Hey every one. I found out I was diabetic when I was 12 I am now 20. I have pretty much always had decent a1c numbers of about 7 to 7.5 for the last 6 years or so until now! All of a sudden my a1c was 8.5! I have had many times when my sugar wouldn't stay under 200 for weeks at a time. I get very frustrated and my girlfriend has commented on how down I get. After my last doctor's appointment I have really been considering going on a pump but really have no experience with them at all. I thought maybe any of you might have some suggestions or just experience with what I am going through. ThanksView Thread
While I do know one or two T1s who have insulin resisitence, it seems not that common to me from what I have seen. The reason I ask is that I saw a post a while back somewhere else that talked about a "unification theory". Basically this article suggested that T1 and T2 were roughly the same thing. That the autoimmune response was actually triggered by insulin resistence. Frankly, I didn't buy it. I have never had IR and don't believe I had it at age 2 1/2 when I was diagnosed.
No, not my diabetes anniversary, but my non-diabetes anniversary. Two years ago I had my pancreas transplant. I wasn't insulin free right away (that wasn't until April 27th) but I received the organ on this date in 2008. It has been an amazing 2 years. For the first 6 weeks I was on really minimal insulin with basically only the occasional correction bolus.
This is not something I would recommend for everyone. I already had a kidney transplant and so was immmunosuppressed already. And when this graft fails, I don't think I'd do it again. But in the meantime I am enjoying every minute of it. I now test for fun! And it's always normal! No surprises.
The Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School has been funded to continue the Medalist Research Program.
Joslin has for many years awarded a "Gold Medal" to Type I diabetics who have survived for 50 years or more. A few years ago, as my wife approached the 50th anniversary of her diagnosis, I applied for the medal for her.
Shortly after she received her medal, Joslin invited her to fly from coast to coast to participate in some special testing. She does not fly alone, so they agreed to pay round trip tickets for both of us and one night in a hotel near the center.
She has just been invited to return for some more tests that the results of the first exam suggested. Seems that most Type Is who survive, continue to produce some insulin. It appears that some Beta cells regenerate and then the auto-immune system kicks in again and kills them off. The goal is to find some way to rein in the killer cells and thus convert the natural regeneration into a cure.
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