Bionic Pancreas… iLet… A “Cure” By Any Other Name…

Originally posted on theperfectd™:

i1The team from Bionic Pancreas is asking everyone to spread the news… and I’m happy to do so.

I believe in the work they are doing and they are the horse (OK, the artificial pancreas system) I am backing until there is a biological cure. I know my body and I know that I need the glucagon portion of this system to keep my blood glucose levels in range.

I’ve donated before and I will again to this…And I’d love for you to read on and hear what they’re doing. We’re so close. And you can help.

From The Bionic Pancreas Team:

Exciting innovative work is being done at Boston University that is focused on profoundly improving outcomes in type 1 diabetes and substantially reducing the burden of diabetes management. Ed Damiano and his team have developed the one and only fully integrated, fully automated bihormonal bionic pancreas. They…

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That moment when….

That moment when…..

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That moment when….

….you take enough insulin to cover your entire dinner full of carbohydrates because you measured and/or scanned bar codes for exactly what you were eating using either your food scale and/or your LoseIt! ( app on your SmartPhone and you test your blood sugar 2 hours after eating and receive this:

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Merry Christmas

Wishing a Joyous Noel to all!

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I have an issue with Thanksgiving Day. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe we should give thanks for everything we have, spend time with our family and friends, and thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on all of us, and the freedoms we have. However, I hate Thanksgiving food! As a diabetic, it’s about the worst holiday to even try to remotely eat healthy. Certain members of my family are the “meat and potatoes” type of people so the mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and stuffing MUST be served because we have to make people happy! But here’s why, as a diabetic, I don’t like Thanksgiving:

Mashed Potatoes: 1 cup = 35g of carbs
Stuffing: 1 cup = 44g of carbs
Pumpkin Pie: 1 slice = 41g of carbs
Sweet Potato: 1 medium-sized = 24g of carbs
Brown & Serve Dinner Roll: 1 = 13g of carbs

Grand Total: 157g of carbs and that’s if I only eat the serving size listed above! This isn’t even including all of the “hidden” carbs and additional food items that are on the table. This simply diagrams the basics. Don’t forget the cranberry, soup, vegetables, etc (whatever you and yours decides to cook). This is 157g of carbs for 1 meal! That’s approximately 5 meals worth of carbohydrates!

Every year I ask for healthier alternatives and every year I hear: “Well, what about X, what about Y, what about Z? And you know A, B, and C won’t eat that!”

Sigh, the exclusion continues…

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Today marks 22 years since my Type 1 diagnosis.  Happy Dia-versary to me!  Here’s to the next 22. 

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I’ve been so busy that I realized I haven’t posted in quite a while and not on my regular 2 week timeframe (I’m working on getting that back to normal).

Happy Belated Halloween! With that being said, I became really annoyed this year (although I think I am annoyed by this every year…) in regards to all the “treats” that naturally appear with this holiday.

It’s comments such as:

“Oh, I’m going to go into Diabetic Shock/Coma if I eat too much of this”
“If this doesn’t cause diabetes, I don’t know what will”
“I brought my Diabetic Cake” (because there’s “so much sugar in this recipe”)
“Can you eat that?”
And many, many more…

I heard these comments all last week by people I know (friends, family, coworkers), and even on TV. For some reason, I find the comments on TV the most ridiculous, however. My belief with TV is that they should have a consultant that works with the writing team. They do for medical shows, military shows, police dramas, so it’d be in their best interests to have one available to be accurate. I know that TV is not “real life” and that they are telling stories, whether drama or comedy. However, when most people in today’s world rely on the media and other technological outlets to receive their news and brief escape from reality, they should at least be hearing the TRUTH!

Eating too much candy/sweets/desserts does NOT cause diabetes! YOU, if you’re NOT diabetic, CANNOT go into Diabetic Shock/Coma if you eat too much of it! You might have a sick stomach, though! A Type 1 diabetic, like myself, just needs to take a few extra units of insulin and I can eat that “diabetic cake”. Could I go into a diabetic coma? Yes, because I have been. But it definitely is not because I ate something loaded with sugar. So, yes, I can eat that! Educate yourself and maybe next time you will think about that comment before you say it!

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