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Thread: Are you a diabetic or someone in your family?

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    I was wondering if any of the members here are diabetics?

    My husband was a diabetic since 4th grade. In 1989 both kidneys shut down and was on home dialysis. On September 18, 1990 he got a new kidney and pancreas transplant and no longer a diabetic.

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    type 2, hypothyroid, fibro, and a few other odds and ends..

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    My son is insulin dependent.since age 12 now 37 and on dialysis. Husband on pills. If I talk about the disease to much I will go off on a tangent. IMHO there should have been a cure for this years ago.

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    have you looked into your son getting a kidney and pancreas transplant? my hubby did in 1990 and no longer on dialysis and no longer a diabetic

    Quote Originally Posted by bkb
    My son is insulin dependent.since age 12 now 37 and on dialysis. Husband on pills. If I talk about the disease to much I will go off on a tangent. IMHO there should have been a cure for this years ago.

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    DH has been diabetic for about 10 years. He figured pills would fix it, so didn't do much about his diet. Now he's on insulin and is suffering from neuropathy and other problems. Mostly he just feels awful all the time. But he's finally getting smarter about what he eats. Horrible disease--I agree, why haven't we cured this yet???

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    My husband is a Type-II Diabetic also. Takes insulin now, and at age 49 it frightens me to think he may end up on dialysis some day. It's a scary disease and yes, we need a cure. How does everyone else cope with this?

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    My husband is diabetic. Has been since early 80's. He has been insulin dependent since late 90's. He has always been very good about his diet. We use NO white sugar, and use splenda. When this happens it is a new way of life and you must adapt. He is doing very well, no complications related to the diabetes.
    It certainly takes alot of will power.

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    I am diabetic, have been since age 18. Started insulin in 1992. When they started the diabetic pills, my docs have insisted I take them, along with insulin. All I know is, since taking the pills (and I tried EVERY ONE) along with insulin, I have gained 100 pounds. While I was only on insulin, I took only 8 units a day. Now I take 140. I take metformin and hate it. It is awful to my digestive system. Actos created Congestive Heart Failure. Rezulin damaged my liver. Now I have Chronic Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Fatty Liver Disease, and severe neuropathy. I also have Peripheral Vascular Disease and now a clotting disorder. I have Deep Vein Thrombosis. All of this is caused by diabetes and crazy blood sugars. This last November I survived 30 pulmonary embolisms and one saddle embolism (sudden death embolism). My right leg has been impaired by the blood clot: they can't find a pulse in my right foot without a doppler.

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    I was diagnosed diabetic at one time. I had problems with it a few times since. But haven't had any problems for several years. I stopped having problems when I stopped taking care of difficult kids in foster care/adoption. I do have kidney failure and am on dialysis. BUT NOT BECAUSE OF DIABETES. I lost one kidney to blood clotts in 1989, and one to an allergic reaction to antibiotics in 2006

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    My DH is Type II diabetic. He is very careful about what he eats. Takes two insulin injections per day. So far, other than occasional erratic readings, he is doing well at 69 yo.

    I'm pre-diabetic. No meds. Just check my blood sugar once a day and watch the ol' diet. Should be exercising more...my bad. Also have low thyroid and am cancer free for almost 2 years!

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