Monday, November 28, 2016

Insulin Injections, 1930

We can all be thankful for the present day insulins, devices, and knowledge about diabetes.
This picture was taken in 1930, only nine years after the discovery of insulin. The girl is injecting the animal insulin near her knee, where there is muscle, and very little fatty tissue. There was no fast acting insulin back then, and injecting in the muscle caused the insulin to act much faster. I injected that way for many years, starting in 1945.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, one of my favorite TV actresses, Type 1. In the link below Mary tells how she dealt with diabetes. In recent years she has had problems with her vision, and is almost blind.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Diagnosed in 1922

This is a wonderful post for International Diabetes Month. Ted Ryder, diagnosed when five years old, in 1922, and lived until he was 76. That is remarkable! His correspondence with Dr. Banting is priceless!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Diabetic Seizures

The link below gives a very good article on seizures.
I had seizures starting in 1945, the year I was diagnosed. I was 6 years old then. I continued having seizures for many years. I did not have a meter for determining my blood sugar for my first 40 years, and I did not have basal and bolus insulins until the mid 1990s. I had occasional seizures until the 1990s. I was never given a glucagon shot until the 1980s. I am very fortunate to have parents, and later on, a wife who brought me out of those seizures prior to the 1980s. There are some articles that indicate that seizures can cause brain damage, Despite having many many seizures for 50 years, I do not think my brain has been damaged. I became a college math professor in 1963, and I am a healthy diabetic after 71 years of type 1.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

13 Rewards of Exercise

Top 13 Rewards of Exercise...yes, there are 13. Exercise also helps manage your blood sugar. I love exercise, how about you?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Longevity Of T1D's

People with type 1 diabetes are living much longer. Studies have found that better diabetes care has narrowed the gap between the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics, and non diabetics in the US. Until recently, no one would have predicted that people with type 1 diabetes could have a nearly normal life span. Things ave improved so much. I am 77, with 71 years of T1, and am very healthy. Some T1 people have lived into their 80s, and a few into their 90s. Researchers are busy looking to find out what these people did right. The Joslin Medalist Study is one study that is researching the increased longevity of so many type 1 people.