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Quite a bummer and a reminder that Diabetes - whether it be Type 1 or Type 2 can kill you. Last week my co-worker's nephew (37 years old) died of a hypo. Didn't know him but his story was very sad. Than last Friday I was talking to a guy who had just retired - a 54 year old Type 1 diabetic and I found out yesterday that he died on the weekend from a massive heart attack.

Certainly a reminder that diabetes should not be taken lightly!
 

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This stuff can be really scary. At 40 I had 5 heart bypasses. I have been diagnosed with diabetes for almost 20 years now. I have only half-heartedly tried to deal with it. Or rather the insulin was so expensive that I rationed it perhaps unwisely to save money.

years into the game I discovered the cheaper stuff at Walmart and have learned to live with it. But my numbers of never been that good.

My younger sister passed away from brain cancer at 45 two weeks ago. I was supposed to fly out to Arizona and attend her funeral. But I suddenly had a lot of pain in my lower abdomen. The skin on my hands began to flake and my feet began to swell. The skin on the bottom of my feet died as well. About the time I was going to fly out to Arizona a massive lump appeared on my belly. It turned out to be a cyst and it drained for 8 days. And now I have tingling in my face in the skin on my hands hasn't returned to normal. My feet feel strange.

Now I'm pretty much just really scared. I laughed most of the way through the heart bypass or deal. But now dying doesn't seem so funny.

I'm not afraid of what comes after. But it terrifies me to leave my jobs undone.

I had begun doing the intermittent fasting and my blood sugar was within a decent range without taking insulin. but it seems that without the injected insulin that no insulin was getting through the resistance that my type 2 diabetes. Or I have stopped making it. The stuff is dangerous and should be taken seriously and carefully.
 

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Diabetes is a very serious, life threatening disease. Type 1 can kill you very quickly. Death from Type 2 complications kills you slowly.

I understand really scared. I had quad bypass surgery 5 years ago. I went in for a heart calcium scan because heart disease could be a result of diabetes. It was recommended by a friend, who is also Type 2. I had no known heart issues or symptoms. I was very active. I opted to see a cardiologist after my CT scan showed some calcium deposits. I didn't have to, but I did. After my initial visit, I was scheduled for a stress test. I thought that I did good on it. I wasn't told why, but after that I was scheduled to come in for a heart cath. He didn't say why, I didn't ask, I just assumed it was because of the calcium. I rode my bike 122 miles the week of my heart cath, 35 miles the day or two before. After my heart cath I was told I had 4 arteries with blockage and none of them could be stented. I had no idea that I had any issues. He recommended I go straight to the heart hospital, that was a Friday afternoon, they did the surgery Monday morning. Oh, and my visit back with my surgeon, 30 days post op, I found out that my blockages had nothing to do with what was showing on the CT scan. Calcium is a hard deposit, that can be inside or outside, my blockages were all soft deposits. Talking about about a blind sow finding an acorn.

I got very serious about my health after that. I have learned that it is in our best interest to learn as much as we can about this. We are, after all, our own best health advocates. I don't know how much damage we can withstand and be able to heal, but it is never to late to stop the damage that we manage to do to ourselves.

I know personally one Type 1 who has died prematurely because he didn't take his diabetes seriously and didn't take care of himself. I had an uncle with Type 2 diabetes that died of gangrene from an infected foot that should have been amputated way before it killed him.
 
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