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I recently watched an older movie on YouTube titled "Glory Enough for All" that gave me a new appreciation for the diabetes treatment options we have today.
In the past, a diabetes diagnosis diabetes meant wasting away to certain death in a year or two. Just 100 years ago, I would have lost two sons to diabetes. Until the 20th century, diabetes mellitus or "honeyed" diabetes was diagnosed by tasting the patient's urine for sweetness. Then things began to change.
Medical breakthroughs have continued to prolong the lives of people with diabetes.
Dr. Richard Bernstein, who had type 1 diabetes, describes his first meter: "In October of 1969, I came across an advertisement for a new device to help emergency rooms distinguish between unconscious diabetics and unconscious drunks when the laboratories were closed at night. The instrument had a four inch galvanometer with a jeweled bearing, weighed three pounds, and cost $650."
One day, he arrived for a meeting at his attorney's office. He said he was carrying his meter in a bag and hung it up in the coat room. A few minutes later everyone was in a panic as they thought it was a bomb. The 24-story building was evacuated. He had a time convincing the bomb squad it was his glucose meter! Thankfully, today's meters fit in your purse or pocket.
Insulin pumps are about the size of a pager and can easily be carried in a pocket or clipped to a belt. The A1c test that was devised in 1979 provided a more precise blood glucose measurement — hemoglobin is used to track glucose changes over a period of 3-4 months. Other type 2 oral diabetes medications and rapid acting insulin have been added in the last 15 years.
What will the future hold? What would you like to see?
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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My grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 19 days ago. Just keep on going, researchers. You can do it! On your road to finding that cure, you'll hit on more and more advances like all the great ideas in this comment thread.
have a pug(K-9), she was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 weeks ago. Type 1, 2 shots per day 5 units. We are giving it our all, I make her food, roast beef, carrots, and green beans. She gets 1/2 cup of beef, 3 to 4 green beans and 4 or 5 slice( 1/4 ince) 2 times a day along with over weight management dog food from the vet 1/2 cup. So she is feed 1 cup of food 2 tomes a day along with her 5 unit shot.What i can't seem to find is if we are giving her too much insulin, wrong food. She was doing well, one week she was at 250 glucose then the next week she was at 121 then bam she was at 250 the next week. I don't know what happened. She was doing so well. She seems to be doing ok, although she just doesn't seem to have the energy she had. Many talks with vet, still feel a little dumb, hours of reading. Please give me a good sight to look at to learn, for K-9's.
A cure, of course
Been Type I for about 55 years now and a world class judo player. The rule is test blood sugar at least 12 times per day and eat only what you need when you need it. Then find a sport you love more than your spouse and conquer the world.
I'd like to see a glucose meter that you only have to breathe into, somewhat like a breathalyzer.
Since they no longer make pork and beef insulin in America, my son and many other diabetics have to import the pork and beef insulin from England and Canada.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TIME WHEN A PILL CAN BE DEVELOPED THAT CAN BE TAKEN IN LIEU OF INJECTED INSULIN.
I was diagnosed in 1976, and I had to test my blood sugar levels using my urine with a test tube and tablets. This article indicates that they were done away with in the 1960s! My brother and I, among many others especially at camp, used this method for years.. into the early '80s.
thankfully the needles got thinner and thinner over the years. I've been on an insulin pump for close to 2 years now and LOVE it! I'd prick my finger for blood *any day* over what others have to go through for their illnesses. If it hurts, you need to adjust the level of your spring action on the lancer and / or use the side of your finger tip, not directly on the tip itself.
Can anyone (authors included) expand on the claim that in "1935, Roger Hinsworth discovered two types of diabetes — 'insulin sensitive' and 'insulin insensitive'?" There are several websites with similar claims, written in a conspicuously similar fashion, but not one provides a reference. This statement and description ring strikingly closely to the work of Harold Himsworth, who wrote of the distinction between insulin sensitive and insulin insensitive diabetes mellitus in 1936, as well as the novel idea of peripheral insulin insensitivity. (The Lancet, v. 227, i.5864, p.127-130)
Beyond doubt, the best way to avoid type 2 diabetes, particularly if you are in a high risk group, is to eat sensibly and take regular exercise.
