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Dec. 27th, 2009

abby, ncis


Question for anyone who can answer

 This is actually the first time I have posted to the group. 
I was diagnosed with P.O.T.S. in October which is caused from my Type 1 Diabetes. I also have diabetic peripheral neuropathy. I went under surgery the day after Yule to help with my fast heart rate. The nerve is damaged that slows down the heart rate, so they went into the sinus node and burned the area that speeds it up to slow it down some. With success they went from the mid-100s to the mid-90s. I'm still in the healing stages and have a follow-up visit on January 4th.

The reason I am telling you this is because I have a couple questions for those that can answer this. 
1)Does anyone know exactly if a defibulator would work? I know its a device that shocks the heart when it starts to go too fast. Or since its a nerve that is damaged may this device not work? 

The reason I asked is because I am trying to see if there is another way instead of having to go in for more surgeries because they said it wouldn't be my last one and the fact that doing it the way that they are doing it, they risk slowing it down too much and having to put a pacemaker in. 

2)I am having problems more so at night than any other time with the fact that they had to go in to burn some of the heart tissue. This is causing heaviness from the swelling of the tissue. It at times feels like when my heart rate would go too fast, basically like I am having a heart attack. I am taking the recommended 800 mg of Ibprofuen every 8 hours, but again its worse at night and doesn't seem to be helping much. Does anyone know of any more natural remedies that I could try instead of killing my already sensitive stomach with Ibprofuen? 

Thanks for all the help in advance. 

Khaos Faerie

May. 23rd, 2009


children & diabetic parents

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Nov. 29th, 2008


Dirt Lover with the 'Betes

 Greetings! I am newly hatched within this community. I have been living with Latent Autoimmune Adult Diabetes now for 7 years and am planning on starting the pump today. Any experienced Pumpers out there? I am a bit concerned about how I am going to keep the infusion set in with my 1 year attached to me. Any advice or preferences on infusion sets?
Many Blessings~

Nov. 27th, 2008



Pecan Pie for US. :-)

I've been trying to find a pecan pie recipe that had WAY less sugar (I don't care for baking with Splenda, mostly). The traditional southern version is way too sweet for me, and needs like a week's worth of insulin. I wanted lots of pecan flavor, and something else for thickening, rather than corn syrup.

There are custard pecan pie recipes, which seemed like a promising direction, but most of the recipes I found still included vast amounts of sugar, and many of them included the corn syrup. Not what I was looking for. And then this morning...

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Aug. 19th, 2008

Star necklace


Trace Arsenic in Drinking Water Linked to Type II Diabetes

"A new analysis of government data is the first to link low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes, researchers say. The study's limitations make more research necessary. And public water systems were on their way to meeting tougher U.S. arsenic standards as the data were collected. "

Full article at the Source

Aug. 18th, 2008


Two news articles regarding diabetes medicines

Sulfonylureas and Metformin May Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Hospitalization

FDA seeks stronger warnings for Amylin's Byetta Deaths due to pancreatitis attributed to Byetta.

No joy!

Jun. 4th, 2008


Vitamin E, the latest warrior against diabetes?


Scientists are assessing research that suggests high doses of vitamin E may help fight diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world with many ravaging complications, affecting millions of people. Complications can lead to heart disease, eye damage, kidney failure, non healing ulcers all over the body and can also cause complications of the nervous system.

Diabetes is caused by the deficiency of hormone insulin, secreted by the pancreas and that is essential for converting sugar, starches and other foods into energy for cells. Lacking insulin, sugars build up in the blood rather than entering cells to fuel them. The result is that the body's cells literally can starve to death, causing the complications.

In what can come as welcome news to millions of diabetics around the world. Vitamin E, according to the researchers protects the body against diabetes by acting on the free radicals produced in the body which cause the complications of the disease. Diabetics have an abnormally high levels of free radicals in the body due to the high levels of glucose in the blood.

