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Can Type 1 Diabetes Be Prevented?

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My friend Jay was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 40. This is unusual; type 1 is usually diagnosed in children, and was once called juvenile onset diabetes. Patients such as Jay demonstrate that it can develop at any age.

Adults are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, which is characterized by insulin resistance of cells throughout the body. The pancreas is still able to produce insulin, and may actually produce higher than normal amounts. But the body is not able to use insulin effectively to control blood sugar, so the symptoms produce the appearance of too little insulin. At first Jay's doctor prescribed pills to enhance his ability to use insulin, assuming that he also had type 2 diabetes. They didn't work. Jay carefully monitored his diet and blood sugar, exercised, and lost weight, all without success. His pancreas had stopped producing insulin. The correct treatment for type 1 diabetes is insulin replacement. Jay now uses an injector, which is less painful than ordinary needles.

A study in Finland showed that type 1 diabetes can be predicted up to 20 years before symptoms develop. The researchers started with 3,475 non-diabetic subjects aged 3 to 18 years. They tested each subject for GAD antibodies and islet antigen-2 antibodies, which are markers of the autoimmune process that destroys the insulin-producing pancreas cells. Six years later, the researchers retested 2,375 of the subjects. All subjects were observed for 27 years (1980 to 2007). Eighteen developed type 1 diabetes during this observation period, and all of these were identified by a positive test for one or both antibodies.

Not everyone who had a positive antibody test went on to develop diabetes, but the correlation was very strong. Of the individuals who tested positive for one antibody, 60 percent developed diabetes within 0.9 to 20.3 years. Seven of the subjects tested positive for both antibodies, and 100 percent of them developed diabetes.

With such advanced warning, there is hope that the autoimmune process can be stopped before type 1 diabetes develops.

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Hello Lynda,

Last year, I had a brief scare with Type-1 diabetes. Afterwards, I conducted extensive research about the rise of the disease amongst our youth. Multiple diabetic studies clearly indicate a direct relationship between the rise in juvenile (type 1 diabetes), High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS - a chemical added to extend the shelf life of food.) and hormone-injected cow's milk.

Can Type 1 Be Prevented? Yes! How?
1 - Stop the intake of any food containing HFCS.
2 - Replace hormone injected cows milk with organic milk.
3 - Flood the body with raw organic green vegetables 2-3 times a day (eat in salads, or blend a green smoothie.)
4 - Gymnema herb/vitamin --in recent studies is proving to help repair damaged pancreatic islet cells--previous thought impossible

By quick action and following a 50% organic vegetable, all organic diet with each meal, you and your children may prevent and avoid a type 1 prognosis all together.

I am an Instructional Designer/Flash Programmer by profession. To help combat the fat food culture being pushed onto our young children, I created the first series of a children books called Run Tippy Run - Draw Me Healthy. This series of children books, will attempt to introduce a green diet concept to young children and hopefully motivate them to question their food choices and sources. 

Kids can read the entire book free posted here...

October 21, 2010 - 7:51pm
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