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A cure is close, but action is required

With President Bush's recent veto concerning stem cell research funding, hope for finding quick cures to many devastating diseases has dimmed in this country. However, there is still a bright spot on the horizon for sufferers of juvenile diabetes.

Unlike type 2, or adult onset diabetes, juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease that only strikes children and young adults, and it can't be managed simply by changing eating and exercise habits. Also called "insulin-dependent" diabetes, the Type 1 version involves the complete shutdown of the pancreas, the body's natural insulin-producing organ. Without insulin, we can't process the food we eat. Blood sugars quickly climb to toxic levels while the body essentially starves.

Insulin injections provide life support to millions of Americans -- including my son -- but they aren't a cure. It's a daily game of "whack-a-mole" with life or death consequences, as sufferers alternately treat high and low blood sugar levels by administering insulin or carbohydrates. Over the long haul, diabetes takes its toll on the body, affecting the eyes, liver, heart, circulatory system, etc. It's not a pretty picture.

Luckily, through efforts of single-minded organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the likelihood of finding a cure during my child's lifetime is extremely high. Several promising therapies are coming closer to fruition -- from a "closed-loop" artificial pancreas that senses insulin needs and dispenses the hormone without human interaction, to targeted transplants of insulin-producing islet cells without the need for dangerous anti-rejection drugs.

The House and Senate have caught the excitement from their constituents over the closeness of a cure. In a rare show of bipartisan support, Senators Dorgan (D-ND) and Domenici (R-NM) have introduced a bill to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program. This past week, Representatives DeGette (D-CO) and Kildee (D-MI) introduced the House companion bill. These bills will extend the Special Diabetes Program for five years and increase funding from $150 million per year for type 1 diabetes research to $200 million per year.

Despite the tremendous support for the bill, JDRF is urging voters to contact their representatives this week to ask for their vote in favor of S.1494 in the Senate and H.R. 2762 in the House. To make it easy, JDRF has set up a Web page that will automatically e-mail your legislators and ask for their vote. It takes only a minute, and could help millions lead longer, healthier and happier lives.

To learn more about our family's efforts to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes, please visit or watch the video.

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Dr Bernstein Has A Fix
By Butterbean on 6/29/2007 11:00:56 PM , Rating: 1
Here is a great book by a type 1 diabetic who is a doctor and used diet to heal himself. Diabetes is a looming disaster that never had to happen. Luckily you can do more than you get told:

RE: Dr Bernstein Has A Fix
By rbuszka on 7/2/2007 10:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
Independently verified by reputable authorities? Hm. I thought not. If this method really were a viable means of treating diabetes, we would hear about it on the six-o'-clock news, not just on a web site maintained by a salesman and cruel liar.

RE: Dr Bernstein Has A Fix
By HotdogIT on 7/3/2007 10:24:55 AM , Rating: 2

You mean he exercised and ate less carbs, and therefore had to take less insulin? Well punch me in my non-functioning pancreas and color me surprised!

You can't "control" diabetes through exercise and diet, I'm sorry, you simply can't. It's not type 2 we're talking about here for Christ's sake, it's the fact type 1s, myself included, don't make any fracking (lol Battlestar, I win @ life) insulin.

I love this quote, from that website:

What is extraordinary is that the major institutions, such as the British Diabetic Association, are still advocating the high carbohydrate/low fat diet approach to diabetes, despite the growing evidence from yourself and other sources that such a diet is harmful!


What type 1 doesn't know that carbs raise blood sugars? Honestly, are there ANY out there being told to "eat a lot of bread and stay away from meat"?

You eat, you bolus, you live. You eat less carb, you bolus less. You want to bolus less, you eat less carb. But guess what kids: You're still taking insulin.

I got myself angry. I best go check my BGs now.

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