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Together “Blogging For A Cure” We Can Blog To Cure Diabetes

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Nearly 16-million Americans suffer from diabetes, but many who may be at risk still are not aware of the disease.

There are two types: Type 1 (insulin dependent) and Type 2 (adult onset). Insulin dependent diabetics must take insulin injections simply to stay alive, while those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes often depend upon pills and exercise to regulate their diabetic blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Suffering from diabetes for many Americans continues because of the horrible side effects of this disease. What kind of side effects? Untraumatic limb removal, poor circulation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and numerous other negative possibilities that can create quite a bit of suffering for an unlucky, or unhealthy, diabetic.

I’ve had diabetes since I was one year old. It was inflicted, my family believes, by a virus I caught when I was a baby. I have given myself insulin injections since I was 12 and I have petitioned for a cure for diabetes in the past, and I even testified before Congress, asking for increased diabetes cure research funding.

Does Congress ever listen? Well, yes, but not completely, as not all diabetic-related issues are given serious consideration. Diabetics still are rarely allowed to inject insulin in public schools, for example, without fighting their school district, even though it is a necessity for them to live a balanced and healthy life.

This is why diabetics, friends of diabetics, family members of diabetics and even those who are compassionate enough to stand up for diabetics to stand up and be counted.

November is American Diabetes Month, and I propose to you, my fellow bloggers, that we stand up and be counted together as members of the blogging community and that we show our support for increased diabetes cure research funding by Blogging For A Cure!

The goal? Post as many posts as you can throughout the month of November on diabetes, whether it be your experience with diabetes, your friend’s experience, a family member’s experience, or anything else that draws our public officials’ attention to the fact that this horrible disease does exist and is indeed in need of a cure!

Place this logo on your blog and link each post to the Diabetes Advocacy page and encourage your readers to sign up and tell Washington to increase diabetes cure research funding every day as you continue Blogging For A Cure!

Let us begin today a new day to decree that our government establish the means by which science can alleviate all of humanity from this terrible disease as we begin Blogging For A Cure for diabetes!

How to Blog For A Cure: Post something on your blog daily throughout the month of November about diabetes and be sure to post the Diabetes Advocate logo on your blog and link it to this page where people can sign up to become a Diabetes Advocate. If you do not have a blog, visit Blogger to get one today!

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  • You rock, John!

  • Count me in!

    One of my best friends all through high school was diabetic. He had to inject himself twice a day. It was really hard on him – he had needle tracks and scar tissue, and sometimes finding an injection site that wasn’t too painful was difficult.

    I could never have done it – I pass out from getting shots at the doctor’s office!

    This is just a great cause, and thanks for bringing it up!

  • I have my diabetes more or less under control. Of course I support efforts to find a cure. However, I don’t believe it will happen in my life time.

    The most important thing people can do in regard to Type II diabetes is control their own and their childrens’ diets. I recently read a NYT piece about findings in regard to the diets of babies and toddlers. Large numbers of small children have horrible diets. Parents are filling baby bottles with soft drinks when the children are only a few months old. Toddlers are noshing on French fries. If this trend continues, there will be a lot more diabetics.

  • Thanks for the info., MD. That is a very good point, about the diabetes trend and there potentially being many more diabetics in our lifetime, because government statistics show that the number of diabetics are increasing throughout the U.S. MD, please join us as we begin Blogging For A Cure in November!

    Thanks to everyone for supporting this wonderful cause! I look forward to blogging with you all as we start Blogging For A Cure on November 1!

    Don’t forget to add this image to your blog and to link this link to the image and to each blog post while Blogging For A Cure in November! Together we can make our voices heard and let Washington know that more needs to be done to cure this terribly tragic disease that affects nearly 16-million Americans and many, many more across the globe!

