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Has anyone with Type 1 diabetes done the medical exam?

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Hi everyone,


I’ve been reading a thread started by @Two Lost Souls, which has a lot of really useful info re the medical exam.


I’m a type 1 diabetic (born with defective pancreas - insulin-dependent ) and wondered if anyone else who has been or is going through the process is diabetic - and if so, how I can best be prepared for the medical exam?


I’m thinking that I will get my diabetes consultant to write me a letter, confirming that I’m in good health and have well managed diabetes and talking about any hospital visits I’ve had due to diabetes (only 2 in 30 years of diabetes) - and I’m hoping that this, in addition to my summary notes, should be sufficient?


Would love to hear if anyone else has gone through the med screening with any other chronic illness, such as diabetes.





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I would expect it to be more of a financial issue, may need to show how this will be dealt with financially. I remember a news story recently CNN? that covered the increased cost of treatment.

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Hi I don't have diabetes but a different chronic illness since I was 17 years old. It didn't prevent me from getting my spousal visa of course. The doctor at my medical exam just mentioned or even wrote it down, I don't remember, that regular visit with a specialist doctor is recommended. That's it.


Remember you can take up to 3 months worth of medication with you once you move. It goes without saying that you need to make sure that you get health insurance right away. I was without one for 2 months and it was awful. I started getting very sick and continued to be for 2 more years after that. Just recently I ended up getting surgery and I'm finally med-free. Anyways.


Your medical examination should not hinder you of getting a visa. It will be fine.  A letter is definitely recommended, not only for the medical exam but also for later. I had a letter with me so I can show it to my new doctor. It included my diagnosis and my current health even though that sadly changed quickly after I moved.


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I have epilepsy and had my medical in London. No issue at all. They will check your general health but such conditions are not a reason to deny your visa based on your health. The government does have a clause that permits them to deny a person a visa if they feel their health costs are so high that they are likely to become a public charge. But I assume your spouse will be adding you to their existing health coverage and that your medication will be covered under the plan? Have you checked that your brand of insulin is available in the USA AND covered by your spouse’s health plan? My situation was somewhat different in that I had a spousal visa and started work less than 2 weeks after I arrived and my employer covers my healthcare premiums in full. 





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I am a type 1 Diabetic for over 25 years.  I had my medical done this December 13.  I didn't bring a letter from my doctor or anything to the medical.  They didn't ask me any questions at all about it other than to confirm i was a type 1 diabetic.  I wouldn't let it stress you out at all :)    And btw, i traveled to the US with 6 months supply of alll meds and both insulins with no problems.

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Thanks very much everyone for your responses 🙂.


I spent six months in California in 2017 and took insulin out to cover that period - they were absolutely fine with that at the airport - I actually hope to take a year’s supply with me when I go, but we’ll see what my doctor will prescribe me.


Know about the costs - my fiancé read about the recent court case and was disgusted - fortunately he has really good healthcare that I’ll be covered under too.


Re insulins, the same brand I use is available in the US - though I use a fairly new type of insulin, that isn’t available there yet, or wasn’t when I last checked - however, they have the type I was using in 2017, before switching to the one I’m on now - so I’d be ok to switch back to that one if needed.



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