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America's (The World's) Silent Killer

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Feb 5, 2010 12:03
  • America's (The World's) Silent Killer


    Bag of Blood with Blood Sugar written on it

    I don't watch daytime TV that often as I'm a working stiff, but yesterday I recorded the Oprah show - which was all about diabetes.  I had read during the week from other PWD bloggers that they were abit disgruntled that probably the show would dwell on Type 2 diabetes.  That doesn't bother me, as I still clump all the different versions of diabetes as being one, we all are having to deal with living with diabetes whether it be with just pills/diet/exercise/insulin.  Below is a comment that I posted at one of the many diabetic forums I belong to which I find seemed to be highly critical of how Oprah / Dr. Oz brought it to the public viewers ...

    I found it pretty good.  You have to remember, it's aimed at the average viewer, who may not have much knowledge of diabetes, and what they have is usually based on incorrect info (e.g. you get it if you're fat, yadda, yadda, yadda). Because of it only being an hour show (with LOTS of ads - not used to day time telly) - they could only really cover the basics, but I personally felt the info put forth was well done.  I think it helped my husband understand about what sugar in our systems does to us with the video that Dr. Oz showed on how the food breaks down in our bodies. Seeing how the "shards of glass" aka "sugar" go thru' our blood vessels if it's not been converted correctly due to our pancreas not squelching out the juice made me cringe (I will never look a broken glass in the same way again).  It didn't help that I was sitting down nibbiling on cookies and an espresso (with sugar) for my evening snack.  Yes, I had taken insulin to cover the carbs aka sugar - so hopefully less "shards of glass" will enter into my blood stream, but still I felt abit uneasy.

    What got me crying, and I'm started to well up here as I type thinking about it, was Laureen, a 44 year old Type 1 diabetic who agreed to be on the show (bless her heart) telling us what bad management of diabetes can do to you (and she is a nurse).  It was when Dr. Oz started to remove the bandages from her legs that I really started to sob uncontrollably, and I'm not one to cry that often (I think diabetes makes some of us tough to emotions).  Besides that ordeal, she is also on kidney dialysis, which is something that all diabetics hope to never have to face.   It was so hard to watch, and of course, because of of a PWD friend of mine, Lois, having her leg amputated a few days ago due to mismangement of her diabetes (and she admits she f##ed up), it hit me hard.

    So, yes, some of you Type 1's maybe disappointed that not more info was done on " our " type of diabetes, but as we've always known, we are a small majority. In the 60's/70's when I was diagnosed Type 1 was only about 1% of the diabetic population - now it's 10% - crikey.


    Just a footnote - the video link above of Laureen may not be for the faint of heart.  I know I found it very difficult to watch as Dr. Oz removed her bandages ... BUT ... it might  jolt you into realising how serious diabetes is and how if left uncontrolled can lead to life threatening conclusions.  

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  • By: : Feb, 17, 2010 16:02 PM

    The tone of the Oprah show is serious - and potentially frightening to those of us Type I's (and II's) that seriously believe that you can beat complications with tight control.  I did get a bit emotional upon seeing the symptoms of poor blood sugar control in Maureen (the nurse).  But after all, this is reality.  Some of us will have good control - and develop complications.  Others with good control won't have any.  Conversely, those with poor control may not develop complications and those same people may develop them.  There is no guarantee.

    Therefore, I believe focus should be on WHAT TO DO - and not on 

    WHAT CAN HAPPEN.  Although, scaring people can get them to "take action", this approach has questionable effects. 

    By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 11, 2010 14:48 PM

    Hi/Bonjour Katie!

    I've been asked by a few people who reside in other areas of the world that also don't get the Oprah show (or as a Belgium friend of mine told me, they are 2 years behind) how they can go about watching the show online. Here's two ways of seeing it -

    By: : Feb, 11, 2010 11:56 AM

    We don't get Oprah here, but it's good to know there is some awareness being promoted on day-time telly.  I talked to an older cousin when in the US last time, she is a Type 2 for the last few years - and had no clue what a Type 1 was other than that was what her older brother had died from 50 years ago.....

    Thanks for the reminder that keeping the blood sugar under control is more important than just having good numbers....

    By: : Feb, 11, 2010 10:25 AM

    Anna, Diabetic_Iz_Me,

    What a moving and sad story.   Thanks for sharing it.   Foot, Leg, and WoundCare is a huge issue obviously for PWD.   As an important FYI, we've been fortunate here at Diabetes1 to involve two of the top clinicians in the world on care of feet and legs for PWD, Dr. Michael Edmonds of the UK: http://www.diabetes1.org/Hero/Dr_Michael_E_Edmonds and Dr. Peter Sheehan of NYC: http://www.diabetes1.org/Hero/Dr_Peter_Sheehan .   You might be interested in reading our interviews with them.    

    We are likely going to interview a third world expert on limb salvage in diabetes.   I've had the pleasure of speaking with him recently.   Anything that you specifically think we should ask any of these experts in order to help better empower PWD? Thanks,   Chris M, Body1

    By: Diabetic_Iz_Me: Feb, 11, 2010 01:09 AM


    Great post! I still haven't watched the Oprah show.  I think I might have to break down and watch it.  There are a lot of point a views around the diabetic online community.  I Really enjoyed reading your post.  

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