6/10/08 ~ Diabetes Living Today® ~ No Sugar Added™ Open Forum with Dan Dantinne

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will have an Open Forum. They will be taking your phone calls and answering your questions on Diabetes. Also joining them in the studio this week will be type one diabetic Dan Dantinne from Vineland, NJ. Dan will share how his life has changed since being diagnosed six and half years ago. Listener’s are invited to call in with their questions and comments. 

Dan Dantinne:

I am 30 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 23… so I’ve been officially diabetic for about 6 ½ years, with symptoms first manifesting roughly a year and a half before I was diagnosed. I was actually happy to hear the diagnosis, as I thought it was something MUCH worse (like terminal cancer). Not really knowing much about the disease, I did quite a bit of research on my own. I am currently using an insulin pump (without sensor) manufactured by Deltec called the Cozmo, with a glucose monitor (called the Cozmonitor) attached to the back for information transfer purposes. I have been using the pump for about 11 months now and am very happy with it. Prior to the pump, I was using Lantus for my basal insulin once a day and Novolog for my bolus shots whenever I ate or as necessary to control my blood sugar. With the pump, I am only using Novolog. For a brief period I was using Apidra, but stopped after have an allergic reaction. I use carbohydrate counting to manage my diabetes and have an average A1C level of 7.0 (which I would like to see go down and am working towards). I have no other health issues, maintain a constant weight of 150 lbs., exercise regularly and, with the help of a wonderful family, have managed my diabetes successfully (from what I’ve been told).


On a personal level, I feel that being diagnosed with diabetes was a sort of blessing. Before I started to experience diabetic symptoms, I was eating very poorly, going out to clubs and bars almost every day of the week, and was generally unfocused as to what I would do with the rest of my life. Being diagnosed with diabetes forced me to take personal responsibility for my own life and make decisions for my own well-being; what food I ate, how I spent my leisure time, and what profession I pursued would all be affected, but with those critical examinations of my daily life came active decision-making. I was no longer drifting along. I had to take control of my life in order to continue it in a positive and healthy manner and the result has been nothing short of miraculous. I am easily happier now than I was at 22 and have so much more to be happy about.


I appreciate the opportunity to share my personal experiences with others who may be struggling and looking for some positive outlooks when dealing with a disease that has so much negativity surrounding it.




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6/10/08 ~ Diabetes Living Today® ~ No Sugar Added™ Open Forum with Dan Dantinne