  • Dennis

    No one should have to go through life with type 1 diabetes. Type 2 is a different disease. Although type 2 diabetes can be equally damaging, it often can be controlled with diet and excercise. Type 1 is non-negotioable and unrelenting. It requires round-the-clock monitoring of insulin, carbohydrate consumption, blood sugar levels and activity. Worst of all, little kids get it. Often as young as 1 or 2 years old. I never knew about type 1 diabetes, or that one million people in America have it, until my 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with it a couple years ago. You can’t imagine what it’s like to have to hold down a 2- year-old that is scared of needles to give her insulin injections. Now that she is used to the needles, we just worry about her ‘going low’ in the middle of the night to the point of falling into coma, or, as some people do, they just die in thier sleep. Or we worry she will
    have high blood sugar levels too frequently, causing long term damage that could put her on kidney dialysis or with eye damage to the point of blindness by the time she is in high school.

    Diabetics have been told for thirty years that a cure is ‘just around the corner’, but still it is not cured.

    All of us pay for diabetes in the form of medical costs. Insurance premiums are high in large part because in the USA we spend 132 billion dollars a year on diabetes and its complications. And diabetes is rising at near epidemic rates. Sales of insulin were up nearly 30% last year.

    Many people are talking about President Bush spending 87 billion dollars in Iraq, when each and every year we spend almost double that on diabetes. I think diabetes warrants more conversation because of the human and financial costs of the disease.

    How about a ‘war on disease?’ Just think how much better off this country would be financially if diabetes was cured; not to mention the good of curing so many children in the US, and all over the world.

  • Debs

    I was diagnosed with diabetes about 5 days ago and all i could do is cry. I never thought it could happen to me. It is very painful when i think about the complications. Can somebody please find a cure for diabetes. God please save the world from diabetes!

  • If you have Type I (insulin dependent) diabetes, your body is producing no insulin. With an absolute lack of insulin, you have probably experienced the most common symptoms, excessive thirst (polydipsia), frequent urination (polyuria), extreme hunger (polyphagia), extreme fatigue, and weight loss.

    These symptoms were caused by hyperglycemia and a breakdown of body fats. If you have had these symptoms, you are ketosis-prone

  • Andy



  • There is NEW HOPE and everyone should see this web-page: http://www.vmtf.com

  • I drink bitter melon tea to control my type II diabetes. Out of curiosity, I searched pubMed and discovered over 250 scientific reports about that magic vegetable, under its scientific name (Momordica Charantia). I sorted them out and Categorized them in my website http://mission.comparenews.org along with my personal experience and some articles about that magic vegetable.
    It is a ray of hope for other type II diabetics. Together, we might find a way to battle this epidemic.

  • I have a ‘cure’ for diabetes for men and have treated more than 1000 men with a natural testosterone pellet (F.D.A. approved 1982: Bartor Pharmacol. Testopel(R). I proved that appropriate natural testosterone would lower a man’s insulin requirements by up to 50 units and allow him to stop oral agents.

    The result: the study was discontinued by the hospital and the state’s primary insurance carrier put me on a ‘don’t pay him list.’

    If you care about natural treatments for diabetes, the cure is already here and FDA approved– it is just the greed of the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies that keeps disease around.

    Edward M Lichten MD [Personal contact info deleted]

  • You may not know, but John Mudd passed away last month. The news said he had stopped taking his medication.

  • Cathy

    I started taking Cinnamon capsules about 4 months ago because of my high cholesterol. The doctor wanted to put me on some type of medicine and I’m the type of person that would rather treat something with a natural remedy rather than treat something with a prescription drug. Before I started taking Cinnamon my cholesterol level was 245 and now it is at borderline level of 210. The longer I take the cinnamon the better my Cholesterol gets. [Edited]

  • Diabetic Complications are the permanent changes that occur after prediabetes stage. Body indicates these changes by steady symptoms like pain in the eyes, etc. Diabetic complications may damage body organs like heart, kidney, eye, feet, skin.

  • Diabetes Response Servce – there’s a company that will be starting an emergency alert service specifically for diabetes. This may be a great option for some diabetics.

