units of insulin a day. I have retinopathy and neuropathy. My kidneys and my heart have begun to show changes. What is the life expectancy of a person with type 1 diabetes?
The higher burden of end organ disease, the greater risk to your health and longevity. Rather than measure this out, I would encourage you to have the best outcome possible. Please see your physician and work on a plan that allows you to optimize your care. An A1c of over 11% is too high.