Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Upsetting Things People Say About Diabetes

I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and there was so little awareness of diabetes then. None of our relatives and friends had heard of it. When I was in my 30's two doctors told me I would not live past my 40's. When I told a few friends what the doctors had said, one of them said that my parents must not have taken good care of me while I was very young. At least they did not blame me, they blamed my parents. Now I am 73, have been type 1 for 67 years, and I have very good diabetes health. My parents took very good care of me. That is why I made it through my childhood.

I did not know about the possible complications that we can face until I was an adult. My parents did not want me to go to college.They thought my diabetes would make it impossible for me to do well enough there, and that I would fail. They refused to pay any part of my college expenses. I got a job and worked my way through college, and graduated with honors. My parents were proud of me. That meant as much to me as my college degree!

Do any of you remember things you were told or that you experienced that were very upsetting?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Warner's Cures, 1980s


I am always upset when there is a "cure" for diabetes posted online. I'm sure you are too! Cures for diabetes have been advertised for many years. H. H. Warner (1842-1923) had cures for many diseases, including diabetes. Look at the pictures of the bottle containing a Diabetes Cure. The suggested diet on the label is very good, but the content of the bottle was another "snake oil" sham.

Warner became a millionaire with his cures. There was no national health service in the 1880s, and buying a remedy from a chemist or apothecary was a standard practice. Warner had plants in Rochester, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, and Melbourne. Warner spent much money advertising, and his cures were sold all over the world. He made a poor mining speculation in 1893 and lost his fortune. Then he moved to Minnesota, where he spent the rest of his life in seclusion. The bottles containing the cures are very valuable now to collectors.

Monday, March 18, 2013

How Low and High BG Affects Brain Cells

A friend in another group presented these slides today. She attended a meeting and a Dr Metzger presented them at a FFL conference last weekend. The images left to right show three brain cells...the first image is a brain cell during low blood sugar, the 2nd is a brain cell during normal blood sugar, and the 3rd is a brain cell during high blood sugar. This seems to imply that the cells are more affected by high than by low BG! The graph shows IQ in relation to A1c. Very interesting!

Photo: A friend in another group presented these slides today. She attended a meeting and a Dr Metzger presented them at a FFL conference last weekend. The top image shows three brain cells...the first image is a brain cell during low blood sugar, the 2nd is a brain cell during normal blood sugar, and the 3rd is a brain cell during high blood sugar. I found it shocking to see the difference with the high BG! The bottom image is a chart showing IQ in relation to A1c. Very interesting!

Be sure to click on the diagram to see that the A1c is represented on the horizontal axis, and the IQ on the vertical axis.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Joslin Medalist Study


There is a study of long term type 1 diabetics taking place at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. It is called the Joslin Medalist Study. The purpose of the study is to determine why so many long term type 1 diabetics have been able to avoid diabetes related complications. Every participant has received the Joslin 50 year medal. At the present time there have been more than 800 participants, and the study is ongoing.

When I participated in 2009, I was told that some of the participants had not been taking good care of themselves, but there were no serious diabetes related complications. Others had worked very hard to have good control, but did have some complications. The majority of the medalists, like me, have worked for good control, and have good diabetes health.

A few years ago it was found that some of the diabetics involved still produce some of their own insulin! The members of the study team were very surprised at this discovery. That could help explain their longevity and good diabetes health. Some of us do not produce any insulin, and we have good diabetes health. I made a point of that when I was allowed to speak to the audience in June, 2011. There has to be another explanation for the good long term health for those of us not producing insulin.

Dr. King made a startling announcement at the 2011 meeting. He said that there are an estimated 2000 type 1 diabetics in the US who have a special internal protection against complications involving eyes, kidneys, and serious nerve damage. He added that the protection does not help our hearts. Several participants have had heart attacks, bypass surgeries, and other heart problems. My heart is very strong at this time, with no problems.

I have given only a partial report here. The links below will enable you to explore further. The Joslin medalists meet in Boston every two years. This year we will meet on May 10 and 11. I have some Facebook friends in the Boston area, and a few of them will meet with us in the evening on May 11. If anyone who reads this blog is interested, be sure to contact me.

http://www.joslin.org/medalist/6268.html

http://www.joslin.org/medalist/background.html