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Re: [IP] Bob Krause: Oldest Living Type 1 Diabetic [Krause currently has an insulin pump, and has had it since 1978]

How lucky were are to have the tools to treat this disease today,  I can't
imagine the difficulty these people went through.  Hurray for Bob and his
wonderful mother.

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM, yerachmiel bruchya haLevi <
email @ redacted> wrote:

> http://www.diabeticlive.com/diabetes-101/diabetes-news/bob-krause-oldest-liv
> ing-type-1-diabetic/
> Bob Krause celebrated his 90th birthday in May of 2011, an extraordinary
> fete considering that Mr. Krause was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile
> diabetes mellitus) insulin-dependent diabetes 85 years ago
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> Bob Krause: Oldest Living Type 1 Diabetic
> Posted by admin on 6/26/11 . Categorized as Diabetes News
> Bob Krause celebrated his 90th birthday in May of 2011, an extraordinary
> fete considering that Mr. Krause was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile
> diabetes mellitus) insulin-dependent diabetes 85 years ago.
> Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in younger children, and has nothing
> to
> do with diet or obesity. Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by some
> type virus attacking the islets in the pancreas that produce insulin and
> destroying them, or possibly some environmental effect that also causes
> these islets to die and no longer produce insulin. Also, genetics are known
> to play a role in the eventual diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. A diagnosis of
> Type 1 diabetes always requires the injection of artificial insulin into
> the
> body or the person will die.
> Insulin was discovered in 1921 by Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and
> John Macleod. Prior to the creation of insulin, those diagnosed with Type 1
> diabetes slowly starved and eventually died. There was no insulin in the
> body so the intake of any foods could not be converted to feed the body.
> Without food, the body cannot survive.
> When Krause was diagnosed all those years ago, it was his mother who began
> treating his condition. By the time Krause was six, though, he had taken
> over giving himself injections at every meal.
> During the years, the paraphernalia that is used by diabetics today was not
> available - not the fine-needled syringes, not the blood glucose meters,
> not
> the insulin pumps, and certainly not the artificial sweeteners. Krause's
> mother boiled glass syringes that had long needles. These syringes were not
> disposable and the points of the needles became blunt from wear. When that
> happened, the needles were sharpened to be used again.
> Having lost one son already to juvenile diabetes, Krause's mother was
> diligent with Bob's diet. She weighed each piece of food and kept him on a
> strict diet.
> Over the years, urine testing became available to give the person an idea
> of
> how much sugar was contained in the urine, a dicey way of regulating your
> blood sugar level, but that was all that was available at the time. During
> Krause's lifetime, the way he tested in the early years was to boil his
> urine in a test tube, put a dissolvable tablet in that test tube, and the
> urine in the test tube would turn a different color in reaction to the
> tablet so Krause would have an idea of how much sugar was in his urine.
> Urine testing for sugar levels was not as accurate as the current blood
> testing for blood glucose levels that we have available today.
> There are approximately 3 millions Americans living with Type 1 diabetes.
> It
> is a chronic disease, a lifetime disease. Type 1 diabetes diminishes for
> many diabetics their life expectancy because blood sugar levels out of
> control at any time can eventually lead to severe complications - heart
> disease, blindness, strokes, kidney damage and limb amputations.
> Bob Krause has shown us that living with Type 1 diabetes over a long number
> of years is possible, although he has taken great care of the years to
> control his diabetes and not let it control him. Bob Krause stated that he
> "treats his body like a car and he only eats enough food to fuel the
> machine. To keep your diabetes under control you only eat the food you need
> to before you have activities to perform." He continued by stating that, "I
> eat to keep me alive instead of eating all the time, or for pleasure." His
> diet usually consists of a bowl of nuts and five pitted prunes for
> breakfast, no lunch, and has a salad with lean meat for dinner.
> Krause currently has an insulin pump, and has had it since 1978. The
> insulin
> pump is attached to a person's stomach, and the insulin is administered
> through the pump, with the person opting to choose the amount of insulin to
> be injected into their body, or by letting the newer, more modern insulin
> pumps determine how much insulin will be injected. Krause has stated that
> he
> chooses to use the type insulin pump that allows him to determine the
> amount
> of insulin his body will receive.
> There are other people who have been honored for living so many years with
> Type 1 diabetes. Since 1948, 34 diabetics have received their 75 year
> medals.
> Bob Krause has fought long and hard to keep his diabetes under control, and
> he has been successful for 85 years. He is an inspiration for those going
> down that bumpy, difficult road of managing Type 1 diabetes. He is proof
> that it can be done.
> .
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