Type 1 diabetes results in drastic reduction
in quality of life and life span ...

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... under the *best* of circumstances.

Under the *worst* of circumstances, it results
in death, or serious handicap, early in life, or
in the prime of life, or prematurely in mid to late
middle age.

Social security? Not much help for those who
die an average of 15 years prematurely, before
retirement age.

In any case, persons who have it must deal
with it, and persons close to persons who have
it have a variable by which they can either

1) decline to accept any responsibility, leaving
the type 1 victim on their own to deal with the
disease, a rather cold-hearted approach, but
one which many adopt

2) accept a begrudging degree of responsibility
dealing with the disease by guilt-tripping the
type 1 victim, berating and scolding them and
harping at them to be diabetes-obsessed,
and making certain that the type 1 victim is
made aware that any blood sugar level not
near normal is the type 1 victim's fault

3) attempt to be one with the type 1 victim, being
fully aware that perfection is, while a noble goal,
not a realistic one, and knowing that helping
and empathizing with the type 1 victim, creating
bridges and understanding, treating them with
respect and admiration, loving them, caring
about them, honoring their individual aspirations,
that is the ideal by which the best can be made
out of a situation which, short of a cure, is some-
what akin to a living nightmare ...

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type 1 diabetes
http://www.isletfoundation.org/cause/type_I.asp

Complete article:

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease
that occurs, in most cases, during childhood,
when T cells attack and destroy the islet cells
in the pancreas that produce insulin.

Without the ability to produce insulin, a person
cannot properly metabolize glucose.

The risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes is
higher than all other severe chronic childhood
diseases.

It can occur at any age, but is most commonly
diagnosed before the age of 20.

The disease requires daily insulin injections,
is difficult to manage, carries the constant
threat of devastating complications including
blindness, kidney disease, heart disease,
stroke, nervous system disease, high blood
pressure, dental disease, and skin disorders.

It also usually results in a drastic reduction
of quality of life and shortening of the average
life span.

Approximately one in every 400-500 children
and adolescents have Type 1 Diabetes (or
151,000 people less than 20 years of age).

A total of 1.7 million Americans have Type 1
Diabetes.

More than 13 million Americans have been
diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
and there are an additional 5.2 million Amer-
icans who are undiagnosed.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death
for Americans.

The financial impact of treating diabetes, in
all it forms, accounts for $132 billion annually
in health care and lost productivity costs in
the U.S.

Insulin is not a cure.

While insulin allows a diabetic to survive, the
effects of managing blood glucose levels
can lead to many consequences.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the islet
cells that is essential to the regulation of
carbohydrate and fat metabolism.

Excess insulin drives blood glucose levels
too low, which can lead to a dramatic reac-
tion that may include confusion, loss of
consciousness, coma and even death.

When the body does not receive enough
insulin, the blood glucose levels rise, which
causes damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves,
heart and blood vessels.

Achieving near normal blood glucose levels
is difficult to maintain.

A cure must restore the individual's ability to
adjust insulin production second-by-second
just as was done by their body prior to dia-
betes.

The body must be able to produce insulin
properly to match fluctuations in food con-
sumption, physical activity, stress, and other
illnesses.

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(another post on the topic)

One's attitude regarding oneself is an
outcome of many factors, including life
experiences, genetics, life conditions
and situations, social/cultural influences,
interactions with individuals and entities
closely tied to one's welfare, and others.

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http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/women/
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Excerpts:

...

The rate of death among girls with type 1
diabetes is nearly 5 times greater than the
general population of girls aged 10-17 years.

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Death rates for women aged 25-44 years
with diabetes are more than 3 times the
rate for women without diabetes.

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http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/estimates.htm
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Excerpts:

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Overall, the risk for death among people with
diabetes is about 2 times that of people without
diabetes.

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The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among
people with diabetes.

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Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of
blindness among adults aged 20-74 years.

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Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal
(kidney) disease, accounting for 44 percent of
new cases.

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About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have
mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.

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More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb ampu-
tations occur among people with diabetes.

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People with diabetes are more susceptible to
many other illnesses and, once they acquire
these illnesses, often have worse prognoses.
For example, they are more likely to die with
pneumonia or influenza than people who do not
have diabetes.

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http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/diabetes-management.html
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Excerpt:

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People with diabetes suffer from depression
at a rate that is two-to-four times higher than
the general population.

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(a third post on the topic)

Type 1 diabetes is a natural conse-
quence of life in a world far removed
from the religious presumption that
just by asking a deity for things, they
happen.

Type 1 diabetes?

Ask a God for a cure, next time you
feel inclined, and get back to me on
how good / God-worthy that request
turns out to be.

What's that, God doesn't exist?

Not to worry, I knew that already.

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