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General discussion / Interesting read about hypoglycemia
« Last post by GrammaBear on Today at 05:35:28 PM »
Someone posted the link about hypoglycemia on facebook and while many of us have already absorbed this knowledge, there might be people who have not read it.  I found it interesting.
General discussion / Re: Australian boy given too much insulin
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 05:10:25 PM »
  Gary Scheiner (Think like a pancreas) and John Walsh (Using Insulin) both describe in some detail that insulin doses are related to weight.  Weight also increases IR exponentially, but I cannot say I have really seen weight gain caused by insulin, other than feeding mixed insulin and following the dietitian's advice to build all meals round starchy carbs.  I am sorry Q that you have found yourself in this "Catch 22" situation.  I have found that Metformin has a huge affect on my appetite, reducing it a lot, and since resuming taking it earlier this year I was losing weight nicely.  A Greek holiday will not have helped as bread and potatoes feature large in restaurants, not to mention beer and the odd sticky cocktail.

Q is there any way you could tolerate Metformin if you had the SR version?
General discussion / Re: Tower Block Fire And Aftermath
« Last post by Avocado on Today at 04:38:22 PM »
I remember when Aberfan happened, I was 13 at the time.It was so shocking and so sad. I remember that evening on the six o'clock news that just as the broadcaster was talking about it a CND, or similar, demonstarator came into the studio and interuppted him. I think the demonstator apologised afterwards, they didn't know about the Aberfan disaster because in those days news wasn't quite so instant as it is today, and for many people that six o'clock news was the first they heard about what had happened that mornng at Aberfan.
General discussion / Re: Australian boy given too much insulin
« Last post by Quantum Learning on Today at 04:10:45 PM »
I've put on exactly 2 stone since changing to Toujeo from Levemir without changing my eating habits at all, I still don't get hungry on my VLCHF diet but am feeling increasingly uncomfortable with this weight gain and it is undoubtedly making my IR worse. Am very stressed and depressed about something unrelated but also totally fed up with the high BG's I'm seeing and the increasing amounts of insulin I'm having to inject as I know the IR & weight gain is only going to get worse.  :(
General discussion / Re: Australian boy given too much insulin
« Last post by sedge on Today at 03:36:15 PM »
Well if you cast your mind back (LOL) you may recall that when Adam was a lad and you and I started along this path of chasing our tails in ever decreasing circles - insulin doses always WERE titrated using weight as a major component of the formula.
General discussion / Re: Tower Block Fire And Aftermath
« Last post by sedge on Today at 03:32:30 PM »
I was 16 when that happened - and that was another disaster waiting to happen, that different people had been telling the NCB about for years.

10 years later in 76 we met two Welsh families from Tonyrefail whilst all on holiday in Spain - they all knew some of the families and both blokes despite the fact they weren't anything to do with mining, had gone there and done whatever they could.  Harrowing enough for us at home watching it in stark black and white on TV, very difficult to imagine the scenes in situ.

My dad heard a lot more detail about it at work - he was employed as a pricing clerk at a 'fuel distributor' - AKA a coal etc merchant.  He was extremely upset - and I know very well he didn't tell us anywhere near half of what he knew.

None so blind as those that cannot see.
General discussion / Re: Australian boy given too much insulin
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Today at 01:52:56 PM »
I found my total dose (units per day) went up as I gained weight - peaked at 110kg! Hoiwever once I started losing weightit came down - problem is I seem stuck finding each successive kg far far harder than the last!
General discussion / Re: Tower Block Fire And Aftermath
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Today at 01:39:21 PM »
I saw a figure of 600  residents so took 1% as Type 1 and somewhat over 3% for Type II (as it seems more prevalent in the Asian community).

I lost contact with the person who went to Abervan decades ago. He worked with my mother and I would say he was 4 - 5 years older than me, so around 19 -20. The moment he heard of the disaster he drove straight there to help. I think mum introduced us as I had had a number of spells in hospital when repeated infections sent my diabetes spiralling out of control - as we all subsequently found out urine tests were next to useless!
General discussion / Re: Tower Block Fire And Aftermath
« Last post by everydayupsanddowns on Today at 12:18:56 PM »
I am not after starting a discussion about this but more on the effect on any diabetics affected. By the law of averages I estimate that there should have been around 6 - 7 Type I and upwards of 20 Type IIs affected. As diabetics we are told to avoid stress but this must have been extremely stressful and still be. If anyone affected is on this forum I would be interested to hear of your experience. I used to know someone who helped in the rescue at Abervan who was Type I - he toiled for over 24 hours eating occasionally and taking no insulin. He said he was neither hypo nor hyper at any time to his knowledge.

Not sure how you estimated those numbers Dr D. They seem a little high to me? I had thought I'd heard on the news what there were 600 residents, but Wikipedia suggests 127 flats with 227 bedrooms, so even that looks on the high side.

I didn't think UK prevalence of T2D was much more than 6%. I'm not sure if the "10% of PWD have T1" still holds, but interested to hear how you came up with your estimates in case I've got my numbers completely sideways.

In any respect - anyone living with a long term condition is going to find the aftermath of something like that very difficult. As are all those other being turfed out of their homes because they are now deemed unsafe. :(
General discussion / Re: Tower Block Fire And Aftermath
« Last post by BBarb on Today at 12:01:52 PM »
It seems we have no members who were directly effected (unless they've lost their computers of course) but you raise an interesting point.  The human body is an amazing piece of equipment and must be able to operate on adrenaline in a crisis.
I assume your friend at Aberfan would be in the prime of his life and his body thankfully did him proud.
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