Today will be the last post I’ll be making on the blog. I will continue publishing stories on the ABC Open web site www.open.abc.net.au when I have an opportunity, but the blog stories have run their course.
One of the reasons for taking that decision is that, when I was considering the topic of today’s story, I realised that I have recently published two stories twice. You might wonder what the significance of this is. For a start I don’t want to be wasting people’s time. Secondly it’s an indication to me that I have reached the limit of what I can do with the blog. Why? Well, if you refer to my latest story on the ABC Open web site, you will see that many years ago I spent time in intensive care in hospital after a near-death, low blood glucose episode. That near death experience left me with memory problems that plague me to this day. And trying to stay imaginative and creative with the blog posts, in order not to waste people’s time, has obviously reached my memory’s limit. Interestingly, that happens to be one of the extreme possible consequences of living with type 1 diabetes.
So I will finish by listing what I see as the most important points regarding type 1 diabetes. Keep in mind that the purpose of the blog has always been focussed at people who don’t know much about type 1 diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are different illnesses with similar symptoms. They are NOT the same illness and do NOT have the same causes
- Type 2 diabetes constitutes more than 90% of all cases of diabetes
- Due to this, when the media make reference to “diabetes”, they are almost always talking about type 2 diabetes
- Some of the possible causes of type 2 diabetes are often referred to as “life style” related. These include diet choices, exercise etc. None of the causes of type 1 diabetes are ever life style related
- Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease. Nothing can be done to prevent it and, currently, nothing can be done to cure it
- 100 years ago, a person who developed type 1 diabetes had only months to live, no matter what their age was when they developed it
- Insulin is not a “medicine”; it is a naturally occurring hormone that the body of the type 1 diabetic no longer produces. It is through the brilliance of modern science and medicine that modern insulin is produced to keep 30 million type 1 diabetics alive world wide
- The unawareness that the general public has regarding type 1 diabetes is getting more pronounced, not less. This is even extending into the medical field. This may be due to the rampant and growing prevalence of type 2 diabetes and the huge cost that it is imposing on the community
I will be keeping the blog site open so people can still send the link to people who might benefit from reading a little about what we live with.
Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are different illnesses with similar symptoms