Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Great Quote for Diabetes

This is the way it is with diabetes, every day. I hope you agree!

Long Lives With Type 1

The Diabetes Forecast is the American Diabetes Association magazine. Their 60'th anniversary was in October, 2008. The magazine wanted to include stories about people with 60 or more years of type 1. Eleven long term diabetics were interviewed, and their stories were told in that issue. I was one of the eleven. One of the stories is about William Rounds. He was diagnosed in 1923, when he was 11 months old. He attended the Joslin medalist meeting in 2009, so he was type 1 for 86 years at that time. There are two additional links at the bottom of the article. One shows William Rounds and his story. The other discusses the Joslin Medalist Study which had been in progress for three years at that time.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Flow Chart for Correcting Highs

Christel Aprigliano has created a flowchart that makes insulin dosing for high blood sugar "easy". LOL! Christel is brilliant and funny, so is her blog!!!

Bionic Pancreas....Human Trials

If you are following the clinical study of the Bionic Pancreas, this is a good read, about the first participants in the trials.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

We Need Medicare Coverage of CGMs

The bill that would require Medicare to cover CGMs for senior citizens needs more support. There are presently 37 senate and 185 House of Representatives cosponsors.We need more cosponsors! You and your friends can use the site below to contact legislators and make Medicare coverage of the CGM a reality. Thanks to each of you.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My Diabetes Past, Present and Future

I read an article several years ago that said the 'smart' diabetic lives longest, but I knew very little about diabetes from 1945 until the 1980s. I finally had a meter, and found that carbs affect our blood sugar. In the 1990s I finally had basal and bolus insulins. That is when my blood sugar became more well behaved, and my A1c's were in the high 5's. My lack of knowledge during my early years did not cause me to have any diabetes related complications. How have I been so fortunate? Good genes, and a lot of good luck?
I think it is much more than good genes and good luck.The animal insulins I used for 50 years contained C-peptide. All humans and animals have C-peptide, if they produce their own insulin. C-peptide offers protection against diabetes complications. The synthetic insulins that I started using in the 1990s do not contain C-peptide. I started having complications after using modern day insulins for a few years. Rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed when I was in my late 40s, but it has never been that bad. I can walk at a brisk pace and workout at a gym with no problems. I was diagnosed with some retinopathy and some neuropathy. After I started using a pump for a few months, the retinopathy disappeared, and has never returned. My neuropathy was not much of a problem at that time. Earlier this year a neurologist diagnosed me with severe neuropathy in my right leg. I do not know why it is called severe. There is pain, especially at night, but I do not need medication. I think the diagnosis was overstated. I do have several complications that are not diabetes related, but nothing serious. At age 76, and with 70 years of type 1, I am very fortunate to be so healthy. My pump, and modern day insulins, are largely responsible for my good diabetes health, but the knowledge that is currently available has been the primary reason for my continued success.
The Joslin Medalist Study has examined more that 1000 type 1 diabetics, all of whom have lived with their diabetes for 50 years, or more. Dr. King, head of the study, stated that he wanted to determine the factors that have enabled so many of us to live so long without any serious diabetes related complications. The study has been ongoing for more than 10 years. Yearly reports have been given, and very interesting things have been found, but I have not yet seen any explanation for our longevity, and good health.
I think that the new devices that have been developed, and the ones forthcoming in the years ahead may be very helpful to so many type 1 diabetics. The potential type 1 cure is also very exciting, but I am not expecting any of that to help a very long term diabetic like me. I am very content with my life as it stands.
To paraphrase a quote made by Eleanor Roosevelt: My diabetes past is history and my diabetes future is a mystery, but each day I live is a gift!!! That is the way I live my life, and I am enjoying each and every day to the utmost!

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Story Of Insulin

The following link gives an updated version of the History Of Insulin from Dlife. When you have finished the first part (video), click on additional parts in the right hand margin. There are many great videos here on insulin and diabetes.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Which Supplements Are Needed?

I am currently taking a multiple vitamin, folic acid, Vit B12, Vit B6 complex, and magnesium. My internal med doctor keeps suggesting more supplements. He wants me to start taking metanx and fish oil. Are they all necessary? (I also take 8 prescribed meds. With meds and supplements combined there are 8 pills in the morning, and 7 at night. UGH!!)

I found this info about supplements on another diabetes website. Click on the picture and then use the right and left arrows to see other parts of the discussion. Which supplements are right for you?


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why Doctors May Not Approve Low Carb

The doctor who wrote this article is a type 1 diabetic. He follows a low carb diet. He wants us to understand why other doctors may not recommend a low carb diet. This is an excellent article. There is much good information here!!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Day-To-Day With Type 1

Riva is probably my favorite author for her articles, blogs, and books on type 1 diabetes. The article/blog below is one of the best I have seen on day-to-day care of adult type 1 diabetes. You can learn a lot from Riva. She and I had a long phone conversation a few years ago. You might want to look at her books, they are excellent. Click on the link below, and look at the bottom for her books.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Long Chocolate Train

How about this? A train made completely of chocolate, 112 feet long, and weighing 2,755 pounds. I guess it has to be in a very cool location, to keep it from melting. Probably not open to the public? HA!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wilford Brimley on Diabetes

Do you remember Wilford Brimley on TV and movies? He did some advertising on TV about his "Diabeetus" - He is a very good speaker in this Original Video.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bionic Pancreas?

Please excuse my bit of sarcasm, and negativity today. I am feeling some burnout with online posting.
I sat in on the Bionic Pancreas session last year at the Friends For Life Conference. Ed Damiano did a great job with his presentation. I do find it exciting, but I do not trust the Dexcom component that will monitor the BG levels. I am wearing a Dexcom G4 now, and it is sometimes differs from my meter by as much as 30 points. Will the G6 be perfect? I doubt it. One false low, or high, could send someone to the ER with too much insulin because of a false high, or too much glucagon, because of a false low. I will not use a bionic pancreas, ever (Medicare would not cover it anyway, lol). 

I know the bionic pancreas is not a 'cure', but I do not expect there will be a real cure in my lifetime. I know two long term T1D's who had a pancreas transplant, and it has worked very very well! Both of them have been T1 for more then 50 years. One of them is celebrating the 8'th anniversary of her pancreas transplant. The other is a lady in England with a pancreas transplant, and a quadruple bypass. She is also doing very well! I do believe in pancreas transplants, but I do not need one. I am a T1D for 70 years, and my life is very good, without a transplant. If I got a transplant, and was no longer a T1D, then how could I get a 75 year medal?? I suppose I could wait for a transplant after I get the 75 year medal , only five more years, but I want a 100 year medal too!! LOL