Also researchers showed that vitamin E curtailed the inflammation in blood vessels of diabetics. Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, Asst. Prof. of Pathology at the University of Texas, South Western Medical Centre in Dallas, a lead researcher in the study says the results are very encouraging.

Though diabetes dose not have an established cure as yet, the emphasis is on controlling the disease so as to lessen the chances of developing complications of the spreaded disease. Vitamin E appears to be the latest warrior against the disease. Only time can say how successful this warrior is, in his mission.


[comment: "spreaded disease"? I think this may be either a typo or a mistranslation...]

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Mar. 3rd, 2008




Honey is apparently better than we thought. :-)


Mar. 2nd, 2008


How the humble cuppa could conquer diabetes

By Kate Foster

Ingredients in black tea mimic insulin to fight deadly disease

IT IS the world's most popular drink, enjoyed everywhere from building sites to The Ritz.

But now scientists have discovered that the great British cuppa holds the potential to fight one of the nation's biggest life-threatening diseases.

Groundbreaking research by scientists at Dundee University has revealed that ordinary tea may have the potential to help combat type 2 diabetes, which affects around 200,000 Scots.

The scientists have discovered ingredients in black tea mimic the action of the hormone insulin, which is deficient in people with diabetes.

They say the next step is to establish whether drinking more tea could help treat diabetes or even prevent it occurring in the first place.

The popularity of black tea has declined in recent years as consumers increasingly developed a taste for mineral water, herbal infusions, fruit teas and speciality coffees.

The UK Tea Council claims that despite this decline, 165 million cups of tea are drunk each day in the UK – more than twice that of coffee at 70 million – making it by far the nation's most popular drink.

Dr Graham Rena, an insulin researcher at the University of Dundee's Neurosciences Institute, believes the health benefits of so-called 'builders' tea' may actually surpass those of other drinks, including green tea, which many claim has cancer-fighting properties and can help with weight loss.

In type 2 diabetes, insulin is produced by the body in insufficient quantities or does not work properly. Rena discovered that chemicals in black tea, known as theaflavins and thearubigins, mimic the action of insulin, which helps the body convert sugar to energy.

He said: "The prevailing view has been that green tea is the thing we must have for health benefits. But what we have found is that the substances that mimic insulin action are in black tea. It would be interesting to know what level of tea consumption, if any, can elicit similar effects to those that we have seen in our lab-based studies."

Rena said another option could be to create a pill from purified tea ingredients. "We would like to see these effects in human trials, and I am trying to get other researchers interested. We are hoping this can be made into a treatment."

Current treatments for the condition include insulin injections or tablets to help insulin work more effectively.

Rena's findings, which are published in the scientific journal Aging Cell, were last night welcomed by nutritionists and health campaigners.

Research has linked tea with benefits in fighting heart disease and cancer but until now little has been known about its potential to tackle diabetes.

Carina Norris, a nutritionist and researcher at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, said: "Tea, green and black, is a rich source of plant chemicals, which have a powerful antioxidant effect. We already know these have a protective effect against heart attacks, stroke and certain cancers.

"The new findings about type 2 diabetes are really exciting, and it's good that the scientists want to carry this research forwards. Type 2 diabetes is a growing and serious problem for Scotland."

Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: "The results could be interesting, but more research is needed before any benefits of black tea for people with diabetes are proven."

Bill Gorman, chairman of the UK Tea Council, said: "Health science on tea has emerged in the past 10 years but little is known about tea and diabetes.

(read complete article at The Scotsman)

Feb. 14th, 2008


Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Diabetes findings seem to be at odds
By Rob Stein

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — One week after U.S. researchers said that pushing down blood-sugar levels as close as possible to normal might be dangerous for high-risk diabetes patients, a preliminary analysis of a similar international study has found no such risk.

The seemingly conflicting findings, released Wednesday, stoked the new uncertainty about the best strategy for treating type 2 diabetes, one of the most common health problems in the United States and elsewhere.

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