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Posted: Apr 27, 2013
Hmm, should I have eaten that piece of bubble gum that my BFF Wendy pulled off the road when I was about 6 years old?  I remember watching her pull out little rocks - and wondering - yuck - as she stuck into her mouth (she really enjoyed chomping on that piece of "who knows where it had been before" wad of pink sticky goo with the odd bit of rocks).  Even at that age - I knew it was not the right thing to do - and luckily for me - I never followed her example.  Last time thing I heard about her - about 20 years ago - she was working as an airline attendant - with a tan that screamed tanning bed whore (and I worked in the tanning place she came too - ouch!).
So, why am I talking about eating crap off a road - it is full of gems - who knows what you could get from it!  I mean, yuck, the person before might have had some sort of disease.  Well, according to some researchers - the reason for Type 1 diabetes becoming more frequent (and increasing 3% annually over the past 10 years) has something to do about residing in a rich nation along with less exposure to infectious diseases aka pathogens.  Are we living in too clean a world?

Some of the theory's are that we humans are supposed to be dirty - that we are over protected.  Yeah - I can vouch for that with seeing my Mum friends - constant cleaning of door knobs with Lysol, or not allowing their child to pick up a a penny from the dirt - DON'T TOUCH THAT!!!   If we don't build up immunity - how can we fight off the even more nasty things that attack us that are worse than whatever you might have contracted from a previously chewed by someone else piece of gum off a hot sticky summer road?  Hmmm, maybe I should of partaken in the chewing routine with Wendy now ....

With Type 1 diabetes - our immune system somehow gets mixed up - and decides that healthy beta cells are just as bad as the evil cells that invade our body.  This then causes our pancreas to become destroyed - or at least that's how I - as a nonmedical person has come to understand why I got diabetes.  According to the the report from Medical News Today (see link below) - young children don't develop the proper antibodies due to being too clinically clean.  They state that by being this way - that we don't build up immunity with the help of germs that build up our resistance to fighting off even more evil things that may come our way later in life. The one good thing though is that Swedish scientists have managed to stop the immune system from destroying beta cells in animal experiments.  

To read more about other factors/theories that are linked to the uprise of Type 1 diabetes you can check it out at Medical News Today.  

NOTE:  Prior to getting diabetes as a child - I had chickenpox - what a load of itchy/scratchy fun .  There has always been a theory that having an infectious disease can sometimes lead to Type 1 diabetes (I've spoken to others that have mumps or measles - and they became diagnosed later).   Now, if that's the case - than doesn't this scientific report go against what we've thought  perhaps caused us to get diabetes?
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Posted: Oct 19, 2009

Well, I am very fortunate this week to be attending the congress here in Montreal.  Luckily I was able to get a volunteer position with IDF and I am having such an amazing time!  So much so, that I'm not looking forward to seeing this all end on Thursday as I've never felt so connected to people that know what diabetes is all about.  It's truly an amazing experience for me, and something I doubt I will ever forget (anyone want to sponsor me for the 2011 IDF Diabetes World Congress taking place in Dubai?)

I have met up with one other diabetic that has had diabetes longer then myself (50 years compared to my 41) and we've been exchanging how we deal with our disease.  Along with doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field, it's been an amazing experience so far.  Learning how they deal with diabetic patients and they have been learning about my experiences with diabetes over the years since I was diagnosed in 1968. Along with learning how they deal with diabetic patients in their areas of expertise, makes me still kick myself, wishing I'd continued on with my education instead of the university of life!  As Dr. Enrique José Medina Sandino, President of the Fundación Nicaraguense para la Diabetes in Nicaragua pointed out to me, I am doing fine at what I do in helping people via Diabetes1.org and other websites that I frequent on the world wide web.

What I'm finding abit sad about this congress is that regular folks like myself that are interested in taking care of our health can't really attend this conference.  It's a very expensive thing to do, even for a day pass.  If more people like myself, not in the professional field were able to attend at a reasonable rate, then the world would be their oyster, in obtaining information to make their lives better with this disease. I just know at this point in time, and this is only the 2nd of 5 days for me, that I am emotionally effected, in a good way, of what I am taking in.   This is my first diabetic related event I've ever been to in my life, and I am just overwhelmed by it.  Hard to put in words, but I just know that I will end up with a few friendships that will hopefully last awhile along with many valuable new ideas in my approach to dealing with diabetes!

A couple of guys that have been a delight to meet are Jim and Richard from California. They are part of the Desert Dingo Racing offroad race team, driving a Class 11 (Stock VW).  This little reeved up engine of a beauty (shook the windows abit in the hall before the battery was disconnected) is the official World Diabetes Day race car. Richard has had diabetes for I believe 13 years now due to  contact with Agent Orange during his years in Vietnam, and we talked about the ups and downs of dealing with diabetes. He is actually grateful that diabetes is all he has experienced from his exposure to this substance, others have suffered worse consequences and death, sigh.  Anyway, it has been great to shoot the breeze with someone that knows what diabetes is all about!  I'm planning on showing them some better places to eat that won't blow our carb count out of this world and also try to encourage them that they need a femme fatale such as myself on the team (they've been invited to Qatar)!  I'll work my charms on them over a good mug of microbrewed beer!

Below is the The World Diabetes Day Official Car.  I got to get strapped into this baby (thanks Jim - you know how to strap up a gal fine for safety reasons) !  Too bad the battery was disengaged - otherwise - I would have taken it out for a spin! Whoo! Whoo!

Desert Dingo

Well, that's about it for now,  I'm knackered, but I'll be back when I can, with more information to share with you all!  Having been on my feet each day from 0700 - 1800 has been something I'm not used to since I'm usually here at my desktop typing out my sponge brain thoughts to you.  I'm having to lower my basal rates on my insulin pump, as I use the stairs to get around the Palais du Congress where  the congress is being held as I'm experiencing a few hypos.  I'm prepared for them - as the rest of the IDF volunteer team mates are as well as they are all in the medical profession and have knowledge of diabetes - though I am teaching them a few new tricks that work for myself.  I should be in shape for the 5K Walk/Run on Thursday - still working on a room to stay in for the night before - so I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the 0645 event!

 

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