But research has found that those with abdominal fat are more at risk of type 2 diabetes. The fat around the abdomen gives one an "apple" shape, and is referred to as abdominal obesity. The fat in this area is called visceral fat, and has been found to cause insulin resistance, unlike the subcutaneous fat under the skin in the rest of the body.
I would like to see monitoring glucose without finger stick. It really hurts.
Jerry, there are home testing A1c monitors available on the market. Check out the diabetes magazines.
Jamie, It sounds like the up dated Omnipod will be smaller and the pod will be sensor ready in the future.
I would like to see an OmniPod like device that also has a continuous glucose monitoring system in it, so that one would not have to wear 2 different units, and it could be managed with one device.
As a wife and mother of diabetics for the last 56 years. I can sure vouch for all the inprovements in the care and treatments. We always want better care, but if you have gone throught all the changes I have, you would be very thankful for the advances that have been made. A bid THANK YOU to all the resurchers.
Above all, a cure. My 26yr. old daughter has been insulin dep. since age 9. I pray everyday that she and others with this chronic disease will see the hour when it is no more.
I would like to see a A1c test developed just like the
diabetes testing that is used today.
Which Gastric Bypass surgery if any do you recommend to a patient with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure? I'm intrested in the Sleeve because of the non re-route of organs and no loss of nutriant and calorie absorption. I'm considered Morbid Obease by my BMI. My goal is to loose weight only because I want to be healthier. I don't want a surgery that will potentially contribute to my existing health conditions and not assist in resolving them. Thank You
An insuling pump which can be worn as a watch and monitor glucose levels. My pump is impossible when I werar a bathing suit! Of course I am thankful EVEYDAY that we have what we have. Can't imagine how I survived, testing my urine using a test tube at age 7.
Wish the constant glucose monitoring devises were better than they are right now. My son doesn't mind injections at all...just wants good control so being able to constantly see where BG levels are would be great especially at school. We went to a class on CGM...but my 13 year old whispered to me, "Not interested!" He just didn't like how it is attached to your body. Too bad they didn't have something that doubled as a watch and CGM.
Mostly...I hope for a cure! The work at Wake Forest (spinning blood and creating heart valves) makes me hopeful that SOON we will see artificial pancreas grown from DNA spun from blood. Never say never! There is the optimist in me that thinks some morning I will wake up and hear on the news something simple right under our noses can be eaten and it regenerates the pancreas...THAT would be awesome! Ya never know!
As a father of a son that just got diagnosed 14 days ago with Type I, I am encourged by articles such as this one.
While I wait for a true cure, I would LOVE to see the artificial pancreas widely available and extremely reliable with in the next couple years. I would also like to have a glucose meter that you can use elsewhere on the body that doesn't have the delay because of the interstitial fluid. Although my 5 year doesn't mind the pokes I can see the marks on his finger tips.
Of course I'd like to see a cure, but in the meantime, I'd like to see a continuous glucose monitor that communicates automatically with the insulin pump to control blood glucose. Or better yet, one device that performs both functions with only one site.
I would like to see some real world technology like we see in the movies. Like in the movie Panic Room, the little girl has a device that looks like a watch that monitors her blood glucose levels continuously and activates an alarm when it goes out of ideal range. Something like that would be an enormous leap forward for glucose level control.
of cource a cure, in which the other cell organ rather than pancrease secreate insulin
A shot of stem cells every 10 years
Very grateful that I was not diagnosed with Type 2 until 2007 as I have been so wonderfully supported (we live in Australia) in my efforts to regain my health. Last time I followed up a recall notice the new clinic MD asked me why I was there....then he said very gravely, it seems as though you might be borderline diabetic....otherwise your health is great....Needless to say I took it as a compliment although concerned with the office record keeping.
Of course, a cure. Oral insulin and glucose test with out the finger poke.
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