Just curious

Just curious

rwalpole
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10 Sep 2017, 01:46 #1

I'm a army Vietnam vet 1971-72. I got out in 1973 and completed my college degree. I tried to join again in 1975 and was denied enlistment because they determined I had type 2 diabetes.  I went on with a career and had no treatment for diabetes. I did lose weight and started exercising which I have continued to present. The VA doctor says I am prediabetic. It's strange that I was denied the opportunity to go back in and retire with a pension yet I don't meet the qualifications for agent orange compensation.
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The Old Medic
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Joined: 17 Oct 2009, 18:03

10 Sep 2017, 13:26 #2

Pre-Diabetes is not a disability.  Diabetes is.
The Old Medic, R.N., M.A., M.S., Ed.D
US Army 10/1959 - 09/1969 SFC E-7
55G10, 91B40, 91C40, 91F40
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Retired)
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

10 Sep 2017, 17:44 #3

How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
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rwalpole
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10 Sep 2017, 19:49 #4

Kassidyreign wrote:You missed the point.  I was going back in to make a career of the army.  I was turned down because I had diabetes. Now they only call it prediabetes. Not my words but the VA doctors words. Also, I was in for 2 years not 1. The pension I mentioned would have been received when I retired. Also, I am very thankful that years of diet and exercise are kept my diabetes back. 
How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

11 Sep 2017, 01:47 #5

rwalpole wrote:
Kassidyreign wrote:You missed the point.  I was going back in to make a career of the army.  I was turned down because I had diabetes. Now they only call it prediabetes. Not my words but the VA doctors words. Also, I was in for 2 years not 1. The pension I mentioned would have been received when I retired. Also, I am very thankful that years of diet and exercise are kept my diabetes back. 
How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
I also had planned to retire, after 16 years and a tour in Iraq, I decided for my health and my family it was better to not re-enlist . 
Many people are found to be diabetic, and with diet & exercise they can change that, seems that's what happened. 
My father was insulin dependent, he eventually went into a diabetic coma at age 44 and passed away, he was not eligible to serve in Vietnam due to his condition 
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ChipMorrison
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Joined: 05 Jul 2011, 14:50

03 Oct 2017, 15:02 #6

Being sarcastic, have no fear your Diabetes will show up.  I would not rush into it.  In my case, it took some five years from the doctor saying do not eat to much sugar to you are a diabetic now.  There is no stopping the onset, yes reduced weight and diet control will help but it does eventually catch up with you.  Some of us take longer than others, it is a disease that will never go away and so I would not rush into it.  My diabetes did not develop until I was out of the USAF for 12 years.  Now I live on Metformin and Januvia, controlled diet and exercise.  And it did not develop for some 37 years after my last days in Viet Nam.
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The Old Medic
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11 Oct 2017, 15:36 #7

No, being pre-diabetic does NOT automatically mean that you will develop full blown diabetes.  Many people are able to keep it from becoming Diabetes by making permanent life style changes.

This includes things like:  maintaining a healthy weight level, getting regular exercise, avoiding high levels of starches and sugars, keeping alcohol intake to a minimal level, etc.

I you served "boots on the ground" in Vietnam and have maintained a healthy life style, then if you  become a diabetic it is presumed to be service connected.
The Old Medic, R.N., M.A., M.S., Ed.D
US Army 10/1959 - 09/1969 SFC E-7
55G10, 91B40, 91C40, 91F40
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Retired)
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