How to recovary from Diabetes ?

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Hi , i am suffering from diabetes type 1 0ver 8 years . How to i can recover from diabetes ? My mother also a diabetes patient.

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    Dear sm33927,

    If you're talking about being cured of diabetes, I'm afraid that at this point in time there is NO permanent cure available.  There ARE such things as pancreas transplants and islet cell transplants, but neither of these have lived up to their expectation of "curing" the diabetes permanently.  (Within a few years the recipient, in the majority of cases, has had to return to giving insulin injections.  Because they are implants the recipient also needs to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their life, which adds a very real risk ... this is due to the anti-rejection drugs lowering immunity, so their body is even less able to fight off any sort of infection.)

    Don't give up hope yet though.  There's work being done encapsulating islet cells ... 'wrapping' them up in something that won't allow your body's own immune system from destroying them, and POSSIBLY not having to take anti-rejection drugs to prevent their destruction.  There's also research going on with stem cells which, if successful, will allow the formation of new beta cells ... the insulin-producing cells of your pancreas.

    Be well, sm33927.

    Lots of Love and Light.

     Mick

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    P.S. Please don't be offended, or alarmed, at the 'x's'.  It's merely a logo, of sorts, that I've used for some 30-odd years now.

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      Hi mick, I have to say I amazed at your breadth of knowledge. I seem to remember in one of your other posts you are not medically qualified so where you find out all this stuff? You will be pleased to,know that I am much better now, although my bllood sugars are still ot as low as they should be (18.7 now compared to 30.4 on New Years Eve). An additional medication plus on Friday it was doubled is heing very slowly.

      gill

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    Hi gill70346,

    Thank you for stating that you're amazed at my breadth of knowledge.  You are right, ma'am, I am NOT medically qualified, it's just that since I was diagnosed as a type 1 some 30-odd years ago I've tried to keep up-to-date with what's happening in the world of diabetes.

    Up until recently ... this last week, in fact ... I used to spend almost all of my time responding to questions about diabetes on Yahoo! Answers.  Over this last week, however, I've joined up to offer advice on dementia of various types (that's organic brain failure if you're not aware, where people tend to lose their cognitive (thought processing) abilities.)  I used to be employed as a specialist social worker for elderly, mentally infirm clients ... that's people suffering with the various types of dementia that I mentioned.  I'm, literally, answering questions from the time I switch on my computer until I go to bed, which tends to be around 3 or 4 AM each morning.

    My name was put forward for islet cell transplantation, that's where they remove the islet cells (beta cells) of two or three deceased donors and inject them into the liver of the recipient, when it was still in it's very early stages of experimentation in the UK.  I had to travel from the West Midlands to London as there were only six places in the UK where the 'surgery' was being performed.  It was a long, drawn out procedure as recipients needed to undergo psychological counselling due to there being rather great risks involved when taking anti-rejection drugs.  In the end I was, unfortunately, not selected due to the fact that I've already developed many diabetes-related complications.  (They needed to be able to show how good the end results could be in order for them to gain further financing.)

    I consider myself lucky in that I have an exceptional endocrinologist who 'keeps me in the loop' with new developments that are occurring or are being developed.  (It might help that I've 'fixed' several of his computers over previous years, and we have similar interests outside of his medical sphere.  This means that we communicate via email and telephone quite frequently, and he's always forthcoming if I ask him anything.)  My diabetes specialist nurse is also a marvel.  She's also very supportive and I also communicate with her via email with regards to things that are happening in the diabetes world.

    I'm more than pleased that your blood sugar (glucose) levels are coming down, ma'am.  They are, though, still a little high and could do with coming down a bit more.  (Any time your blood sugar levels are higher than about 7.8 mmol/l, damage is slowly being caused to your body's organs, blood vessels, and nerves.  Please don't get me wrong, you're NOT going to suddenly go blind or need to have a foot amputated.  It takes, literally years and years before complications begin to develop.)

    What I would say, my friend, is that you are headed in the right direction with your blood sugar levels, so that is a good thing.

    Be well, gill70346, and keep doing what you're doing.

    Lots of Love and Light.

     Mick

    x x x x

     x x x

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      Hi mick, there is now something else we have in common! I worked with the Alzheimer's society for 10 years as a befriender organiser which means I trained and supported volunteers to befriend carers of people with dementia so that they did not feel so isolated. I have also tutored disability studies and health and social care with the Open University (I am disabled myself as a result of polio)
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