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Battling Diabetes

Saturday, April 06, 2013

This week I lost yet another family member to Diabetes. My brother Dennis. He was way too young to be taken from us. at just 54 years of age. My whole immediate family suffers or did suffer from Diabetes. I am the only one that has been able to get by as Type 2 on oral meds and I've been able to reduce those meds with diet and exercise.

Dennis had 3 toes amputated to Diabetes. He was prone to infections. He ad Renal Kidney Failure & Congestive Heart Disease. He also had eye problems. I understand he was healthy enough to be put on a wait list to have a Kidney transplant. If I had known this I would have offered to be tested to see if I were a match. It's too late now. I'd do anything to ahve him back right now.

When I was first diagnosed with pre-diabetes is when I should ahve taken that most weriously and done something drastic about it to make changes but I didn't. Yet I am doing everything in my power to progress the disease.

Diabetes can be controlled and reversed with a healthy diet and exercise program. Low carb/high protein, etc. I would love to see a total cure for diabetes.

My point here is: If you have a friend or family member with Diabetes or even pre-Diabetes please encourage them to seek help and don't waste time in taking care of themselves. Diabetes is no fun. It can kill.

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    I'm so sorry you lost Dennis -- I know how much he meant to you.

    And thanks for the noodge -- I'm not taking things seriously lately, & that's not a good thing. I keep saying that I have so much else on my plate that I haven't got the time or energy to pay attention to the diabetes. I'll remember Dennis -- that will maybe help me get my priorities in better shape!

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    1652 days ago
    Sending hugs and love to help you cope with the loss of your brother. I am so glad you continue to take such good care of yourself. One friend with childhood diabetes is 60 years old and thriving still because she watches what she eats and exercises regularly. Another one I lost years ago because she refused to take her medicine or change her bad habits. The thriving one takes good care of herself because she loves being around for her grandkids.
    1652 days ago
    Sorry for your are in my dad has type 2 diabetes also and takes oral meds...he 81.

    1652 days ago
    Like I said before I am so very sorry for your loss. I read you blog and I loved it and "LIKED IT"
    I, and many others had no family history to fall back on. No-one talked about it and I wish they would.
    Your blog was spot on and I think the more people are told about how we can control this killer the better it should be. With food processing and high sugar goodies all around us it is hard to think that there are more people aware of Lung cancer from cigarette smoking than there are educators including Physicians who do not speak out about it. I am thankful you spoke out today. I know how hard lost loved ones hurt us. My mothers death was a ridiculous accident but Diabetes can be controlled. HUGS and much love my dear friend. I appreciated your honesty. Take care I love you DEBS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1652 days ago
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers!
    1653 days ago
  • LINDA!
    My heart breaks for you, Debbie. You have mentioned your brother before and I remember thinking how much you loved him. I am so sorry for your loss. emoticon
    1653 days ago
    emoticon Sorry for your loss. That is why I've made a lifes change regarding food and exercise. I must say this raw food diet is really amazing too because I'm fuller quicker than on cooked foods. Eating foods raw means they have less carbs.
    1653 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. emoticon
    I also continue to pray for a cure!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    1653 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss, and I agree. Diabetes is nothing to fool around with. I know from experience that it can take you apart piece by piece if you're not careful.
    1653 days ago
    So sorry for your loss.....My dh has type 2 diabetes and it has been a long road .My great aunt went into a coma and never came out of it/ I wish there was a cure..
    1654 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so soo true.......
    my sil just started peritoneal dialysis last week...
    wish it wasn't so be we have an epidemic exploding everywhere......
    take care..........blessings and hugs...........lita

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    1654 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are right though diabetes can be helped by diet and exercise. I know from the day I had surgery I haven't had to take any medication and my sugars have been normal at 5.1, however since I haven't been following the correct diet and not exercising it is on it's way back up.

    I have been told that type 1 diabetes is different and doesn't go down like type 2 does. If you have type 2 do what you can to keep it down.
    1654 days ago
    I am sorry for your loss. I do not have diabetes but have known people with the disease. Some have past away. I have a friend who is caring for herself and her husband with the help of visiting nurses. I do not know what type she has. I try to be supportive. I have thyroid problems. I am on a medication for my thyroid. My thyroid does not make enough and I take a pill every morning. I have lost 43 pounds and I am still losing.
    1654 days ago
    Hugs Debbie.
    Yes there is so much that can be done for Type 2 Diabetes and for Type 1 as well.
    Looking after yourself and your loved ones is key.
    My son and I are type 1 diabetics and have other family members who are type 2. It is so serious and the cause of so many other illness's. Control it and you can control so many things.
    Thank you for broaching this subject Debbie.
    So sorry for your loss.

    1654 days ago
    You are SO RIGHT!
    Unfortunately, many people wrongly think that medicine can do miracles and they don't have to be responsible.
    Another one of my pet peeves is those who smoke expecting to magically have no consequences.
    1654 days ago
    I wish more people would take this and other things more seriously.
    1654 days ago
    Diabetes can cause many different problems from feet (neuropathy & loosing digits to gangrene), to heart, liver, and kidney failure. A friend passed away due to uncontrolled diabetes causing kidney failure at the young age of 49. My daughter lost a young friend from hyperglycemia. She was 24. My cousin is going through kidney dialysis and is almost blind. My mother is dealing with COPD and heart problems brought on by diabetes, no doubt. It is very serious, and life threatening, and needs to be actively cared for, and not taken lightly.

    As I said before, Debbie Anne, I am sorry for your loss, and send you my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon
    1654 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    So sorry for your loss.
    1654 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for this blog. My DH has pre-diabetes. Both sides of his family have/had it. We watch the boys like mad, teach them what they should and should not do, etc. It is scary.
    1654 days ago
    I agree- people don't take it very seriously!
    They think- oh, bid deal, I can just take a pill or a shot and continue to eat whatever I want.
    1654 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I know very well the complications from diabetes. Everyone in my dad's family suffers (ed) from it, and my Dad died at 70 from complications. Mine is under very good control, and I work diligently every day to keep it that way.

    Like you, a pray a cure is found soon!
    1654 days ago
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