QUOTE(canuk chic @ Apr 8 2008, 12:21 PM)
I'm begining to realize I may have been naive to believe that if you check often and keep nice tight numbers you can avoid complications.
The DCCT proved that 'if you check often and keep nice tight numbers' you REDUCE the CHANCE of complications. Unfortunately, some folks get complications regardless of how hard they work at their control, while others who don't take as good care of themselves have no complications. I am one of the lucky ones. I am approaching my 30 year anniversary of my diagnosis, and I have no sign of any complication.
All any of us can do is try to avoid complications by taking the best control we can, including some of the preventative meds.
I take an Ace Inhibitor (Altace 10 mg) for blood pressure and a statin (Lipitor) for cholesterol. Both of them were prescribed by my endo at the first sign of less than optimal numbers. He explained that they both have added effects as far as reducing risk of complications. I also take the 81 mg aspirin.