Tim loves to keep busy – whether that be playing tennis, walking the dog, swimming or travelling! Tim has also lived with type 1 diabetes for 57 years. We spoke to Tim about how his diabetes technology has changed since then and how he navigates his diabetes management day-to-day.
Q: Can you tell us a little about you and your interests?
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1964. I like playing tennis, swimming, going to the gym and walking the dog. I enjoy music and still play the piano! I’ve always loved travelling as well – just two years ago I went to Alaska and it was one of the best ever trips! I hope to keep on travelling soon.
Q: How would you describe your journey with your diabetes management over the years?
I remember back in the day when blood glucose tests were done using Ames tablets mixed with samples of Urine. A colour chart was then compared with the result to give an approximate reading. The next advancement to come along was the Stanley Clarke meter, which used a finger prick to indicate the reading.
And now I’m using Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) which is light years ahead of all the monitors I used previously for 57 years.
Back in the day for me it was ‘a needle a day keeps the diabetes at bay’ however these days it is more like 4 a day – but that’s okay by me. My HbA1c lingers around 7 mmol/L.
Q. Can you tell us a scenario where Dexcom alerts and alarms have helped you stay on top of your levels?
Dexcom alerts and alarms have been very helpful in waking me overnight when I have high or low glucose levels. I have set the high limit at 16 mmol/L and the low at 4 mmol/L. This has made for a comfortable sleep overnight.
Q: How has Dexcom CGM supported your diabetes care?
I share my Dexcom readings from the app with my healthcare team [via Dexcom Share]. Dexcom is also really helpful as there is no need to fingerprick so often*. I have not had many low blood glucose levels while playing sport since I started using Dexcom CGM which is fantastic.
The other helpful thing that I like is the feeling of security when playing sport – a quick check of my Dexcom G6 app gives me a good idea where my glucose levels are at that moment. This eases my nerves and anxiety levels which can be overwhelming. Since I have been using Dexcom, I have come home from sport with a ‘reasonable’ glucose level for me, whereas in the past, it could be awry.
Q. Why did you choose Dexcom CGM?
I have tried different devices previously, however after speaking to my Diabetes Educators we decided Dexcom CGM would be good for me as I was having low glucose levels when exercising at noon and going from high to low glucose levels in a short time. Also, with Dexcom I can easily monitor my glucose level on the go.
*Dexcom G6 requires zero fingerpricks, however if your glucose alerts and readings from the G6 do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions
Tim is an Australian Dexcom Warrior. For more information on the Dexcom Warrior Program, please click here
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