advice - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 02-24-2003 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
advice

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
THANK YOU
Umit is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 02-24-2003
Moderator
 
Jeff_H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,843
Thanks: 5
Thanked 138 Times in 111 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
advice

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.

Good luck to you.

Jeff

(BTW, A word of advice, using all CAPS on the internet is considered to be yelling and is thought be a little rude.)
Jeff_H is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 8 Old 02-25-2003
Senior Member
 
pirateofcapeann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
Posts: 373
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 13
 
advice

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. You’re 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.
pirateofcapeann is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 8 Old 02-25-2003
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 55
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
advice

Easy solution -- wear a pfd and have your guest wear one, too. When the copmfort level improves, the pfd comes off.
thefantasea is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 8 Old 02-26-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
Posts: 562
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
advice

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.
Irwin32 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 8 Old 02-27-2003
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
advice

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
OCJoe is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 8 Old 03-10-2003
Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 59
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
advice

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.

Peter K., S/V Waltzing Matilda
Cape Dory 26, Hull #42
waltzingmatilda is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 8 Old 03-13-2003
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 14
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
advice

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.
sinewave2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help and advice, buying first time sailboat ashley_nathan Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 12-28-2004 12:57 PM
Thanks for the advice bidet Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 11-29-2003 06:01 PM
C & D Canal advice ha.taylor Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 05-23-2003 04:50 AM
This is it Definitive advice webdeziner1 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 02-11-2002 06:27 PM
Advice for breaking into racing dzipkin Racing 3 12-04-2000 02:02 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome