Letters to the Editor

September 2006

Sep 1, 2006

Reader Values Her Privacy

The article on the New York registry for diabetics (“What Value Do You Place on Your Privacy?”, June 2006) really scared me.

That is such a horrible invasion of privacy! One more giant step for Big Brother and a World Government where the old and frail will be killed to make more space and money for the elite!

I am a 66-year-old type 2 on an insulin pump (by my choice) and test 12 to 15 times per day—or more. So does my daughter who has had type 1 for 38 years. Neither of us shows any signs of complications. It can be done. The New York registry is not a solution—it is a crime!

I appreciate this information being printed.

Jacqueline Miller
via Internet

Living With Diabetes Is a Team Process

No, I do not have diabetes, but my fiancé does. It has been a challenge for both him and me to deal with the effects of this disease.

My fiancé has not always taken care of himself, like other members of his family with diabetes, which drove me bonkers. He would eat whatever he wanted and rarely exercised. He was not on any medication, which caused his blood sugar to eventually skyrocket to the insanely high number of 500 mg/dl. This was the point where my head began to spin. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to take care of himself. Did he not care enough about himself or even our future? Questions would run rampant through my mind never finding the answers they were looking for.

After months of battling with him, I felt like the only thing I could do was let go. I knew it was up to him, not me, to monitor and manage his diabetes. Like a drug addict, my fiancé had to admit he had a health problem that needed to be cared for before anything would help.

One day earlier this spring, I mentioned a free diabetes class that was going to start meeting. I thought, why even bother telling him about it. To my surprise, he signed up and asked me to go. We started our class in April and learned some much needed information. Leaving our class one evening, he asked me, “Why did you come with me?” My response was simple: “We’re a team. When I said ‘yes’ when you asked me to marry you, I accepted all of you, for sickness and health. Doing this together is going to be a lot easier than you doing it alone.”

We completed our class, and he slowly became more aware of his diabetes and began making changes. With the knowledge we gained the changing of habits has begun. He now plays golf weekly, plays racquet ball, and when I am lucky he goes for walks with me. He eats better with the occasional downfall.

Being with someone with diabetes is challenging but is not the end of the world. By following the basic principles of diet and exercise, I found I have more energy, less stress and have lost a little weight myself. The most important thing about living with diabetes is to stay positive.

Brittany Watson
via Internet

Lipoic Acid and Cinnamon Pills Did Wonders

I have a friend with diabetes, and his endocrinologist tried different drugs—most with no effect.

Then, about a month ago, my friend went to GNC and purchased lipoic acid and cinnamon pills. In less than a month’s time, his blood sugar dropped from 300 to under 100. So far, he has been able to keep his blood sugar at normal levels with proper diet, cinnamon pills and lipoic acid.

Meanwhile, the endocrinologist is outraged, dismissing this “natural” treatment, and insisting that my friend continue with his prescription drugs.

I think that any diabetes publication needs to report as much as possible about things like cinnamon and lipoic acid. People need to be aware of all of the alternatives, and not just prescription drugs. That’s why I was happy to see your article on lipoic acid.

Jim Guenthner
via Internet

Editor’s note: Thanks, Jim. Diabetes Health has and will continue to cover the benefits (or risks) of taking vitamins, supplements and other alternative forms of therapy, despite the occasional recommendation that we not do so.

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