I have been a member of this website for just a few days but have got a lot out of it already so I would like to just quickly thank all contributers for their input.
I find it hard to understand how when mankind can send people to the moon and make personal portable computers, with the capability of processing data in the blink of an eye that would have taken a whole building full of hardware a week to complete only 15 or 20 years ago, yet medical science cannot tell us exactly why we succumb to this condition. We know there are genetic predispositions and that certain things appear to trigger the immune system response to attack beta cells, but why isn't there a screening process to pre-empt the onset of the condition? With ever better genetic knowledge and knowhow surely family members of sufferers could be genetically screen to see if they are at risk, and if so monitored, that way any physical changes could be noted there by having a better understanding of the process and preventing the condition rather than treating the sufferers (an ounce of prevention is worth a tonne of cure). I am pretty sure that there is a good amount of market forces behind it all, imagine all of the money being made through test strips, machines, medication, specialist nursing staff, doctors, a whole world wide mini economy held up by us. It's kind of like the oil companies buying up alternative fuel ideas and keeping them under wraps so that everyone had to keep buying fuel and protect their profits.
I personally knew when I started, well before my diagnosis because I had an ache in my chest around my diaphragm, the doctor thought it was my liver and asked me if I drank alot, which I don't. After waiting several weeks for an ultrasound scan I was told there was nothing wrong with me, by a very indignant young lady. My doctor sent me for a fasting blood test, which I was informed a few weeks later, was no good because I hadn't fasted, but I had. I was ordered back to the hospital for blood test number 2 and fasted and was told a few weeks later again that the result was no good! I was given yet another form to take to the hospital for yet another blood test, I didn't go, I didn't need to. I knew what was happening, my grandfather had Type 1, my dad was type 2 and an aunt died from type 1, after 1st loosing a foot, then a leg, then her will to live (it was purely self inflicted she disregarded every bit of advice she was ever given).
That's my rant, do you have any insite into why no one is talking about prevention rather than an uncertain cure, or have you heard of any new treatments, apart from the seaweed coated pig cells, where do they get them from, really!!!?
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