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[IP] October 18 speech Living with Diabetes for 52 years

I am scheduled to be the second speaker at the Diabetes Update workshop.   I 
plan to talk about diabetes in the good old days and maybe what has happened 
to me from 1956 to the present date.   My second part will be my body and what 
effect diabetes has had on it.   I will start with the toes.   Are hammer toes 
something from diabetes?   Then the plantar fascitis.   Then moving up to my 
broken left femur 10 years ago and the ostepenia diagnosis.   Next the 
 prostate cancer. I still blame androderm. Heart is OK and gets checked
 Then the allergies.   The nose?   Mine do affect my BG.   Heart is OK.   
Then a misdiagnosis of my lymph gland which was taken out.   Probably not 
 diabetes related just a doctor who wanted to take it out. Also the Dupuytren's
 contracture in both hands. Another operation not done right by another doctor.
Frozen shoulder but it might not have been caused by diabetes.   One Friday 
night bowling Men's league had a teammate   who liked to slap a person's hand 
very hard after a strike or a spare.     I blame him.   Moving up.   
 Periodontal disease. Something about my ears also that Elocon takes care of. I
use much of that.   The eyes--no retinopathy but I am a glaucoma suspect.   
The brain?   I am going to give credit to playing bridge as something that is 
good mental exercise and also builds up the immune system.   You can look it 
I guess that's it.   Like the guy on DLife who has been diabetic 60 years, I 
guess I have to give credit to having the right attitude.   And I am always 
big on exercise.   I recommend a treadmill to everyone, diabetic or not.   I 
have a neighbor who walks along the River in the winter.   He fell through the 
ice twice last year.   My advice to him?   Get a treadmill!   LOL
Jim Durr
Ogdensburg, NY

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