  • Ms. T

    Below is an article from SYNERGY MAGAZINE and Im choked… I have 2 friends who were denied a Insulin Pump from the Government because it wasnt available through their program. The Author BRAGS about how she manipulated everyone because she was Educated and Resourceful??? What a bunch of Hooey! What my friends are less than? I emailed this to the premier and diabetes assn… if you are out raged, please do the same and maybe everyone will be treated fairly

    Author: Helena Green

    Website: http://www.members.shaw.ca/seekers

    I have diabetes. It’s the type that statistics show to be the second highest cause of death (the first being accidents) in Canada. This condition (they don’t call it a disease) is the result of the body not producing enough insulin to break down the food that we ingest into small enough particles for the body to absorb. The various complications that can result over time include kidney, heart and brain diseases, plus nerve damage and/or blindness. In other words, it’s serious. In order to continue living, I have taken approximately 36,500 injections (one of life’s cruel jokes since I abhor needles) of insulin over the last forty years while manifesting, to various degrees, the typical long-term complications.
    From the time that I discovered the ‘insulin pump’ (a pager-size gizmo one wears that emulates the work of the pancreas) as a treatment for diabetes, my world opened up in both freedom in lifestyle and hope for survival.
    After 5 years of ‘pumping,’ this life-line broke. In a panic, I called the company, friends and family, past associates, advocates, service clubs, my MLA and MP, and everyone who I could think of for ideas on how to replace the $6,000 device. This initial search included the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance, People With Disabilities (PWD) office wherefrom, as a client, I receive life giving medication.
    After a number of weeks with little definitive or tenable progress (a few dear ones talked about a community fundraiser while my mother and one other angel were prepared to take on the debt – bless them), I learned that my MLA’s assistant had made inquiries on my behalf with the Ministry. She was able to connect with the supervisor at the PWD office who was intimately aware of the necessity for this life-giving pump. (Her personal support throughout my quest brought much needed hope and light to an otherwise very dim situation.)
    Throughout the process, everyone cautioned me that the relevant provincial legislation did not support my circumstances. So our approach (over a period of months) with the Ministry was to apply and then probably be denied by the ruling authorities. From this platform we were to launch an appeal.
    At this point, I have to mention how difficult it is, as a recipient, to deal with the hopelessly overloaded infrastructure. Normally, a client does not have access to a particular office, let alone a human being at any particular location. Instead, one calls the toll free number, with a disembodied voice deciding on your fate.
    But I was fortunate in connecting with a sympathetic worker when I called in the first place. The application form that I received from him had his portion (as a representative of the Ministry) filled out, thereby completing step one of my journey. To complete the form, I was to get a quote from the pump manufacturer and a testament from my doctor that the pump was, in fact, vital as a treatment for my medical condition. With the precious, completed documentation in hand (it took another couple of weeks to line up what I needed), I excitedly went to the PWD office where I knew that the supervisor would be waiting.
    Instead of a smooth ‘hand-off’ to the worker behind the formidable counter, I was tersely told that I should never have received the form in the first place (as it was contrary to the legislation) and the application was confiscated! After a few heart stopping minutes and a fair amount of explanation, the clerk acquiesced and helped the process along.
    In the moment, I silently reflected on how blessed I was to have the education, perspective and resourcefulness to take on the challenge. At the same time, I sadly thought about how many people much like me, in their need for support, are inevitably lost in the trenches of poverty and hopelessness.
    After three months of telephone calls, meetings, appointments, paperwork and emails, I was surprisingly granted (as a one time only – ever, exception to the rule) the funding for the life-giving medical device which I wear today.
    This miracle definitely lies at the feet of the dear ones who embraced me, in my time of dire need. Yet, I like to think that my unswerving focus and conviction, that I would somehow receive what I needed, constituted my part in co-creating the pump. Of course, partnered with this certainty was my taking action. The rest was Source, pure and simple.
    Ultimately, my platform and formula for manifesting is grounded in my belief that I am divinely guided and protected. I am (and will always be) immensely grateful to the individuals who personally backed my quest. It’s uplifting and just plain fun to lavish special people with love and appreciation. Plus, I believe that my thankfulness is a positive dynamic in receiving blessings daily. It’s all good.