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HELLO I NEED SOME ADVICE....I AM A 47 MAN AND I WANT TO BUY A BOAT...BUT I HAVE A CONCERN OVER THAT FACT THAT I AM A DIABECTIC AND IM VERY CONCEREND OVER HOW I CAN BE ABLE TO OUT INTO THE SEA WITHOUT MUCH OR EVEN BETTER NO COMPLAICATIONS OVER MY HEALTH...

I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ALSO ABOUT BOATS TOO AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR OF ANY IMFORMATION REGRADING MY HEALTH COS IM SURE THEIR IS PEOPLE WHO ARE SALING TOO WHO ARE LIKE ME
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I have known quite a few diabetics who have gone cruising. Near as I can tell the common key seems to be to set up regular patterns of eating that do not result in getting into trouble. I do know that seasickness can be extremely dangerous to a diabetic and so precautions like using a patch become even more critical. I think that I would take small steps perhaps chartering or else starting with a comparatively small boat (maybe 25 feet) and see how that goes and then work up from there.

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We all have certain issues to overcome. My personal favorite is when someone who has been invited to go sailing turns it down because they can''t swim! I know many sailors with all sorts of health related issues who still enjoy a full schedule of sailing. They have found a way to take care of themselves in that environment. I agree with Jeff, take your time and feel your condition out on the water. Youíre not going to jump on a boat and head out across the Atlantic tomorrow anyway. It takes time to become proficient around sailboats so just include that part of your life in your learning curve.
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Easy solution -- wear a pfd and have your guest wear one, too. When the copmfort level improves, the pfd comes off.
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My favorite cruising partner is diabetic and it has posed very few problems. We are sure to keep the boat stocked, When he need to eat, he eats. Last summer we did a 17 hour trip in very rough conditions and he held up just as well as I did. Incidently, he is about your age. I don''t think it needs to be a problem.
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I am a 56 yr old diabetic single handed sailor who enjoys the water on a daily basis, cept in the area where the water freezes. Don''t like hard water. The health thing will be an issue if you let it. Take care of yourself and plan for the future. Mini meals help me.
The real issue is the boat. How and where you will use it. GIve that some thought
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Umit,
I am 60 years old and a Type I, insulin dependent diabetic, and have been for the past 45 years. The only time sailing has posed any sort of a problem for me was due to the fact that I did not realize the amount of exercise one gets from sailing, and because of that had an episode where my blood sugar dropped too low. I didn''t really believe that sailing was as active as it is, but discussed it with my doctor (who also sails), and he pointed out the fact that while sailing you actually are always moving, maintaining your balance, tightening sheets, etc. As my blood sugar drops with exercise (well, everyone''s does, but I''m particularly susceptible to the effects of exercise), and as I am not able to discern when a hypo is beginning, I must be careful to keep my blood sugar high enough. I would not worry about your diabetes while sailing except to keep track of where your blood sugar is by regular testing and by having enough glucose (tablets, fruit, or whatever works for you) close by. If you''re a Type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetic then I can''t help you as I have no experience with that. I wouldn''t let my diabetes control my life, though, and I love to sail, sail a lot singlehanded and do my best to be careful. You might also be careful about alcohol since that tends to lower your blood sugar shortly after you drink it and can push it down too far if you''re not careful. My doctor told me to never drink alcohol without eating something to keep up my blood sugar. But, it''s not such a good idea to drink while you''re boating anyhow. If you have a beer or two after docking, just have somethingto eat with it since your blood sugar will probably be lower from the exercise that comes with sailing. Keep lots of glucose tablets around to use if you need them, and don''t worry about it -- get out and enjoy yourself. I sail on Lake Erie, and hope to do some serious Great Lakes cruising this summer. If you have questions please don''t hesitate to email me.

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I''m 8 years young, the first 50 were just for practice. I''m also a type 2 diabetic, amongst several other rare conditions.eat at the right times, take your meds,sailing is exersise, have a vhf radio on board. Kiss the dock good bye and go enjoy life. I haven''t let these medical things change my quest for what i really love, the freedom to sail and enjoy being on the water and life. there are too many people that because of real medical problems can''t do this, and wouldm love the chance to spend just one day on the water. So go and enjoy yourself.
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