Letters to the Editor

June 2005

Jun 1, 2005

Thanks for Supporting Diabetes Camps

I read with great pride the article by Art Sesnovich in the April 2005 issue of Diabetes Health (“Residential Programs Get Newly Diagnosed Kids Off to a Good Start”).

Way back in the ’60s, after being diagnosed with type 1, I was ever so lucky to be a camper and continued for each subsequent summer until I was old enough to be a counselor. The gift that Barton gives to children newly diagnosed with diabetes is one that lasts a lifetime and makes such a huge difference for those of us who, prior to attending, had no exposure to others with the same chronic illness.

To this day, at age 53, I well remember my first times there with a smile. I strongly encourage any parent of a newly diagnosed child to get them to either the Clara Barton or E. P. Joslin (for boys) camp. It will change all of your lives for the better and help your child learn to live a full life with diabetes.

Forever a Barton girl,

Karen Bourgeois Wheelock
Colchester, Vermont

Gastric Bypass Surgery Did Not Prevent Reader’s Type 2

Your article on gastric bypass surgery (“Gastric Bypass: Is It Right for You?”, April 2005) was interesting. However, its long-term effects on diabetes were not included.

I had the surgery almost 25 years ago, when I weighed almost 350 pounds. I did not have diabetes at the time. The surgery did help some in losing weight, for a couple of years. Then the weight started going back up. After regaining quite a bit of weight, I started trying to use more restraint in my eating. Over the years since, I have lost weight again. Presently, I am 150 pounds less than I was 25 years ago.

About four years ago, however, I developed diabetes. So I’m wondering just how much of an effect the surgery has in the long run. I guess that I probably would have developed diabetes sooner without the surgery, but I’m not sure about that.

Carolynn Benson
Oradell, New Jersey

Cover Celebs Need to Join the 21st Century

I am a certified diabetes educator and mother of a type 1 college student on an insulin pump. I am amazed at your recent featured stories on celebrities Wilford Brimley, Victor Garber and Dan Stephens. All of them are on regimens of NPH and Regular insulin. Are they not aware that there are newer insulins that probably would be of great benefit to them, given their extremely active lifestyles?

I am thankful that the practice I work for is progressive, but I am surprised that such well known, wealthy people do not have the benefit of a progressive endocrinologist who would prescribe medication to make their lives more flexible and probably more in control.

Cindy Tornes, RN, CDE
Rochester, New York

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